This property used to be called Hotel Saint Germain - it was one of a group of flats that were given names of French saints. It is now a Mercure hotel.
The location is hard to beat if you need to be close to Avenida Paulista, the heart of São Paulo business life during the week and the hub of weekend activity during the weekend. You will find lots of restaurants, the city's largest bookstore, movie theaters and a supermarket within one block. This is why I have stayed in the hotel many times.
The renovation improved a number of things, such as the elevators. The rooms are now in the Mercure standard. The flats, which had a small kitchen and a separate bedroom, morphed into a modern room that consists basically of a desk and a bed surrounded by a lot of empty space and two (!) balconies. Very nice, but I must confess I really missed the convenience of the flat - even the microwave was gone.
Nothing wrong there - the hotel made an option, and the rooms look great and the setting is very pleasing to the eye. However, the renovation missed a key point - and this requires a trip back in time so you understand.
Remember I mentioned the hotels with French saint names? They had a lot in common, and seemed to be variations of a single design. And they all had one problem: water from the shower drained very slowly, so even after a short time the water would overflow into the bathroom floor.
Well, while the renovation replaced mirrors, shower head, and lights, it probably did not change the piping underneath. As a consequence, the Alamedas will provide you with a new experience: a Mercure-level room with a wet bathroom floor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Sao Paulo Alamedas has 90 rooms and is located in the neighborhood of Jardins, one of the most elegant of Sao Paulo, close to Oscar Freire Street, which houses the main designer shops of the city and one block from Paulista Avenue. The hotel is close to Metro Consolation, and MASP (Sao Paulo Art Musean), which yielded the most important exhibitions in the country, and the Reboucas Convention Centers and other important Convention Centers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Sao Paulo Alamedas Brazil