While Rio de Janeiro may be the first city that comes to mind when you think of Brazil, São Paulo is the country’s cultural epicenter. This sprawling metropolis is home to numerous museums, a diverse culinary scene and an abundance of street art. To match this creative energy, the new JW Marriott Hotel São Paulo celebrates Brazil and homegrown talent.
Formerly a Four Seasons, Marriott International splurged during the pandemic for their first luxury hotel in São Paulo and reopened it under the JW Marriott name this past May. Guests are immediately invited into an art-filled space—the lobby is decorated with pieces by Brazilian artist Burle Marx and scattered throughout the rest of the property include the works of Ramon Martins, Regina de Barros, and Rubens Ianelli.
On the ground floor you will find Bar Caju, a popular weeknight spot among those who work in the area. A live band performs Tuesday through Thursday and it’s the perfect place to sip a Caipirinha, the country’s national drink, while enjoying some tunes. And just beyond a striking red and gold spiral staircase is Neto, the hotel’s restaurant. Assisted by Ícaro Rizzo, the chef combines his Sicilian heritage with his São Paulo upbringing to make Italian food with Brazilian ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes like handmade pastas that highlight locally made cheeses; pizzas baked on Sundays in a wood-fired brick oven; hearty stews with pork sausage from Bragança, Brazil; and sorbets made from native fruits such as jaboticaba and capuaçu.
The floors above house the hotel’s 258 accommodation. Corridors leading to these spacious digs are accented with banana fiber, while the patterned rugs are a nod to the Pinheiros River that flows alongside the property. Once inside, you’ll find comfortable rooms decorated with contemporary art, lots of wood and colors alongside plush mattresses and desirable amenities like JBL alarm speakers and Illy coffee makers. The large bathrooms are equipped with Alma Brasil toiletries and all, except the Deluxe category, boast freestanding bathtubs.
For those willing to splurge, the Presidential Suite is a beauty. With over 2,000 square feet of space, there is a living area, dining room, office and a large wet bar. Large windows provide lots of natural light. A large bathroom with copper sinks sits next to a substantial walk-in closet. But it’s the mix of modern and contemporary furniture – including armchairs and a stunning bar cart by Polish-Brazilian designer Jorge Zalszupin – that makes it a stunner.
In addition to a fully equipped fitness center with a private yoga room, guests will also have access to a heated, indoor-outdoor pool with lounge chairs and sunbeds as well as a eucalyptus-scented sauna. And if you have the time, be sure to visit the spa, where a full range of treatments using local fruits and flowers will help you relax and unwind.
For more information, visit JW Marriott Hotel São Paulo website.