Inspired by his own stays in design hostels during his backpacking travels through Australia, Guilherme Perez imported the concept to his beloved hometown of São Paulo, taking a 19th century villa in a historic neighborhood and converting it into We Hostel. Enlisting the help of his friend Brazilian architect Felipe Hess, Perez embraced the challenge with creative enthusiasm, setting a new standard for budget design travel. For more information, see We Hostel.
Above: The grand entrance with the original stained glass over the door to the 19th century mansion.
Above L: A welcoming red desk marks the reception area under the grand staircase. Image via We Hostel. Above R: A midcentury sound system occupies the corner of the common room.
Above: The midcentury furniture was all sourced at flea markets and then restored.
Above: A vintage mirror is paired with purpose-built plastic laminate and plywood shelves.
Above: The bookshelf is filled with tomes about São Paulo.
Above: Midcentury furnishings and accessories update the 19th century fenestration and stained glass.
Above: In the entertainment room, the ceiling has been painted with chalkboard paint, allowing visitors to leave messages.
Above: The contrast of black and white adds drama.
Above: The kitchen surfaces are durable and easy to maintain. A wire rail attached to the ceiling provides a framework for the hanging pendants.
Above: The plastic laminate and plywood material used for the bookshelves in the common room are also used for kitchen storage.
Above: The hostel’s creative director, Rodrigo Marangoni, designed simple signage while embedding smartphone-compatible QR codes, in order that guests can download everything from subway maps to music.
Above: Simple dorms and lockers provide a place to rest for young travelers.
Above: A bedside lamp with shelf for every bed offers luxury in a hostel.
Above: The bathrooms are tiled in cheery colors.
A map below shows the location of We Hostel in São Paulo.
Interested in seeing other 'Design Hostels' around the world? See Hotels & Lodging: Danhostel in Copenhagen and The Ultimate Dorm Room: The Independente Hostel in Lisbon.