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Tivoli Mofarrej - Sao Paulo
Ranked #8 of 326 Hotels in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

I can say that this hotel has one of the worst internet connections I've ever seen in Latin America. They charge you around 20 dollars per day and you can barely access to your email. No way to access videos and even less trying to use skype. Perhaps it is a good hotel bacause of its architecture and the location but prepare to not having any internet connection.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Great business hotel, stayed here for an event -with a lovely pool and gym.
Rooms are huge and clean, staff very friendly.
Hotel food is good but with a variety of some great restaurants nearby.
Rooms are expensive

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

At first glance, this is an awesome Hotel, the lobby grand and classy, service so personal, helpful and ‎warm, and all together an initial awesome welcome experience. The hotel has lots of things going for ‎it, great location, fantastic English speaking staff, looks and feels like an international 5 star, sumptuous ‎breakfast, the restaurant, common areas, rooms, bed, cushions, towels, everything totally amazing. ‎This is by far, the best bed I have slept in any hotel in Brazil, saying this after sleeping 7 months straight ‎in Brazilian Hotels. The room, large, comfortable, big shower, simply divine, plenty of cupboard space, ‎total indulgence in luxury (Collection class Room). Truthfully, when you enter the hotel initially, you are ‎like, wow, this is the real deal, a real 5 star.‎

However, the Hotel losses lots of points on small stupid things, they could easily be the absolute best, ‎but instead lose it on petty matters, which with time changes the whole outlook, and this is such a ‎shame, since I really liked this Hotel. ‎

When you start being petty about little things that a normal 5 star Hotel includes, that’s when you start ‎pissing people off, things like, charging for Internet $15 USD per day or pouncing on you after ‎breakfast, for you to sign for a $60 price tag per couple, which you were not initially made aware of, ‎since apparently, breakfast is not included for all rooms. They also have other ways of penalising you ‎with various charges, like charging for the gym facilities, this also gets peoples back up. Generally ‎speaking, in a hotel-not a hostel-all facilities and services are included besides food and beverages ‎‎(besides breakfast which is included as a standard). It’s petty, short-sightedness and all these so called ‎‎“extra’s” should be included in the room price even on the basic room price of $400-$500 dollars per ‎night, not to mention the more expensive rooms of $600-$700 pn, whereas it’s really a cheek to ask for ‎extra’s!‎

They try and cut corners where they can, so, you have a stunning room, but the air con, does not allow ‎you to go below 21 degrees, truth is, during the day, it never reaches as low as 21, so, you are in a ‎room of 25-26 degrees and no matter how long you have it on, it will not get cooler. Two teams ‎checked the air con and said it’s fine, it’s “just” limited to 21 degrees. A typical Pousada trick to keep ‎costs low, but, these guys need to get out of the Pousada mentality, if they are charging $400 and ‎southward for the most basic room.‎

Another cheeky way of cutting costs is the room service, you pay $50-$70 USD for a main meal from an ‎uninspiring short menu (which often became even shorter, as they constantly didn’t have various ‎dishes available.) I invite you to look at the pics I attached and see for yourself if you have ever seen ‎such a tiny Club Sandwich or any of the other stingy main dishes. Basically, they hit you twice, the room ‎services prices are restaurant prices, but at the same time, the portions are tiny. Leaving your guest ‎hungry, on top of those aggressive food prices, is a sure way to alienate them.‎

Another example, of cutting corners, whilst the room and bathroom are stunning, they had a real ‎cheap looking, wobbly toilet installed, looks like such a dodgy job, that it has been fixed crooked, the ‎whole thing is lopsided. Maybe that’s why they need to constantly maintain it, with the water never ‎flushing adequately, even after un-blocking, looks like a really lousy plumbing job. I suspect that the ‎water in the sink that took 30 minutes to go down is somehow connected to the poor plumbing ‎system too.‎

The problem is, that the prices are already sky high, so, they feel uncomfortable to make it ‎even ‎higher to include the basic things, so, they make it look like the prices are lower, then ‎they basically ‎penalise you for anything you do. Truth is, when you make your guest feel like crap, they will ‎not come ‎back, when you are petty and charge all kind of extra fees, yes, they will pay, “once” they will never ‎come back. Hence the poor rating too, even though it is such a stunning Hotel.‎

I hope someone in the management is reading the sign on the ‎wall, since this Hotel has the potential ‎to be nothing less than awesome.‎

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

They have different levels of rooms, some are not very good or clean. I wouldn't recommend taking your shoes off in the one I am in right now.

The wifi does not work in the corner rooms.

Had to ask for a kettle to make coffee in the room, they charge to include coffee and tea when/if they bring it.

Employees seem to be indifferent to guests' needs with some language problems.

There are much better hotels with better service within walking distance-Recommend The Intercontinental.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Very clean and nice rooms. Good location in nice neighborhood. Elevator a little noisy in 1113 next to elevators. Internet worked well in this room. Internet did not work well in room 705.
No complimentary in room coffee and no tea kettle in room. A/C worked well.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I was here on business. Location is great, and as expected the staff was very warm and helpful. For the very high price of this hotel, internet was not included (and cost $40+ for three days), and you have to pay 15 reals to use the gym. Crazy. When I'm traveling for business, I need a hotel that is going to make my stay easy. In addition, the elevators are extremely loud and I could hear them easily from my room. Yes, the room was the size of a small apartment, which just isn't important to me. I would not recommend this hotel unless one wants to stay here simply because of the location.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The decor of the hotel is breathtaking!!! Check-in was fast n the front desk reps were very friendly. I loved the Nara Lounge and Bar my favorite was Alan. I stayed at this hotel for two wks and every night I stopped by the lounge to chat with Alan he gave the best restaurant suggestions. The food at Nara Lounge was good also!

The concierge is very very knowledgable they gave me great tips on shopping restaurants and nightclubs. They are willing to go above and beyond to ensure u have the best stay at there hotel. One night I had to make a quick run to the pharmacy but it was dark outside. The concierge told me "I will walk with you there". So he did and he walked me back. That was one of my biggest highlights at this hotel. The customer service is great.

Now for some of the things I didn't like:

- the gym is not included as part of the hotel. It's an extra $15 usd per day. The gym hours and size are very limited. Also the gym is a public gym so it's usually crowded.

- the food on the room service menu is not as good as it looks when you read the menu description. I only ordered room service twice the fish was a bit salty and over cooked but edible. The steak was as hard as the plate it came on. I returned the food and just kept my drink that came with the order. They were very nice and took the meal off my bill.

Despite my dislikes noted above I would recommend this hotel because of its location. It's less than two minutes away from Paulista Ave. This is where the banks are, shopping, and eating. On Sunday there is a cool local market where u can purchase a lot nice gifts for yourself, family, and friends.

Room Tip: Do not get the classic room it's to small
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Jersey K
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Address: Alameda Santos 1437 | Cerqueira César, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01419-001, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Sao Paulo > Sao Paulo > Jardins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Sao Paulo
#8 Luxury Hotel in Sao Paulo
#18 Family Hotel in Sao Paulo
#21 Romantic Hotel in Sao Paulo
#26 Business Hotel in Sao Paulo
Price Range: $177 - $336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tivoli Mofarrej - Sao Paulo 5*
Number of rooms: 217
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to São Paulo - the economic and cultural capital of South America, its largets city and home to over 70 nationalities. Vibrant, diverse and utterly fascinating. In the exclusive Jardins neighbourhood, minutes away from the acclaimed São Paulo Museum of Art Assis Chateaubriand, the luxurious Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel is an urban oasis. With its soaring lobby, stunning pool and frequent showcasing of contemporary artists, the hotel attracts celebrities, heads of state and royalty alike. Among the wide range of rooms, discover the one that suits you best. Inspire your taste buds with our indulgent cuisine: the lively Bistrô or the poolside Narã lounge. Take advantage of our world-class Conference and Events Centre with its 7 meeting rooms, renowned for hosting seamless meetings and one of a kind weddings alike. Once the working day is done, unlock the secrets of the city with our Experience Teams, shop till you drop in the stunning JK Iguatemi luxury shopping mall, or unwind by the hotel pool and semi-tropical garden. ... more   less 
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