This pousada is run by a team of vivacious women who create a mood of relaxed hedonism at Carnival time. (See the owner, Patricia Lira, pictured in front of a portrait of herself.) The power of their human sunshine let’s you forgive the minor imperfections. It is very friendly – straight, gay, undecided, young and old friendly. The staff don’t speak English or Spanish, there is no soap in the rooms, the airport transfer driver they booked came without a sign and it took two hours for him to find me – but all of this is forgiven - outweighed by the warmth of the staff and the ambience and the friendliness of the other guests. During my stay these ranged from the head of an English language school in Salvador (Brazil) who preferred the Olinda carnival to her own, a French woman taking a months break to travel after completing a major project, an English couple who were taking a mid life year break to travel the world and a retired and ageing retired television executive whose main interest was music and photography. There was also a gay contingent which included a Brazilian Little Richard camp-alike. We all meet over the communal tables at a generous buffet breakfast with a wide range of fruits, breakfast savouries, pastries and pies.
The pool is clean and warm. The air condition in my room was perfect. The place is full of colour and vibrant artworks. At Carnival time the front of the hotel, protected with barriers and its own guard, becomes a party area for guests a few of who of whom seem never to leave the premises. This place is ideal for people of a liberal disposition who can accept that the rough is outweighed by the smooth. I had so much fun I may be back. The Olinda street carnival is the last of its kind and unlike the others, VIP-free and open to all.
- Also Known As:
- Pousada Alto Astral Olinda, Brazil
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