InterContinental São Paulo: Brazil Now Visa free
Going virtually unannounced in the media is Brazil’s new travel policy for Australian, American, Canadian, and Japanese citizens which eliminates the need for visas for business and leisure purposes. Now it is much easier and less bureaucratic to visit the many attractions of this extraordinary country.
Few people are aware that São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, is the third-largest city in the world. It has the excitement of New York and the relaxed lifestyle of Brazil in one place. InterContinental São Paulo reflects this pleasant combination, exemplified by a high standard of hotel operation executed by its exceptionally friendly and accommodating staff. Every single employee at InterContinental São Paulo seems to take genuine pride in making the hotel the best it can be, and the positive attitude makes a stay here that much more agreeable. That good energy is on abundant display along with the appetising options in the hotel’s Tarsila restaurant, where buffet breakfasts and tasty dinners are enjoyed by guests starting and ending their days.
Located in a chic residential neighbourhood just one block off famed Avenida Paulista, InterContinental São Paulo is perfectly situated for business and leisure guests visiting South America’s largest country. A discreet property under the visionary leadership of German general manager Johannes Bayer, InterContinental São Paulo’s rooms and suites are immaculately maintained, its restaurants and bars well stocked, and its meeting and event facilities well appreciated by business visitors looking to hold a small gathering in a private room or a special event in a large banquet hall.
Spacious rooms and suites match the hotel’s public areas in contemporary interior design, evoking a contemporary minimalist style which perhaps explains why this hotel is particularly popular with Japanese visitors. Club InterContinental members have access to an exclusive, top-floor lounge where, again, the staff do their utmost to make every guest feel special with food and beverage services throughout the day. The Club also has a private room available for business meetings. The hotel’s swimming pool and gym are popular with fitness-crazy Brazilians and international guests alike.
Contrary to popular misconception, São Paulo is much more than a mere business destination. The city’s Carnaval celebrations are becoming the preferred place to be during the festive season in February/March, so much so that even residents of Rio are now coming to spend Carnaval in São Paulo to have a more participatory experience in the middle of the fun rather than just observing parades of dancers from the sidelines.
Avenida Paulista and its vicinity offers the visitor to Brazil a variety of cultural, shopping, and even athletic experiences. Though always the business centre of Brazil, São Paulo has come into its own in recent years as a leisure travel destination. Numerous museums, cultural centres, and special events make São Paulo an interesting place for the sophisticated traveller; several of them such as the Museum Of Art Of São Paulo (MASP), the Instituto Moreira Salles, Japan House, and Livraria Cultura, are located right on Avenida Paulista, as is the annual São Paulo Pride parade, the world’s biggest. As with the Carnaval here, spectators can become participants and join the parade along the way. Interspersed among the corporate headquarters, residential buildings, and cultural sites are several shopping malls where Brazilians pursue retail therapy and dining out with the same gusto they have for enjoying life to the fullest. Cyclists will be happy to know there is a dedicated bicycle path right down the centre of Avenida Paulista, which is closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays when the broad avenue becomes a street festival with music and food to accompany a weekly antiques market.
InterContinental São Paulo can arrange for a private transfer on arrival or departure at São Paulo’s domestic and international airports, but an airport bus service from Guarulhos International Airport, simply named Airport Bus Service, stops right in front of the hotel.