Need to know
Ninety-five, including 10 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to avalability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Arriving early or leaving late? Store your luggage at reception, and freshen up in the fitness centre.
Double rooms from $318.53 (BRL1,205), excluding tax at 5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of BRL10.30 per booking on check-out and an additional service charge of 7% per booking on check-out.
Rates don't usually include breakfast. Continental breakfast is R$54 for adults, and the breakfast buffet is R$68; there's also an a la carte menu of hot dishes, from eggs Benedict to waffles with Nutella.
Renowned Brazilian-Japanese architect Ruy Ohtake really went to town on the distinctive design; critic Paul Goldberger hailed the building as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
At the hotel
Steam room and sauna, gym, personal training, small library of design books, bicycles to borrow, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, DVD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, air conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, black-out curtains, Bvlgari amenities.
Our favourite rooms
The higher room categories are named for the world's most famous streets: when in São Paulo, why not plump for one of the sexily curved Paulista rooms, where the wood floor curls up to join the walls – Avenida Paulista is the city's grandest thoroughfare. Those on the higher floors have plenty of space, and killer views; the best vistas, though, just might be those from the Champs-Elysees suites. (And speaking of views, every bedoom has quite a view into bathroom through the mostly glass walls…)
Take a dip on the glamorous rooftop terrace: the crimson heated pool has a underwater sound system, and it’s lined by chic white loungers and brash ruby-red beanbags. Indoors, you’ll find another heated pool in the fitness centre, with more of a grown-up water-world playground feel. Water slides!
Bring your camera – whether you’re exploring the city, enjoying Ibirapuera Park just on your doorstep or just marvelling at the hotel’s sweeping curves, you’ll want to capture it all for yourself.
All public spaces and two guest rooms are wheelchair accessible.
Small cats and dogs (up to 5kg) are welcome for R$250 each. Unique supplies beds and bowls for furry guests. See more pet-friendly hotels in São Paulo.
All ages are technically welcome, but the emphasis is definitely on grown-up stays. Extra beds and cots can be added to rooms and babysitting can be arranged (R$300 per hour; minimum of four hours) but for entertainment you’re on your own.
Hotel Unique’s big on the eco-scene, with seasonal food, extensive recycling schemes (from the oil used in the kitchens to the soap used by guests) and various elements of environmentally friendly design built in to the architecture of the hotel itself.