Compared to the top-of-the line chain hotels on Paulista, L'Hotel stands out as a truly special experience. Though the famous Parisian hotel of the same name is its declared muse, the luxury here is understated rather than decadent. Rooms are done in soft blue, beige, or rose, the woodwork and cabinets in patina. The Mediterranean dining room and the English-style piano bar that faces it are twin gems. The top-floor pool has a retractable roof, the Japanese ofuro baths are heated upon request, and every guest gets a complimentary brown and gold pair of the famous Havaianas flip-flops.