© we hostel
we've experienced our fair share of hostel horror, backpacking around europe in the early days. but as today's younger generation has become extremely well-traveled, savvy, and last but not least, vocal, all this has obviously influenced this particular hospitality sector...in a good way. a little while ago a new hostel opened in são paulo, the buzzing economic powerhouse of brazil and all of south america. called we hostel, it's a cool, well-designed hostel, and a far cry from many lodgings we've come across back in the days. the hostel is housed in a mansion from the early 1900s, and is conceptualized by brazilian architect felipe hess and his longtime friend, entrepreneur guilherme perez. located in the well-to-do residential area of vila mariana, we hostel features just 46 beds, spread across various communal and private rooms of the well-preserved mansion.
lodging options include a women-only dorm with balcony, a double room with queen-size bed, tv and private balcony, a private room with two beds and classic dorms with up to eight beds, all featuring a rather stylish setting that combine the meticulously preserved traditional details of the building with added contemporary design elements. a great effort has been made to create a homey yet stylish atmosphere for we hostel's public spaces. the lounge on the ground floor is home to the reception desk and computer corner, and is a welcoming and tranquil area dotted with carefully sourced vintage art works and furniture pieces. the vibe instantly switches to playful in the glass room - check out the chalkboard ceiling - where guests can hang out and chill on sofas and ottomans.
there's also a tv room and kitchen, and outdoors a sheltered outdoor eat & drink area is available for additional social interaction. as we hostel predominantly serves a young and savvy clientele, the property innovatively alligns itself with their lifestyle by featuring strategically placed qr codes throughout the premises. by reading these with their smartphones, guests can access customized setlists and download subway maps and info on various points of interest in the neighbourhood. location: rua morgado de mateus 567 [vila mariana].
© we hostel - cool lodgings for the budget traveler