InterContinental São Paulo, Brazil – Hotel Review
My first ever trip to São Paulo and to Brazil started on a celebratory note with the launch flight of American Airline’s brand new 777-300ER aircraft. I arrived at the InterContinental São Paulo mid-morning and, as my taxi pulled into the driveway, was greeted by a bellman and welcomed warmly to the hotel. The hotel’s front desk is located near the entrance ahead of the lobby and I completed check-in formalities within minutes and was escorted to my room.
The Deluxe King Club Room was on one of the hotel’s higher floors and included access to the hotel’s club lounge. The room itself was somewhat monochromatic with accents of red on the desk chair and bed runner. At 31 square meters (333 sq feet), it was reasonably spacious, with a small sitting area including two armchairs near the windows. The city view was splendid and a clear blue sky added to the enjoyment and provided opportunities for great scenic photographs.
The bathroom was equally spacious and had a separate jacuzzi/tub and stall shower. The layout was well thought out with ample counter space. A fluffy bathrobe awaited in the hall closet.
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A generously-sized writing desk was in a work area separated by a small partition on the window side of the room. Once I removed the hotel information books, I had more than sufficient space to spread out and work. The desk was paired with a comfortable but non-ergonomic chair. Wi-Fi was fast and free throughout the property and was completely reliable. The hotel’s website promises an iPad loaner service for the busy and perhaps forgetful business traveler.
One of the most important resources for a business traveler in a city for the first time is having access to knowledgeable people who can direct him where he needs to go. In this respect the InterContinental São Paulo was unparalleled. I suspected this might be the case when I noticed that the concierge desk opposite the reception area had a supersized computer display making it easy for the concierge to show guests what they were asking about or needed to know in a clear, graphical manner.
Every time I had a question (and as a first-timer I had many), someone, be it the concierge downstairs or the concierge in the Club Lounge or someone at the front desk, had just the right answer. They not only never failed me but gave me some recommendations on what to do (for example, an amazing pre-Carnaval event that was not at all touristy).
The hotel provides a choice of nine meeting spaces, ranging from smaller rooms for ten-person meetings boardroom style to a large ballroom accommodating 450 people (the Di Cavalcanti room). There’s a slightly smaller space (the Giorgi) that can entertain roughly 200. During my stay, I saw multiple events and meetings taking place and everything appeared to be very well organized.