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NNJTaiwan
Ivanhoe, Australia

A 4-star hotel in spirit

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Oct 11, 2013
While this hotel has lost its former glory, one can still see that it was once a 4-star hotel.
The staff were extremely professional, particularly in the restaurant. They were all very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was excellent with yummy scrambled eggs, fresh and sweet fruit and other good variety of selections. The location was the reason why I chose this hotel - 3 minute walk to metro and 5 minute walk to aeroport bus services. Walkable distance to most attractions - even Paulista if you really want.

However, the facilities were very tired and dated. Dark corridors; shaky door lock; no window lock - which was the biggest problem because we were on 3rd floor and although unlikely, there was possibility of break-in. Ask for rooms on higher floors would avoid this problem.

I enjoyed staying in the hotel and I felt I have been well looked after. However, the surrounding streets are a little scary with many homeless people. So I would definitely come back if I were to stay in the Centro - however for security concerns I would probably consider staying in Paulista or Jardin area next time.
Date of stay: October 2013
Room Tip: Ask for a room on higher floors (4th floor onwards)
Trip type: Travelled on business
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

If you are looking for a modern hotel do not go to the Gran Corona.
This hotel is old style, vintage, but this is its charm.
The rooms are showing their age, but they are clean and comfortable, breakfast is good (although a bit repetitive ), the restaurant is good, and in fact known in the area. The WiFi line works well in all rooms and in the lounge.
The hotel is located a stone's throw from Praza da Republica, which means that the subway gets you quickly to other parts of the city. On this square every Sunday morning is a nice market where they sell all kinds of typical Brazilian artifacts.
I've used this hotel for many years, I go to Sao Paolo at least three times every year for my job, and I always come back here because the staff is very helpful and friendly, it's nice to get there and feel welcome with your name and a warm handshake (or with a pat on the back, in the Brazilian manner).
I know the staff, always willing to help (you have spotted a dress? Do you need the room to be made up at particular times? Need any directions to a store? ... ).
Just outside you will find typical restaurants and shops, the area is not the best in town, this is not a tourist area, but it is safe and dangerous like the rest of the city, while here you can savor the true Sao Paulo.

Room tip: don't forget to ask for room with double bed!
Date of stay: March 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Friendly Staff. Comfortable. Rooms a little dated but sufficient. Good Location for visiting everything in Sao Paulo, Everyone seems to complain about the area being unsafe?, however it is no less unsafe than any other city in the world, as long as you do not advertise that you are a Tourist and you walk around in a group or not less that 2 people after hours, all is fine.
Breakfast is sufficient but eggs to order would be great.

Date of stay: June 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank tonymF7470KC
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Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

a four stars hotel with dirty rooms, small and unconfortable beds, very noisy and old air condition machines, dirty carpet, no shampoo and hairdryer, unfriendly personneel.located in the very center of the city.

Date of stay: August 2012
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1  Thank gemmy16it
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Old and tired hotel, no upgrades were made for the last 30 - 35 years... It is definitely not a 4 star hotel, but rather 2/ max 3 stars. We were not provided even with the shampoo (for the suites only...seriously). Very uncomfortable bed. Crib for the baby was old and smelled like urine. Not recommended at all

Date of stay: April 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank Alexander R
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

I stayed on this Hotel on the first week of March, The location is excellent if you want to reach everything from the downtown, the Republica Metro is near, and the rooms are confortable.
One thing that they have to fix is the Wi-fi conection, on the room 404 I couldn't conect my hole stay, They told me the first day that they will fix it, but until I leave the hotel the problem persist.
Great Breakfast buffet, I will recommend this Hotel if they fix the WI-Fi.

Date of stay: March 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Thank cocha2006
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