Pousada Colonial is right in the historical district, a stone's throw from Carmo Church and a 15 minute walk from Pelourinho. Breakfast (by Brazilian law) is included but the rooms have few amenities: no TV or mini-bar (there is a communal TV in the living room upstairs that I never saw anyone use during our stay. There IS free wi-fi and the rooms are air-conditioned and there is a safe for valuables. Many restaurants close by, including a jazz club across the street.
So it's not exactly a luxury hotel, but just the atmosphere pays for itself - when was the last time you slept in a 17th Century Colonial-era hotel?
This is a charming, quaint, historic hotel adjacent to the old Pelouinho district in Salvador. On the plus side - great location, super helpful staff, walking distance to excellent restaurants (Alem do Cassis), historic 1849 building, great bay views from rooms in the back, perfect Brasilian breakfast offered on the roof deck. On the less than plus side - mediocre A/C that takes 15 min to cool your room, less than comfortable beds and a need for overall general building maintenance.
The room was about $125USD per night.....an incredible deal all things considered.
I would go back - it's just a taxi ride away from everything that you'd want to see.
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We were in Salvador during Carnival therefore when we were looking for an hotel to book, close to the historical centre (Pelourinho) but not extremely expensive, we considered ourselves lucky to have managed to find an available room here. The "Pousada do Baluarte" is very stylish. We had a lovely room with bathroom. It also had a small courtyard with an hammock. The owner is very kind and helpful and the staff very friendly.
Breakfast was lovely and the place was very clean.
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Not all the standard rooms do have TV, also a number don't have a view, except of a wall a few feet away.
The main room or "suite" is available at a bit of extra cost and comes complete with TV, A/C, safe and splendid view of the sea, liner berth and the lower town from the good sized balcony with table, chairs and hammock, though the drop is a long way down so don't book it if you don't like heights.
Lots of steps and long corridors, also the streets outside are very rough cobbles (like all of the local district), so you need to be firm of foot.
There's a choice of eating places within 50 metres with loads more, as well as plenty of entertainment, in Pelourinho, ten minutes walk down hill and up the other side.
Breakfast isn't cheap although the quality is fine and it's plentiful.
The hotel can arrange airport transfer, the price is reasonable and the taxi a properly licensed one. Allow an hour in case of traffic, though it should only take half that.
24 hour manning on the front desk and pleasant staff round it off.
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The pousada has art work everywhere, in the common areas, in the rooms, in the breakfast room. The breakfast was excellent on the balcony that overlooks the bay.
The staff was very helpful, and the French owner offered to find a podiatrist to help me with the problems I had. There are a few excellent restaurants on the same street as the pousada. It is very close to the historic district, only a 10 minute walk away.
Our bus left late at night, and the staff offered us to store the luggage and to hve a shower before we left. All in all, the stay was very pleasant.
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Historical structures from Portuguese settlers fill Pelourinho and Santo Antonio in west Salvador. Once the center of Salvador, and Brazil's capitol, Pelourinho attracts visitors with its former municipal buildings and religious structures. Bright colors and stucco decorate the houses and daily performances showcase the rich musical and artistic heritage of the city.
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