We stayied at Ondina Aparthotel for four days - I was attending a conference on Othon Palace, next door, and brought my family to enjoy a bit of Salvador. Ondina Aparthotel is far from be a luxury hotel, but it´s quite comfortable. Reserving through internet, we got a 2-room apartment with two bathrooms, living room and kitchen by R$ 225 = US$ 130 / day (four people occupancy with breakfast included) - a good deal, considering the supposedly discounted prices for conference attendees at neighbooring Othon.
The rooms were large, with good illumination and ventilation; both had air conditioning, as well as the living room (which is a must in Salvador). Altough comfortable and well kept, the apartment could receive some renovation: the decoration and furniture is a bit old. Also, we found our apartment a bit noisy since it was facing the avenue (ocean-facing apartments certainly are quieter, and the view should be amazing; but they charge ca. 25 % more for them and we did not think it would be worth the extra expense).
Buffet breakfast was excellent: a good assortment of fresh fruit, breads, cold and hot beverages. Also, they can prepare omelets and tapioca (a local crepe made from cassava starch) on custom demand.
Although the beach can be reached directly from hotel, it´s better enjoy the hotel´s pool: the beach is a bit dirty, rocky and crowded on weekends. Alas, the pool bar opens from 8AM to 5PM, but their choice of beverages is somehow limited (we enjoyed a delicious cashew "caipirinha", though). As for other attractions, the Barra region is within walking distance - for people with good legs, at least... To visit the old Pelourinho district, a ~R$20 - 25 (US$ 11 to 14) taxi ride is necessary.
The hotel also dubs as residential building and as a mini-shopping mall: there are some stores In the street floor, as well as a decent pay-as-you-eat buffet restaurant (much better and cheaper than the hotel´s restaurant properly), a cafe, a car rental office and some clothing stores. Outside the hotel, there is a snack hut for those brave enough to take the risk - my wife enjoyied a huge hamburger with sidings, and she´s still alive...
Employees were consistently corteous and polite; for example, the concierge man extended our check out time for three hours, to let us have some time to rest before going back to airport.
I´d say that its an OK hotel: good price, good service, reasonably comfortable... a solid 3 1/2 "green balls", if this would be possible.
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