Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio 4700, Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo, 01402-002, Brazil
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Sao Paulo's hippest hotel
It’s safe to say that the Hotel Unique lives up to its name. 50 Cent, Lady Ga Ga and President Lula da Silva himself are among guests to have slumbered in this bizarre building, which looks like a cross between a giant melon wedge and Noah’s Ark. The acclaimed Brazilian designer Ruy Ohtake claimed that he intended it to look like neither upon its completion five years ago, creating a luxury dwelling both unique in shape and style. The 100m-long by 25m-high inverted arch, with its 95 rooms, has become one of the most distinctive landmarks in Sao Paulo. A model in modern architecture and creativity, Unique’s green copper façade alone makes this hotel live up to its name. Located in the heart of Jardins, the most upscale residential neighborhood in Sao Paulo, and just minutes from Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo’s largest verdant space, the building rises like a behemoth.
Shielding shadowy glass and a desert garden of moon rock, palms and succulents are the first impressions that the hotel offers. Theatrical lofty internal spaces such as the lobby are accentuated and highlighted with walls of marble, and strident, geometric themes make the display even more impressive. A carefully choreographed continuum of circles and squares flow in and out of each other, softened by wooden floors, sleek white furnishings and transparent glass fittings. The design encompasses six floors with over 90 rooms and an additional 10 suites designed by interior designer Joao Armentano. The formation of the large circular windows offers stunning views of Sao Paulo.
The imposing vast reception area is rendered warmer by the complimentary glass of champagne offered at check in. A-list beauties clad in Prada compromise the affable staff. Rooms are compact, yet airy, and almost completely white, with a large porthole window over which a wooden screen would glide at night via remote control from the bedside. Attention has been paid to detail, with both the pine desk and large movable mirror. The bathroom contains a shower with a huge head, and the bath, complete with inflatable pink pillow filled with glowing green feathers (not as tacky as it sounds), also turns into a powerful Jacuzzi.
The bathrooms open into the main room and turndown service includes freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies, and there is a discreet box filled with condoms and chewing gum next to the bed—how convenient!
Standard rooms start at US$333 per night and go upwards to around $932 a night; all excluding breakfast.
Unique Quality: he best views are from the oblong red-tiled, heated swimming rooftop pool. It buzzes at night with catwalk queens and handsome power brokers, and during the day, a dip here gives you an astonishing 360-degree panorama of the city’s skyscrapers all jutting up through the clouds. Even on a cloudy night, there is a sunset glow, with the terrace artfully illuminated by pink floodlights.
The Skye restaurant located up here is overseen by chef Emmanuel Bassoleil, who has won awards for its innovative menu, which includes a huge sushi and sashimi collection plus interesting Latin fusion twists, such as manioc gnocchi and shrimp in winter squash. It does, however, all come at prices about what you would expect to pay for such quality in London or New York.
The hotel is also home to the awesome D-Edge nightclub, recently voted one of the worlds best by DJ magazine for its low-attitude, high-party atmosphere and bass blasting sound system.
First Class Hotel
I spent the better part of a week at Hotel Unique, and had a great time. The workout facility is great, the underground swimming pool truly unique. The rooftop restaurant and bar offer incredible views of Sao Paulo, and the food was wonderful (although the sushi has some room for improvement). The staff must have been sent to charm school, as most were exceptionally freindly and helpful (especially Phillipe at the front desk). I've read that security was a bit aggessive, but I found them to be just fine. There is a separate entrance to the restaurant upstairs for non-guests, and the hotel elevator will not operate without a room key. The hotel is in close proximity to Bienal do Ibirapuera (close enough to walk) where they host art exhibits, consumer shows, and in our case a car show called Salao de Tuning.
Unique Quality: Rooftop pool and terrace offer incredible views at night.
Architecture and decor is first class.
Food - wonderful.
Round windows in room that open, great showers and folding glass doors next to the jacuzzi tub that open into the sleeping area (standard room).
Giant slide that enters the underground pool from the locker room area.
Directions: Jardins district.
Unique is unique indeed , no kidding
Well, Camila and I were on our way home from a late dinner in a restaurant in June 2003 when she had the great idea: "There's that new hotel I read about !! Let's go and check it out !" So we did... impressive allready the 8 meter high entrance door with all black clad security guards standing around near by...The wellcome at the reception is warm and courteous... the reception being just a table with two chairs on each side and one laptop.. that's all... you sit down on a comfty chair to fill out the form while they serve you champagne (or you just grab the champagne bottle and serve yourself). Service is very discreet , fast and perfect. The place is somewhat expensive for being so outstandingly different in many ways and because it is rather small for a five star hotel . I think I remember there are just 57 rooms.... I definitely recommend it. I LOVED the linen , sheets , the whole room , about 6 big , thick, soft , fluffy pillows on the bed , between the bedroom and bathroom is a ... ( don't know the english word...) kind of a separating device made out of some kind of acrylic plastic , not a door , not a curtain , that folds up and lets you watch your preferred cable TV show on the plasma TV in the bedroom from your jacuzzi bathtub... need I say more..?
O , yes... this is the place where you might see celebrities... We bumped into Milton Nascimento ( famous musician in the same bracket as Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso...)
Unique Quality: This hotel is called Unique and it is... Conceived by a famous architect ( sorry , no name , I'm not into architecture...) it looks like a slice of watermelon with the curvy side down... or like a boat.... The windows are the watermelon seeds... The lobby is impressively minimalistic and there's a creek flowing through it ( if I remember right ) The hallways on the room floors are somewhat reminiscent of a purple labyrinth... The rooms on the edges have curved walls.... The pool on the rooftop is long and narrow and blood red....
Windows are round like big bull eyes...
This is not a highrise so the view from the rooms is not breathtaking and in the back really nothing special at all while you can see Ibirapuera Park from the front windows. But on the rooftop you get an impressive look at the São Paulo highrise silhouette along Ave Paulista and the Jardins area.
As Camila and I were standing on the edge of the hotel admiring the view , what a coincidence (!!!!) , we remarked that on the roof of the adjacent building , some 15 meters from us and 6 meters below they were shooting kind of a Playboy photo session.... Some 6 or 7 guys and 2 women ( production team) standing around while one beautifull , sexy and stark naked woman was being photographed......
Camila and I cheered , whistled and held the thumbs up and most of them including the model waved and smiled back at us.....
Do NOT count on having this kind of "exceptionally good and breathtaking" view everytime you go there , no matter how unique the place is....
Directions: On Ave. Brigadeiro Luiz Antonio , practically across from Ibirapuera Park. Near Itaim and Jardins.
More about Hotel Unique
An architectural landmark in São Paulo, Hotel Unique is also among the city's top hotels. Its unusual - or "unique" - shape is often said to resemble a watermelon resting on stilts. Regardless, the building catches the eye and is well worth a visit, if one is not staying at the hotel itself. It was designed by the Brazilian architect, Ruy Ohtake. Among the hotel's attractions is its popular rooftop bar with excellent views over the city and the nearby Parque do Ibirapuera.
Located at Unique Hotel, the rooftop bar and restaurant is one of São Paulo's trendiest and most popular bars. It was recommended to me by numerous people who knew São Paulo. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and fatigue from sightseeing, I never made it here in the evening. Instead, I stopped by one morning just to see the place and I took the attached photos. It looked like a great place for an evening drink or dinner, so perhaps next time!
Trendy night spot
Situated above Hotel Unique in downtown Sao Paulo, this is definitely one place to go to see the beautiful people in the city out at night. It has very trendy decor, with delicious caiprinhas of all imaginable flavors, an open kitchen, dining area, and then outdoor area filled with tables, a swimming pool, and a view of some of the city's skyline.
Very popular spot, pricey, and will be very crowded. You enter on the side of the hotel via an elevator. Usually is a cover. No sneakers. Business casual. Collared shirt, pants, sandals, shoes, summer dresses for women, all acceptable.
visiting sao paulo in july
im going to sao paulo in july to see my girlfriend for the first time (long story). anyways ill be there for a few weeks i dont have too much money, but where is romantic places to go. and also id like to treat her to some expensive hotel for a couple nights..any ideas? maybe one with a whirlpool in the suite or something, ive tried looking but couldnt find. Also it doesnt have to be in sao paulo, i would like to take her out of the city for a bite. help me! lol
Re: visiting sao paulo in july
Suggestions for romantic places to go:
Campos do Jordão: 2 hours from São Paulo. Winter is the high season, so the city is always crowded.
Choose "Para Ir A Dois" (Perfil menu) and click on Bares.
Expensive hotels with whirpool (some not sure if in the suite):
- Hotel Transamerica (very far from city center)
Choose Suite Diplomata, Alvorada, Itamaraty or Presidencial
- Hotel Unique (well located)
- Hotel Renaissance (well located)
Expensive hotels with jacuzzi:
- Hotel Intercontinental São Paulo (well located)
Choose Suite Junior (king size bed and jacuzzi) or Suite Executiva (same as Junior but bigger)
- Hilton São Paulo Morumbi (very far from city center)
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Address: Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio 4700, Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo, 01402-002, Brazil