Understand the map: BH’s central neighbourhoods such as Centro, Barro Preto, Savassi and Lourdes are bounded within a circle drawn by Av. Do Contorno, but the city extends beyond the central region. To the north of Belo Horizonte is the region of Pampulha and to the south is the Serra do Curral.
Lively and well located: Savassi and Lourdes
Near Liberty Square and the city centre. The two regions Savassi and Lourdes are neighbours, the area is full of restaurants, bars, shops and trees. It is the best area to stay, the largest concentration of hotels is in this region.
Tranquility: Sion and Garden City
Not many hotels, but there are good options for residential accommodation (Airbnb). The neighbourhoods are great, have everything around and with a bit of motivation, you can walk to Savassi and Lourdes. Located near the city exit towards the cities of Brumadinho (Inhotim), Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, etc.
Nightlife and also cheaper: Santa Tereza
An interesting mix between calm and bohemian. Santa Tereza is close to downtown, but off Av. Do Contorno, a good option for those looking for a hostel or Airbnb and pubs.
Depending on your interest: Pampulha
A good option if you want to spend a lot of time in the Pampulha complex or plan to watch a football game in Mineirão Stadium, but overall it’s better to stay further south of the city. The region of Pampulha is huge, give preference to lodgings near the edge of the lagoon.
Attention! If you are staying in the Center, avoid the area around the bus station and Praça Sete. Very crowded during the day and not so safe at night.