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“Lovely hotel in a horrible location” 4 of 5 stars
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A Casa das Portas Velhas
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Largo da Palma, no 6 | Santana, Salvador, State of Bahia 40040460 , Brazil   |  
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Ranked #30 of 108 Hotels in Salvador
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“Lovely hotel in a horrible location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

Good points:
Comfortable rooms
Delicious breakfast
Excellent service with friendly staff who take their time to help you.
Wifi and internet room
One return taxi ride offered to Pelourinho per day
Good rate offered on hotels.com
Bad points:
In a really dodgy area full of thieves and vagrants. Do not try to walk there, get a taxi.
Last free taxi ride home is at 8pm so too early to eat dinner first.
Conclusion:
Shame about the area as the hotel is lovely.
Pelourinho is interesting but not all that big. It'll take you an afternoon to visit unless you are a real church enthusiast.
Would recommend you stay by the beach areas of Salvador and come into the centre for a day to visit.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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austin, texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

Much of what others said is true...cute little hotel, quaint, nice service, but after seeing a bit of Salvador, I thought it would be better to stay in a neighborhood with access to buses. Breakfast was delicious, but there was no hot option (usually Brazilian bfasts include eggs, too) and it go kind of monotonous after a few days. Return taxi is impossible to organize if you don't have a cell phone, so we usually only used the voucher one way. The voucher only goes to Pelourinho, so that's kind of weird, too...you can only spend so much time in that area! The room is very cute, a/c worked great, but yes, the carpet was a bit stained.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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260 reviews 260 reviews
77 hotel reviews
Reviews in 106 cities Reviews in 106 cities
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

The hotel itself is great, with quaint old furniture and the concept of the old doors from various parts is very interesting. Service is good and they offer a drop and pick up service to and from Pelourinho. The only problem is the location, you absolutely need to call a cab to pick you up and need to get dropped to the hotel door.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

Casa das Portas Velhas is a true little jewel once you cross the entrance. Warm and dedicated reception, the lobby and the tiny bar make you feel at home and quickly forget about the gadgets of a huge world-chain hotel. Interior decorations have a consistent thread with old wooden doors and keys, that explain the portuguese name of the hotel. Rooms (only 15) are equally warm and comfortable, bathrooms not big but well designed.
Outside Casa...not a great view, be prepared when you arrive there. Run-down buildings all around the square siding and facing the Casa; walking around not pleasant or recommendable, to the extent that the hotel offers a free-taxi ride to the nearby Pelourinho area. Don't misunderstand... the hotel is very close (5 min.by taxi) to center of Salvador, much closer than many other alternatives. Salvador is a big city. Yet, if one likes to see and breath the true daily life of this peculiar brazilian city where people live around the line of poverty and buy food or play football in the streets, overall a Casa das portas velhas can give you a much better flavor of Salvador than other cleaner locations like Barra.
Inside the hotel is almost perfect for lovers of boutique hotels. Breakfast of good quality and choice (lots of fruits) is served in a small patio at a Bahian's pace... In the same place at lunch and dinner an italian chef from Sorrento (Vincenzo) can surprise you with his cooking art in a very relaxed setting so to stop you from dining outside.
The ladies at the reception were always friendly and full of good suggestions.
If you want to visit Salvador with a brilliant and unconventional guide, mention Luis at the reception and you will not regret the decision.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

-At first, a bit worried since other travellers wrote it is in a bad neighbourhood, but based on my stay I would go back.
-Front desk extremely helpful and friendly. They took time to give directions and advice on sites and restaurants. Excellent English - a lot of staff travelled abroad (i.e. Europe, USA)
- We were greeted with a welcome drink - coconut water ... a nice refresher after a long flight.
-Boutique hotel with great decorating. The old doors of the original building add history and meaning to the decor.
- Lovely room .. provided bath robe and slippers. The room smelled like rose petals.
- Originally, there was a problem with the safe in our room. We were moved to another room in no time and the staff helped us transfer clothes and other luggage.
- The breakfast area was a beautiful garden setting. The food was excellent - eggs, plantain, lots of fruit.
- There was a hot pool beyond the breakfast area, but we didn't use it.
- Internet was free - added bonus.
- The gift shop had a lot of unique one of a kind crafts
- The only issue is the bad neighbourhood. Even though, the hotel is across the street from a church and police station ... its not recommended to wander too far. There are two very good local sea food places just across the street and the taxis cost literally nothing.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2010

The hotel is charmingly decorated, the restaurant serves fresh pasta and although the location is not great it is not as bad as one would think. The area is not considered the safest however the hotel offers free shuttle service to the historic center only 10 minutes away. The rooms are spacious, internet is fast and free, can be used on your lap top in all areas of the hotel. There is great attention to detail in the decoration, the hotel has its own museum and it is in itself a historic building. I found it extremely charming but what really makes a difference here is the 5 stars service in a small boutique hotel. A sure place to get your value for money. I really did not find the security a problem at all, if anything the place is simply a real hidden gem. It is not a place to walk out and explore, while at the hotel it is advisable to take cabs are the free shuttle to go out. This is the only thing Id say "negatively" about this hotel but given that Salvador is all like this, the A Casa Das Portas Velhas is no exception but it is exceptional. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

We stayed 3 nights in this very stylish hotel.
Although the location does not seem great at first glance, the hotel provides complimentary taxis that bring you to Pelurinho. Also, we found out the next to the hotel there are 3-4 very popular restaurants that serve excellent food and drinks to locals. You can have your dinner next next door and it is very safe.
The breakfast was simply excellent. Very personalised, with big variety of fresh fruits, juices, sweets...
Personnel is extremely friendly and competent.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Largo da Palma, no 6 | Santana, Salvador, State of Bahia 40040460 , Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — A Casa das Portas Velhas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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