H3 Paulista: "Good value w/ mixed feelings about place/location" Top 5 Page for this destination São Paulo Hotel Tip by Elainehead
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Warning: There will be a lot of criticism in this review, but I would stay again IF I can't find anything cheaper than their rate. Only single and double rooms available (no extra bed available, which is a pity), so not suitable for 3 adults or parents with older children.
Whenever I go to São Paulo I stay at a hotel, but each year it's getting more and more expensive. I usually stayed at Formule 1 Paulista or Paraiso, but this time they were charging about US$ 91 for the room (US$ 6 for breakfast) and honestly, I think it wasn't worth the price. After some research, I found this new hotel called H3 Paulista for US$ 82 (double room with breakfast). It's probably a temporary rate because the hotel is still under renovations/work.
Make sure you have the exact address because there isn't any hotel sign outside their building, just a white paper with their building number 217 attached on their breakfast window...Hopefully it's just temporary... The front desk personnel were very professional, so I can't complain, maybe they should mention about the free wi-fi (password) and how to reach them on the phone (what number should we dial).
I booked my room with Booking.com and the pictures looked better than in person. I mean, the main hall looks fine, but when you approach the elevators/lifts (only one on service), you start having doubts about the place. The elevators doors look in bad shape and if you look at your left (while waiting for the lift), you may notice the bad state of the wall near the stairs. When you get inside the lift, it's very dusty and the lift door won't close completely, so there'll be about a 1,5 cm space left... Yeah, not very reassuring...
When you get to your floor, the carpet looks cheap and in the room, the furniture isn't new, except for the bed and the bathroom. I think the bathroom work was done too quickly (or badly done) and they didn't finish it very well (you can notice around the bathroom window, by the way, if there's anyone peeking the bathroom window from the apartment across (higher floor), they will definitely see you naked while showering. Good water pressure despite taking some time warming it up.
The room does have air conditioning but it's too noisy if you turn it on. Windows, doors and walls are thin, so if you are a light sleeper, this place isn't for you. I was awaken at 7 AM with room neighbors speaking and people going to breakfast, then the renovation works started around 8h30 AM.
Bed and pillow were comfy and clean. There's a flat TV screen, but I didn't really use it. Wi-fi was free and worked fine on the third floor (you have to ask for the passwork at the front desk).
One funny thing to mention, apparently they weren't having electric power issues and for some reason the main room light would flash from time to time when it was off. It didn't bother us, but the personnel apologized for the inconvenience.
Breakfast was included but there isn't much choice (it's courtesy according to their website, so I think you can't really complain, can you?). There's only one person at the breakfast room, so if you aren't patient, don't bother having breakfast here. I had to ask 3 times to have hot water for some tea... Dirty dishes were getting stacked on the counter and when I got a supposed clean glass, it was actually dirty (huge lipstick stain)...
The location isn't the best because even though it's close to Avenida Paulista (1 km away), it's at the end of a steep street (forget high heels and/or heavy luggage if you plan coming on foot) and the neighborhood is a bit dodgy at night. If you want to avoid that steep street, your only option is getting a taxi...Apparently there are no buses nearby that goes to Avenida Paulista...
As I mentioned before, despite all these negative points, I would stay here again ONLY IF I can't find anything cheaper...
Unique Qualities: Good value with a lot to consider.
Address: Rua Rocha 217 - Bela Vista - São Paulo/SP
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
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