May 9, 2009

Hotel Emiliano, in São Paulo: great champagne lounge

There are many things to love about the Emiliano: the perfect location in the heart of the Jardins district, the large rooms with refrigerated drawers in the sitting areas, the white Havaianas placed in the bathrooms in lieu of slippers, the cool lobby with Campana brothers furniture.

But I recently discovered something else: the Emiliano has a great champagne and caviar lounge. They serve the real stuff, from the Caspian Sea, and also less expensive roe. They also offer very cool bubbly and roe tastings: Brazilian sparkling wines with Spanish and Chilean roe tastings go for 125 reais per person; rosé champagne and the same roe costs 550 reais per person, etc.

The champagne list is extensive and includes rare finds such as a 1989 Krug.

Champagne Bar & Caviar: Hotel Emiliano, Rua Oscar Freire, 384, São Paulo, tel. 3068-4399

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