Kate Hudson may want to keep the sex of her baby-to-be with Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy a secret, but the word’s out on the Sao Paulo hotel where she stayed last week when the British rockers opened for U2 on their South American stadium tour.
The Fasano, a five-star, family-run boutique hotel smack dab between Sao Paulo’s Anevida Paulista and Faria Lima Avenue, was the perfect choice for the Almost Famous actress. Each guest, upon check-in, gets a free 15-minute massage, perfect for pregnancy aches, and the food, upscale Italian, is lovingly hovered over by the Fasano family whose cooking pedigree goes back more than ten decades. With six well-known restaurants around the Brazilian city, the Fasanos decided to take the hospitality business one step further when they opened their namesake hotel in 2003.
From Day One, Brazilian models, film stars and business tycoons have flocked to this hotel in the uber-cool Jardins district, Sao Paulo’s most fashionable neighborhood. The 23-floor hotel is perched on a private avenue, named after great grandfather Vittorio Fasano who immigrated to Brazil from Milan more than 100 years ago.
With an English red brick façade, fireplaces and a lobby filled with elephant-size leather armchairs, the Fasano, designed by architects Isay Weinsfeld and Marcio Kogan, has been described as over-the-top gangster glam. It also happens to have what Wallpaper Magazine picked as the world’s numero uno bar. Kate’s beau, Brit Bellamy who she met at the Coachella Music Festival last year, would certainly feel comfortable at the ultra-cool Baretto, a jazz bar with live music every night although he might wonder if he’s downed too many bottles of their autographed (celebrities sign bottles) wine. The British Union Jack that hangs in the bar cheekily sports the red, green and white of the Italian flag.
The hotel’s 60 rooms, decorated with sleek dark wood floors, rugs, books and hand-picked antiques, attracts boutique shopping bag-carrying Gisele look-alikes.
As for Bellamy and Hudson, they wrapped up their South American tour on April 13 with a hush-hush gig at the Sao Paulo nightclub, Bar Secreto. And, yes, they even sang covers of everything from the Rolling Stones to David Bowie.
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