Out of the Ordinary: São Paulo, Sans Visual Pollution

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the doc by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame, reminded us of a fascinating fact about São Paulo.

The Brazilian city has been advert-free since 2007. If you’re looking for a break from billboards banging you over the head with buy, buy, buy, this is your urban oasis. While the hustle, bustle and blinking of Times Square will always have its strange allure, the thought of a blank canvas of buildings is utterly refreshing. Like the city is one big yoga class giving a collective sigh and emptying its brain of clutter. Stretch of a metaphor, but you get the picture. And where to stay? One of these four will floor you.

Hotel Unique
Aptly named, this property cuts a cool shape into the skyline with its unconventional curving architecture.

Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej
The gorgeous glass-roofed bar and lounge puts everyone in a good light here. The drinks do the rest.

Fasano São Paulo
Another looker, the rooms feature Philippe Starck’s touch and the restaurant serves some of the finest Italian cuisine—a killer combination.

Hotel Emiliano
Boutique and beautiful, let any residual stress soak off in one of the wooden Ofuro baths.

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