I just come back from having spent 6 nights and 7 days with my partner at this awesome little hotel.
I'm shocked to have read the previous reviewers headline , so let me address that issue before I continue with my review as it bothers me because regardless of how you feel about the hotel, the area where it is sited is absolutely amazingly beautiful and fascinating: She says to avoid any hotels in this neighborhood, the Pelourinho. That's comparable to advising somebody visiting Venice to stay away from any hotel near the Canals or to not stay in a casino when going to Las Vegas! The Pelourinho is a UNESCO World Cultural Center and THE reason to visit Salvador and therefore the best base to explore this fascinating neighborhood. As a result of its history as a nexus between the indigenous people, the portuguese and the slaves that they brought, it possesses a fascinating cultural mix with amazing art in its churches, cathedrals, and cobblestone streets and squares filled with plenty of music (forró, samba, drums) and energy.
I can't quite believe how hyperbolic the previous reviewer is being saying you have a 50/50 chance of being stabbed when you walk out the hotel! That's absolutely ludicrous and if it were true, I'd be dead many times over and lacerated all over my body. The Pelourinho is nowhere near the most dangerous part of town. In fact, it's patrolled by numerous Tourist Police that are posted in almost every corner and for that reason alone you're safer here than just about anywhere else in town. You're pretty much in view of these tourist police officers at all times. As long as you use some common sense by keeping your valuables in the hotel and not venturing out of the areas that contain the numerous restaurants, stores, churches, cultural centers, etc. you'll be just fine. This is a major emerging world city with its associated problems, but use some basic precautions and you'll be just fine.
As for the hotel, we loved it here. We were impressed right from the moment we checked in. We were greeted in a very friendly manner by Alan, who was very informative and helpful. The same can be said about the two other people working the reception desk (Paolo & Marco, I think?). Having travelled in Brazil, service standards are usually pretty disappointing with very apathetic staff even in some of the better establishments, but not here. Everyone was friendly and eager. One of the owners also came out to greet us, and we were introduced to the other one the next day. They were both just as effusive and friendly as the reception workers and very grateful for our stay of 6 nights.
Just a few minutes after we checked into our room, a very tasty tropical fruit platter was sent up to our room as a welcome. We stayed in room #3 (a deluxe room), with an awesome view of the Bahia de Todos os Santos and its many spectacular sunsets from our balcony. The entire property is really tastefully decorated and very charming. Our room was spacious and the bed humungous. It probably fits 4 people no problem. It has Sky TV and a DVD player. I think they have DVDs for you, but we didn't use any. The Wifi worked fine most of the time, with just some brief lapses when it went away. The bathroom is large and has an awesome deep bath tub with jacuzzi style capabilities, as well as a great shower.
The room was in the same level as the swimming pool. It's small but perfect for just a refreshing dip. The pool area also has a bay view and you can have bar service brought to you from it. There's also a rooftop bar where you could also go to view the sunsets.
Breakfast service is very prompt. You can have it anytime from 7am onwards. You get coffee, variations on a platter of fruit, omelette, bread basket, ham, cheese, quiche like cake, etc. All of it delicious. On our last day, we were leaving before 7am to catch our flight and they accommodated us by having an altered service at 6:20am. In the evening, you get turndown service and a couple of small treats are left in your room.
The hotel is in a pedestrian only area (though we had reserved the taxi from the airport thru the hotel and they took us right to the door and and took us back to the airport from the hotel door). They probably won't be able to take you to the door everytime, but you're only about 200 feet away from the Terreiro de Jesus, a big square surrounded by churches and the main cathedral, where the taxis are. They have a seating area with long windows open to the streets. The hotel is in an enchanting cobblestone street that leads down to a big blue church, with its towers seemingly coming out of the street. It's a great view.
There's also a restaurant in the hotel for lunch and dinner. We had dinner twice here and it was great both times.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de charme in a fully restored XIXth colonial house in the very heart of Pelourinho, facing All Saints’ Bay. Sunny swimming pool and panoramic roof-terrace. 10 high standard rooms with luxury bedding, 1 gastronomic restaurant, 2 bars, 1 solarium, 1 fitness. All rooms with full sound insulation, air conditioning, ceiling fan, free broad-band internet access, free electronic safe, LCD TV, DVD, frigo-bar. Most rooms with private terrace or balcony with bay or city view. Free WiFi at restaurant, lobby and garden-bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Do Amarelindo Salvador
- Casa Do Amarelindo Hotel
- Hotel Casa Do Amarelindo Salvador, Bahia, Brazil