Finding comfortable, clean and affordable accommodation with a decent level of service in Sao Paulo is becoming a challenge. This place is relatively new (a renovation of a near derelict property), and if it continues in the way it is being run it could be well worth considering.
Rooms, well, OK, my room! - was a decent size, well set out and decorated in cheerful colours, had a comfortable bed and a functional bathroom. And (hurrah!) free wifi. Breakfast was fine for me - not lavish but a good start to the day: more importantly, it was included in the room rate. I'm told there's a gym, but sadly that's not really my thing, so I have no idea how well equipped it is.
I note some reviewers weren't happy with their rooms. I had no problem at all - but it's probably wise to ask to see a couple of rooms before you commit to one.
Reception was staffed by friendly, helpful folk.
That rate was comfortably over $100, discounted from the "rack rate" of BRL270. It's a big hotel, so probably worth asking for a discount if you are booking directly with them. The rate included taxes, which avoids one of the nasty surprises you can get at check out.
The compromise you make for the not-so-bad rate at a nice hotel is the area. Centro had a lousy reputation, and parts of it can feel threatening as it gets dark and the busy sreets empty. But the area is recovering as smart cafes and restaurants open, and hotels open: there's a Novotel nearby, a couple of smarter, pricier, establishments and one (the Bourbon) which is very similar to the Maraba, and possibly better situated.
The Maraba is on the principal avenue of Centro, a busy commercial zone, next to one of the most famous music bar/cafes in the city, the Brahma bar. This is located by the road junction thought of as the very heart of the city.
In tourism terms, the bonus of the hotel is the closeness of the airport bus terminus and Republica metro station, and Republica Park itself (handicraft market and Sunday art market). The municipal theatre (opera, concerts), cathedral and Sao Bento monastery are all within an easy walk.
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