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The Jaraguá Hotel opened in 1954, and for decades was a popular destination for Brazilian and foreign artists and dignitaries, many of whom are depicted in the vintage black-and-white photos in the lobby. Since the hotel joined the Novotel group, it has undergone major renovations to bring it into the 21st century, and is now a great value. Its central location is within walking distance of the city's downtown attractions, such as the Municipal Theater, the Rua Augusta, and the Pateo do Colegio, and there's also a subway station within walking distance. Rooms are bright, spacious, and quiet, with blond furniture, a comfortable bed, a desk, a large closet, and a full-length mirror. They also feature plenty of outlets in accessible places, are well-lit, and have a spotless modern bathroom. Room rates include an excellent buffet breakfast, and there's a small workout room to help you burn off any extra calories.