The location is the selling point of the Quality Suites Imperial Inn. It is situated just half a block from Rua Oscar Freire (the 5th Avenue or Rodeo Drive of Brazil), so if that's your destination, this hotel is likely your best bet. Avenida Paulista (the Wall Street of Brazil, with several shopping malls) is slightly over seven blocks uphill (at a surprisingly steep incline) from the hotel.
The neighborhood is exceedingly affluent and felt safe in the day and night. This particular portion of the Jardins neighborhood is essentially the Beverly Hills of São Paulo. However, you only have to stray a few blocks before you encounter littered streets and heavily-graffitied buildings (which are commonplace in São Paulo). In other words, use good judgment and common sense when going out, particularly at night.
The room was large and included a small living room (with couch) and a small kitchen. The bedroom was connected but could be closed off with the sliding pocket door. The room included a flat screen TV and air conditioning, which is desirable to beat the summer heat and humidity. The minibar (treats and drinks) was standard and, as usual, overpriced. The internet was free, reliable, and wired, and the speed was roughly comparable to a low-tier broadband connection. The furniture was worn. The bathroom was clean but was obviously dated and would greatly benefit from a renovation.
The front desk staff was nice and had no trouble with English. However, my check-in took almost an hour. Sadly, they had to scrounge around in a back room for 10-15 minutes just to find my reservation (I have no idea why it took them so long). I then waited about 45 minutes for them to get a room ready, which was disappointing considering it was around 4:00 in the afternoon. I was further disappointed that even though I was sitting in the lobby right near the front desk, they didn't even take the initiative to notify me when the room was clean, even though they weren't attending to other guests. I don't know if they always do this, but they sent a complimentary fruit basket up to my room shortly after I got settled in.
The hotel had a good breakfast that was self-serve and all-you-can-eat. It included a couple types of cereals, Brazilian pastries, fruit, sandwiches, sandwich meats, cheeses, juice, scrambled eggs, cakes, yogurt, and few other things. I believe they also serve lunch and dinner there, although it is not complimentary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel located in the heart of Jardins, just a few meters from the famous Oscar Freire Street! Close of the best in design, gastronomy and fashion, Quality Suites Oscar Freire has the perfect structure for those who come to São Paulo for business or pleasure! The 142 rooms are carefully decorated with elements that guarantee comfort of our guests! At the convention center it is possible to arrange from small to large meetings for up to 150 people in auditorium! The Marcel Restaurant, traditional and french, guarantees the excellence of service through its delicious menu and with its unmissable gruyere cheese souffle! Our sufle was considered gastronomic patrimony of the city of São Paulo! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Suites Imperial Hall Hotel Sao Paulo
- Quality Inn Sao Paulo
- Quality Suites Oscar Freire Sao Paulo, Brazil