I happened on to this place through a friend--I'd highly advise staying at a flat like this one over a hotel room--much safer and you live like a local as opposed to a tourist...
It was on the 6th floor, overlooking the ocean, right above the street that the carnival trio's pass...
This place was great. From the front of the hotel, the Farol da Barra lighthouse is visible and the staff was helpful and courteous. The lobby has internet access and large breakfast buffet is included in the price.
Don't worry about the location, as it's only a 10 minute taxi ride from Pelourinho (taxis are cheap!).
My room was really clean and fairly modern. When you enter the room, you place the key in a holder on the wall and this activates all of the power in the room (i.e. TV, radio, lights, hairdryer, A/C). There was also a safe and plenty of closet space. The bed was comfortable and the shower was strong and hot.
There is a pool and many of the rooms have excellent views over the beach which happens to be just across the street.
The rooms are listed at between 190-280 reais ($70-100 US), but I paid less than $50, so be sure to negotiate your price.
This Hotel is located right at Praca da Se in the historical centre of Salvador. It offers simple and clean rooms painted in friendly colours in the top floor of an otherwise pretty run down building. The spacious rooms have shower and no AC but table fans. The hotel is owned by a french guy who also speaks english and brazilian. Price is about $20 per person including breakfast. The only problem I see is that staying in the centre of Salvador (esp. if you're travelling on your own) is not a such a great idea in general. Nowhere else in Brazil did I feel as unsafe as here. Once you leave the hotel y ou get immediately approached for money, food, whatever..
Arthemis has a lobby with TV and a nice terrace with a great view (see photo) were they serve breakfast. The entrance of the building has a 24h security guard. There's no big sign for the hotel, just take the elevator to the 7th floor.
The Tropical Bahia is part of the Varig-owned chain that includes the Hotel das Cataratas (Iguacu Falls) and the Tropical Manaus. Those two are resorts on the outskirts of cities; Tropical Bahia is near the town center. Unlike the Manaus, it offers only a single restaurant; unlike both the others, it offers little in on-site attractions -- and it can be packed with business travelers.
Rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable. The location is ideal: I walked to the Pelourinho -- along streets that gave fascinating glimpses of local life -- in just over half-an-hour. For those who don't want to hoof it, buses to all parts of the city run near the hotel -- and taxis are always sitting nearby.
From some rooms there's a view of a lovely park centered around the city's 'Indian monument.' From others there's no view at all.
There's a business center with access to the internet; there's also a good-sized pool.
The restaurant serves a fine breakfast, free to guests; on weekdays it's best to get there right after it opens, at 7:00, or wait till after 9:00 (when the businessmen are gone). Other meals are good, not great, and a bit pricey.
Teatro Castro Alves -- the center of the city's cultural life -- is a block away.
Staff members, English-speaking at the desk, are friendly and helpful.
The Marazul ('blue sea') is in Barra, a 30-minute bus trip -- or 15-20 minute cab ride -- from the Pelourinho. It's near some of Salvador's best beaches and within walking distance of good restaurants, and two interesting historical relics -- the Farol (lighthouse) da Barra and the colonial-era Forte de Sta Maria.
If you like Holiday Inns -- and don't mind being far from Salvador's historical center -- the Marazul is a good choice.
A single room cost R$120 (about US$60 in 2002, maybe $45 in 2003).
Rooms are spacious and well appointed; all have views of the sea, either towards the lighthouse or towards the fort.
The restaurant is on the 2d floor and opens onto the hotel's small pool. A good breakfast is included in the roomrate; other meals will encourage you to eat outside the hotel. At the time of my visit the ground floor bar was closed.
Like a growing number of Brazilian hotels:
1) hallway lights are off until you step off the lift or out of your room, and
2) you must insert a card into a slot in your room to activate lights and air conditioning.
Have recently been interested in apartment rentings in Salvador, and got this description from one woman there. Thought it is a nice place to stay and hope it will help other's:
The apartment has two rooms (bed and living) + kitchen (all equip.) + toilet + balcony, its on the second floor, the building has 24h door men and garagem. There is one bed at the bedroom and one sofa-bed at the living room. Size is about 35 m². Apartment has excelent location, near by bus stop (30meters), the beach (150meters) best pizza of Salvador (20meters)and also close by shoppings (closest 50 meters), bars, clubs etc. It has balcony/view to the calm Rua do Meio street. No washing machine, laundry about 50 meters from the building.
Rates are like following:
1 week USD 240,00
2 weeks USD 290,00
month USD 480,00
For long term rents you can negotiate better rates.
Rua Odilon Santos 225
Edif Maiana, Rio Vermelho
Photos from the appartment can be sent by E Mail to you! Contact Juha at
tel: (55) (71) 3453541
fax:(55) (71) 3301520 (office Tripbrasil)
cel. phone: (55) (71) 91347266
We are travelling on 23th of June untill 08th of July 2003. If you want to make reservation, kindly contact to Fernanda Pereira, her e-mail is Fernanda@tripbrasil.com or by phone/fax (55)(71) 3301520.
This youth hostel is situated on Barra beach, 30 meters from the ocean and 100 meters from Shopping Barra away.
Albergue Barra Vento
Rua: Arthur Neiva 04 - Barra
Salvador - Bahia - Brasil
Tel:. (55-71) - 245-2600 \ 9963-8110 \ 9112-9046 \ 9132-8821
Actual prices can be seen on http://www.viax.com.br/alberguebarra/precosing.htm
Services the hostel offers:
- Collective rooms and for couple with ceiling fan and individual closets with key
- Cyber coffee, where you will be able to use the Internet while take one cervejinha or even though a coffee
- renting of bed-linen
- Convention Room with TV available
- telephone to receive pluggings
- kitchen and laundry
- Reception 24 hours
Albergue do Porto -Hostelling International
Rua Barão de Sergy, 197, Barra.
CEP 40140-040 Salvador - Bahia - Brasil,
Tel. (71) 264-6600 / 264-4006, Telefax (71) 264-3131
This Youth hostel is situated near Porto da Barra Beach and Praia do Farol da Barra, next to the Shopping Barra and in front of a supermarket. If you take a bus from the youth hostel you can be in around 10 minutes in Pelourinho, 30 minutes to the bus station (Rodoviaria) and in around 50 minutes at the airport. It offers shared rooms (quartos coletivos) or suites (double-rooms).
Actual prices of the hostel can be seen under:
The daily prices includes : 24 hours access to the Internet with high speed, bed -linen and breakfast.
We had a small room with only the basic but with a lovely view over the port for a great deal!
The home like feeling of this place is the best that Dona Ilza and her daughter Dalva offers you. You gonna love this place.
US 16, single room
Owned by the lovely Christine, it's a very cosy, small and humble inn, in a very good location.
Very nice, good prices, perfect for romance... not far from the beach at all (5 minutes walk), delicious cooking and green area. The rooms are bungalows (12) so privacy is more that guaranteed.
The pousadas or inns are cheap and usually offer great breakfasts including fruit and bread with cheese and meats. I stayed at the Pousada da Praça in Salvador for my first few weeks there.
No unique qualities, just simple accomodations.
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