(Sao Paulo) — Catching all the buzz in design circles, my excellent SP guide John took me by to see the boat/watermelon-shaped Hotel Unique.  It really is a stunning place, designed by Ruy Ohtake, the lobby bar being my favorite, with a towering, cantilevered bottle display that rises several stories. There’s a rooftop bar and restaurant where you can look out over Sao Paulo’s 20 million residents. Stop by for drink. I didn’t stay here, but Trip Advisor reviews are near perfect at 4 ½ stars.

Here’s a great article in Conde Nast Traveler.

Here’s a great video on Design Hotels

(Sorry, when i was there, there was an intense downpour, so I didn't get a shot of the amazing watermelon shape. So I had to find this on Google.)

The view from the rooftop pool. (I was there during a downpour.)

In the rooftop restaurant, there's a reflecting pool. But look down through the pool and you can see all the way down to the lobby. Most people just walk by and don't notice.

From the lobby, looking up. Really a nice visual trick.

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