I’m quickly getting turned off to big hostel chains having had much better experiences in smaller privately owned places, but this HI Hostels place in the beautiful Vila Madelena district was definitely an exception to the rule. I chose it as it was the closest place to my old friend from London who I was in town to visit. Right in the heart of this trendy part of the megatropolis, Sampa is a lovely little place to stay. Simple comfortable rooms, a plentiful breakfast and attractive common areas (including a massive film library) really make this place. My picture doesn’t really do it justice – just showing the courtyard during one of the torrential storms that are common in this city – but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone visiting São Paulo.


HI Sampa
Rua Girassol, 519, Vila Madelena, São Paulo, Brazil
Tel. 55 11 3031 6779

The courtyard during the most incredible rainstorm