Four Seasons' first property in Brazil hits the mark with sleek interiors, a stellar restaurant, and tranquil spa

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The Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas is one of the first luxury hotels in São Paulo by a major international brand. The property delivers on sleek design, high-end amenities, and perhaps most notably, the well-reviewed spa.

The hotel is located just outside the Brooklin Novo neighborhood, a financial hub dotted with high-end hotels, restaurants, and shopping. Though, it's far from the major tourist attractions.

I stayed at the five-star property, which offers nightly rates starting at $315 depending on the room type and season. I think it's a welcome addition to the city and a top pick for any visits to São Paulo.

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Generally, I prefer to be in or near the city center when I travel. But in a city like São Paulo, which is so sprawling, that's not always straightforward.

While visiting the vibrant metropolis recently on business, I was pleased to discover a gem of a hotel located a bit outside the main thoroughfares. And while this may not be ideal for first-time tourists who want to be close to major attractions, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas and would urge anyone to strongly consider it should their travels bring them to this exciting city.

It's one of the newest five-star luxury hotels in the city, surrounded by unassuming modern high-rise buildings along the Pinheiros River. It's located just outside the neighborhood of Brooklin Novo, which is primarily a financial district on the southwest side of the city.

The 258-room hotel and residential building - yes, you can buy a Four Seasons condo here - is connected to a shopping mall with commercial hubs nearby, and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. While there's a lot to do in close proximity, essentially all of São Paulo's major attractions are a bit of a drive away, and many places surrounding the hotel cater to the suited crowd. But, for business travelers and those looking to stay off the beaten path, it's a fantastic choice.

I found the atmosphere to be chic and lively, especially in the hotel's public spaces. And because there aren't many international brand-name hotels in town, the hotel does draw a fair share of well-heeled travelers on vacation looking for familiarity.

This property more than meets Four Seasons standards, with helpful staff, a high-design aesthetic, and top-notch amenities like a spa, pool, and fitness center.

Nightly rates are surprisingly affordable for the Four Seasons brand, thanks in part to the strong U.S. dollar, starting at approximately $315 in low season. In busier times, that price can surge to $840. And, as this is primarily a business hotel, rates actually decrease slightly on weekends.

I stayed for three nights in a Club-Level One-Bedroom Suite, which was comped for review purposes, but typically goes for about $800 per night.

It's not cheap, but for those looking for a familiar luxury brand with high-end offerings, it's hard to match in this city. And entry-level rooms, especially on weekends, offer big value, offering tourists good reason to consider another neighborhood when planning to visit São Paulo.

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