I love Sao Paulo but there is one thing that could be improved and it's the offer of good Hostels or Guesthouses. In fact the city has a lot of good Hotels but not many of them. Maybe because the plenty of business events/tourism and not so much back packing tourists, but I think this can be an explication as well as a consequence.
Young people love cosmopolitan cities like Sao Paulo and I think that if the offer of hostel could improve, this would help to raise this kind of tourism too. So one thing you do when you plan a trip with your backpack is to visit the worldwide famous site hostelworld and look for a place to stay. Despite the number of hostels in Sao Paulo is quite few — especially compared to other Brazilian cities —, there is one that is really special. The customers of this site, in fact, elected the Vila Madalena Hostel as the best in Brazil in 2009!
So it really is a good choice if you wanna spend some days in 'Sampa' or you wanna invite some friends but you don't have space at home. This hostel has a creative atmosphere because it hosts exhibition of young artists and designers. They offer both private and shared room, so it is good even if you are a couple and the best thing is the position. It is located 2 blocks from Benedito Calixto Market, it is few minutes walking from shops, cool bars and metro station and you can also rent a bike to discover the city!
Where: Rua Francisco Leitão 686 — São Paulo - SP
Phone: (11) 3034.4104
How much: R$ 110 for a private room, R$ 45 for a 4 people shared room and R$ 40 for a 8 people shared room.