Mercure Apartments Sao Paulo Central Towers

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Rua Maestro Cardim 407, Paraiso, Sao Paulo - SP, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, 01323000, Brazil

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Hotel Mercure Sao Paulo Central Towers
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Rated 14% lower than similarly priced 3 star hotels

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    Long stay near Paulista avenue


    I stayed here in late October 2005. This hotel is on the street behind Paulista shopping mall, so we just had to leave the mall from the parking lot and walk a bit to get to our hotel.

    Our room was actually a studio with a fully-equipped kitchen, AC, mini-bar, etc. The bed was queen-sized one. There was cable TV.

    On the top floor, you have an excellent view of 23 de Maio Avenue and part of its neighborhood. You will also find a small swimming pool, a fitness room and sauna.

    Breakfast was included on the room rate. It was served downstairs on a tiny room beside the front desk. It looked like it was temporary. It was a self-service continental buffet breakfast. Sorry, but I don't remember much about it.

    Unique Quality: Spotless clean. Big room with a fully-equipped kitchen. Close to Paulista shopping mall.

    Directions: Nearest metro station: Vergueiro.

    Close to Paulista shopping mall and a few steps from Beneficiencia Portuguesa Hospital.

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Forum Posts

12 Hour Over Layover at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl--WHAT TO DO?

by goingeverywhere

We have a 12 hour layover at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl Airport and I am looking to make the most of it! I would love to leave the airport and explore....please let me know if you have suggestions to help us make the most of the 12 hours! Thanks in advance!!!

Re: 12 Hour Over Layover at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl--WHAT TO DO?

by bahiana77

You have not included some crucial information that may cut your sightseeing time considerably. Arrival time? Day of the week? Time of year/month? Arriving to GRU from international flight or domestic? Actual departure time? Traffic, and weather related traffic problems, are big factors, as is the arrival of other flights at roughly the same time......maybe even totaling up to 6 hours (2 to get out of passport/baggage claim/customs & 2 in either direction to/from airport/city) in the most extreme conditions.

You might consider strolling around in Jardins, looking at shops and restaurants, going to the MASP (museum) and Trianon park, a jaunt up to the top of the Italian building (or Banespa) to see the view of the city......

Re: 12 Hour Over Layover at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl--WHAT TO DO?

by goingeverywhere

Thanks for bringing this to my attention and really wanting to help me out! Looks like a left out tons of info! I will be arriving Sat. morning from an international flight at 8:30am in two weeks time...May 1st.

Does that help narrow down options?

Re: 12 Hour Over Layover at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl--WHAT TO DO?

by bahiana77

Well, somewhat. On a weekend, and at a rather low season time like in May, traffic into town may not be so bad as on a weekday, esp. if it is not raining. An 8:30 flight probably means that a number of other flights may be arriving about the same time, slowing down the passport control line, but it is low season with less travellers as well. Try to get off the plane and into the line as fast as possible. Your options to get into town are pre-paid taxi, regular taxi and shuttle bus. If you choose the bus, the route will take you through Jardins. Perhaps a good stop to get off might be the Renaissance hotel, a short walk to Av. Paulista.
Hopefully some other posters will have some great ideas for you.
Happy travels.

Re: 12 Hour Over Layover at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl--WHAT TO DO?

by ThiagoRamos

Hi, there.

I´ll try to give you some options, but it really depends o what you wanna do.

1) Avenida Paulista - It´s the symbol of São Paulo, the commercial heart of the city. You can walk from one end to the other in 40 minutes. At the avenue there´s the art museum (MASP), one of the best in Brazil. I really recommend a walk at Paulista Av. on a Saturday!!!

2) Ibirapuera Park - It´s the most famous park of the city. Very beautiful.

3) Museu do Ipiranga - That´s one of my favourite places in São Paulo. The museum itself has interesting historical paintings and objects, but the highlights are the gardens of the palace and the Independence Park, in front of them.

In 12 hours I think you can visit 2 of these 3 places.

Enjoy Sampa!!!

Re: 12 Hour Over Layover at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl--WHAT TO DO?

by ThiagoRamos

Just one more thing. May 1st is the workers holiday, so there are usually big popular shows all over the city. If you like music and don´t mind big crowds, maybe that´s good news for you. If that´s not what you want, avoid the places where the shows are usually held, such as Praça Campo de Bagatele. The Paulista Av. sometimes is used for these shows, so look for this info when you arrive at the airport.

Travel Tips for São Paulo

Nightlife and Museums

by maboli

I live in SP since I was 4 months old.
Therefore, I know places that foreigners would love and places they would hate.

Good things about my city: nightlife and museums.

Going out is easy and unexpensive, depending on what you like to do. There're bars and clubs for all tastes.

I love Rua Augusta... but stay around Avenida Paulista, because as it gets closer to the center, the more hookers and whore houses there are. Avenida Paulista, by the way, is great. Best clubs, in my opinion, are in Jardins, Vila Madalena, Pinheiros and Bela Vista.

If you like fancy and expensive bars and clubs, then go to Vila Olimpia... (I hate it).

Other great thing about the city are the museums. MASP, MAC and MAM. Best ones. There's also Pinacoteca, which is great, depending no the exhibition. Although, it' always worth it to take a look at its building (very beautiful).
If you're afraid of crowds, buses and metros, then get a taxi. But, prepare your wallet... taxi in SP is very expensive.

If you know someone here, you'll love SP! If you don't, maybe it'll be harder to like it.

If you like big cities, that's the place to go. If you don't, there're always some parks to go... but prefer going to the north coast of the state. If you feel like giong to the mountains, Campos de Jordão is a good option (although expensive).

Ride a bike!

by toni23

I love ride a bike here in São Paulo. There are some parks that you can ride and enjoy your travel here.

Villa Lobos Park is a very nice park to ride a bike, walking, read a book. You can rent a bike.

São Paulo Tip

by AndreasK

Visit a bar where they perform capoeira dances. Slaves in Brazil were not allowed to engage in fighting but they found a way to develop skills in martial arts by learning capoeira (pronounced kap-ware'-uh).

Amazing BBQ

by Jasoninlondon about Vento Haragano

This is a traditional BBQ restaurant in Sao Paulo. They will send a mini bus to pick you up from your hotel. For R$48 you can eat all the meat and salad you wish. But beware the salad bar is very substantial and the meat is amazing. Servers constantly wander about with big spits of fresh cooked meat. The range is astounding with 21 cuts of beef plus many other meats. All of the meat is spectacular. Do not eat before going here....

Good Vegetarian Restaurant in Jardins

by Elainehead about Apfel

Due to health problems, I had to eat only at vegetarian restaurants while in São Paulo and this was my first time in a place like this. I'm glad I came here, because I really liked it, especially the lunch buffet from Monday to Friday. I think it was R$ 20 (all you can eat with drinks and dessert).
The food was really good. I don't remember anything specific, but they had hot and cold dishes from soups to pasta. I was only disappointed with the drinks option, only water and a syrup (water with syrup) thing.
I thought there was a dinner buffet, but unfortunately there wasn't. It's a "la carte" and very pricey, but still good nonetheless (at least my dish, which was "mandioquinha gnocchi"). My husband had some kind of risoto (too hot for him - curry, ginger, red pepper...). Before you place your order, you are given some appetizers (we had mangue/mint juice, something that seemed like ricotta with coriander, a small salad and Swedish bread). We also had dessert, which was some kind of apple pie (I didn't like it very much - too sweet for my taste).


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