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Hotel Caesar Park Sao Paulo Airport
American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class Sao Paulo to New York
We had three ~12 hour layovers in Sao Paulo, so to preserve our sanity we figured we were best off getting a day room at an airport hotel, given how lackluster the airport lounge options are.
Sadly this didn’t really cross our mind till the night before we had our first 12 hour layover. So we called up Marriott’s central reservations phone number, and they told us we had to call the hotel directly to book a day room. So we called the hotel directly, though unfortunately their in-house reservations office was closed. The front desk agent we were connected to didn’t really speak English, so couldn’t make a reservation but said “we have room, you just come.”
The morning of our layover we took the Marriott’s airport shuttle there, only to find out they were totally sold out for the day.
On the drive over we had seen the Hotel Caesar Park Sao Paulo Airport, which is located just across the highway. So we took a taxi there, and fortunately they had availability. While it wasn’t cheap at ~$150USD for the day, it seemed worthwhile to preserve our sanity.
For what it’s worth, the Hotel Caesar has a shuttle leaving the airport as well, and on our subsequent stays we never had to wait more than a few minutes for it.
The hotel’s lobby was modern and had bizarrely loud disco-style music playing, which just seemed a bit odd for mid-morning.
The agent at check-in was friendly, and within a few minutes issued us keys to our Twin Classic Room on the 5th floor.
The room felt extremely dated, which I guess wasn’t really a surprise. The room had two twin beds, a flat screen TV, and a desk with two chairs.
The room boasted views of the highway and area surrounding the airport.
The bathroom was basic but functional and clean.
At this point I was tired and really just wanted to sleep, so I couldn’t care less what the room looked like. I got into bed and hopped on my laptop, while my friend said he was going to “wander the hotel.” He returned about 15 minutes later and said “since you’re already in bed you’re going to hate me, but I got us a new room.”
Even though my friend attached his Accor Platinum number to the reservation, we weren’t actually upgraded at all. He went down to the front desk to ask about this, and the agent apologized profusely for the oversight and insisted on moving us to one of their Luxury Rooms, apparently. I wasn’t too excited and figured it would be a really minor difference and wasn’t worth the inconvenience, though I played along. Our new room was located on the ninth floor in the other wing of the hotel.
The hallway already looked much “fresher,” so I was curious to see what the room looked like. It was room 911, oddly.
Much to my surprise the room was gorgeous. I was actually kind of shocked it was in the same hotel as the previous room. I’ve only ever seen such a discrepancy in room quality at the Westin Nagoya Castle.
The Luxury Room featured much more comfortable beds, modern decor, and a separate shower and tub.
We were even brought a welcome amenity consisting of fruit, bottled water, and a small bottle of wine.
The one thing that helped me maintain my sanity on this trip was being able to visit the gym during every layover. The hotel has a fairly nice gym on the 10th floor, with plenty of modern equipment.
Accor spruced up elite benefits late last year, and Platinum members now get complimentary lounge access as a benefit. Our day room was technically only for eight hours, so in the evenings when we had to check out they would still let us hang out in the lounge for an hour or two.
The lounge is a nice enough room with plenty of seating, and was never full. As a matter of fact the only other people I ever saw in the lounge were cargo pilots (at least I assume that’s what they were based on the loud conversations they were having).
The food didn’t look very appetizing, especially since I never really saw anyone eating it, so I was curious for how long it was sitting around.
For what it’s worth there’s free wifi hotel-wide. It was on the slow side, though interestingly was faster in the “luxury” wing than the “classic” wing.
Anyway, if I had a day layover I’d definitely consider the Hotel Caesar again, at least with Accor Platinum status. The employees were all extremely friendly and the luxury room was beautiful.