South America: Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo ; SLEEPOVER - A Bed for the Night in Brazil

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The location

In the "international" district of the biggest city in South America. Only a decade ago Morumbi was a pretty forgotten neighbourhood in south- west Sao Paulo. Today it has become a hub for international business, a surprisingly green and open area for a city widely perceived to be one of Latin America's most frenetic and polluted. The hotel's chrome-and- glass exterior appears the archetypal business temple but inside it gets more interesting, with a huge atrium, warm colours and rather funky touches such as a "wine library" - a floor-to-ceiling wall of wine, enclosed behind glass, offering a choice of more than 2,500 bottles.

The USP

With interiors by the design team behind the Four Seasons in New York and the Ritz in Hong Kong, there is impressive use of sunlight and natural local materials. A generous amount of Brazilian art and photography is on display in the rooms and common areas. The hotel has both an outdoor and indoor pool (welcome in this steamy city), the latter adjoining a large spa complex.

The comfort factor

Common areas are buzzy, because of the popular restaurants on site, but the rooms remain pleasantly quiet. The standard double is spacious, with Egyptian cotton bed linen. All rooms have flat- screen TVs and two phone lines with broadband internet access.

The bathroom

Sizeable, even in a standard room. All en-suite with deep baths and separate dome-shaped showers, tiled in Portuguese-style marble mosaic and topped with over-sized rain showerheads. A liberal scattering of soap, shampoo, conditioner and body cream by various Brazilian brands, using Amazonian fruit and essential oils. Good fluffy bathrobes and slippers.

The food and drink

There are three restaurants. …