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“Simple, cheap, clean - it works” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Sao Joao 1140 | Centro, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01036-100, Brazil (Formerly Formule 1 Centro)   |  
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“Simple, cheap, clean - it works”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

There isn't too much one can write about a property like this - the rooms are small, but functional and can house 3. The location is fantastic for the Centro area, and is a short walk from multiple transit routes. There are supermarkets near by for food, plenty of places to drink and eat - all in all, as locations go, it works very well.

Breakfast is basic, but cheap and internet access, while not free, is also reasonably priced. All in all, I'd recommend this hotel as a budget choice in Sao Paulo.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

Great location, just a few blocks from the Republica Metro Station. Clean and helpful staff. No problems at all. You have to pay 7 reais for the breakfast - simple but ok.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2008

If you're looking for a clean and descent place to stay without all the bells and whistles and on a budget, this is the best option in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. There are four Formule 1 Hotels in SP and one in Rio, and they are all exactly the same to each other. We've stayed in the Centro and Jardins in SP and the one in Rio. All rooms can accommodate up to 3 people for the same price utilizing bunk beds. A queen bed on bottom and a twin on top.

The room is small but has the basics. There is no mini-fridge or telephone though. And the only weird thing to be aware about is that the shower is basically in the same room as the bedroom. The only thing separating your naked body from other people in your room is a frosted glass door. (See pics). But that can be mostly resolved by hanging your towel over the door to cover it.

Both breakfast and parking cost extra. The breakfast is a good, normal continental breakfast. It only costs R$ 5 (~U$ 2.50). And we were able to do without parking since the hotels are generally in good locations near Metro stops, business centers, and tourist places.

Unlike the previous reviewer, I had no problem making my reservation though their web site for any of the three times I've booked a room.

  • Liked — economic and great locations
  • Disliked — lack of privacy between bedroom and shower if in mixed company makes things interesting
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Avenida Sao Joao 1140 | Centro, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01036-100, Brazil (Formerly Formule 1 Centro)
Location: Brazil > State of Sao Paulo > Sao Paulo
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Hotel Style:
#13 Best Value Hotel in Sao Paulo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ibis Budget Sao Paulo Sao Joao 3.5*
Number of rooms: 260
Also Known As:
Formule 1 Sao Paulo Centro Hotel Sao Paulo
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