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Pousada Poesia
Ranked #63 of 111 Hotels in Salvador
Brazil
2 reviews
“Excellent visit”
Reviewed May 6, 2011

This is the third time my partner and I have stayed in this Pousada....it is a lovely little place directly on the beach with clean spacious rooms, friendly and helpful staff, pool with lovely terrace with views of the beach where you can sit and enjoy a cold beer or breakfast of freshly baked cakes, fruits, juices, cheeses etc....
Itapua is a little town with white sandy beaches running along the coast and the perfect place to come and stay if you want to relax and escape the noise and bustle of Salvador city. We have stayed in many Pousadas in Bahia, Rio, Pernambuco and can highly recommend a stay here.....The hospitlity of the people here makes it feel like coming home and we hope to come back again very soon.....

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

I am Brazilian and I have been to Salvador before many times. I love the city and its people; in my opinion, it shares with Recife the title of most creative and dynamic cultural capital of Brazil. I chose this pousada after reading the comments at TripAdvisor. Unfortunately, and for the first time, I could not be more disappointed.

- The pousada: Well, for the price they charge, I have known better pousadas in Bahia and elsewhere in Brazil. It is true that it is located right in front of the beach and 500 meters from the center of Itapoa. It has a nice pool and clean but very simple rooms. That’s all for the positives; I found the owners blasés, almost depressed, giving an image of decadence. We felt like they were detached from their role as hosts. They were not impolite, but rather a far cry from the typical warm and friendly Brazilians we have always met. We stayed only one night at a small room in the basement (we were supposed to move up later but we left before). The TV was useless (brokenn antenae), the sheets had holes and there was no hot water. The breakfast was very minimalist, with only coffee, milk, a couple of juices, crackers, slices of bread, ham and cheese and a (not really tasty) cake. In summary, one gets too little for too much.

- The beach: Frankly, Bahia and Brazil have beaches that are much, much better than this one. I last visited Itapoa 20 years ago and was impressed by how beautiful and calm it was. Nowadays, it looks more like a mix of an open air garbage dump and a nightclub, especially on weekends. The cacophony of dozens of sound systems playing different songs is unbearable, and the volume of trash left by the public is disgusting. I don’t see the point of being at a beach-front room, unless one wants to listen to a thousand different Axé bands at the same time while looking at a garbage dump. Our neighbors played music very loud the whole day since this is the way people like to have fun over there. In the last 5 or 10 years, Brazilians have gotten into oversized sound systems and loud music in the beach. The time of “passar uma tarde em Itapoa, ouvindo o mar de Itapoa” is long gone…Add to this the lack of a decent garbage collection service and you have the worst possible nightmare for someone looking for a peaceful and pleasant stay.

It breaks my heart but I think Itapoa is a shame to Bahia and to Brazil. I can only recommend this place during the carnival, when the only thing we need is a shower, a decent bed and a warm coffee in the morning. Other than that, don’t waste your money there; go visit the town but move North or South of Salvador for the beaches.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Liomar, Manager at Pousada Poesia, responded to this review, January 22, 2011
First of all, thank you for your review, it is very important for us. And we are glad that both you and your wife took the time to write two different reviews for the only night you spent with us. We realy appreciate that.
Our pousada is simple, it can't be compared with the Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte, the best resort in Bahia, as you say in your review, neither for the facilities, service and breakfast nor for the price. We are very sorry that you could think that. But we are glad that you enjoyed your vacation in a place you like after you left us.
As we said, our pousada is simple and not formal. We want to help people know and understand the local culture and we are glad to give them the information they need and resolve their problems. But we must be asked for, because we realize that some people want to stay on their own and don't like to be bothered.
There are some points we desagree with you: we don't have rooms in the basement, only on ground floor; and yes we do have hot water coming from the sun collectors on the roof, you must only wait a little, because we tempt to be so ecological as we can.
Our pousada is on the beach, which becomes very crowded in the weekends, especially on sunday, and you came just on sunday. But, as you could see, after 7 p.m. it is calm and you only hear the waves breaking on the beach. The house on our side is empty, the owners only come in the weekends and sometimes rent it. In that sunday they left at night.
As you said, we are 500 meters far from the center of Itapoa, where you can find some delicious local snacks, like acaraje and beiju, and several restaurants. Among them Mistura Fina (one of the best in town), Ki-Mukeka (bahian food) and Picui (good and cheap, on the first floor with a great view).
You are right, the people around here love to listen to loud music in their cars and dance round them drinking beer, that is part of the local culture. And if you want to enjoy the beach in magnificent places which don't seem to be a part of Bahia we can suggest Morro de Sao Paulo end several resorts around Itacare, a wonderful village.
Thank you for your opinion one more time and have a pleasant, happy and successful 2011.
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Manaus, Amazonas
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

We spent a week at the Pousada in early July. The staff is excellent, friendly and ready for any request. The view from the 2nd floor bedroom catches both the local Itapuan beach and a view of Salvador. The neighborhood is residential, so the only excitement is on weekends when the beach fills with sun worshipers. The nearby beach food stands are clean and offer good food for reasonable prices. We recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Portoroz, Slovenia
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

This pousada has an excellent location. It is situated directly on the beach, that means that you can really be all the day in bikini. There is a pool in the pousada's garden as well. The rooms are big enough and comfortable, the breakfast is tropical (you can eat a lot of tropical fruits) and the staff is available for any of your needs. There is always someone at the reception, also durig the night. You can enjoy the beach in peace just in front of the pousada or you can go in the city center which is crowded with peple. I recommand Pelourinho (historical center) expecially on tuesday evening. All over the squares in Pelourinho there is a live concert. Good to see is also Arembepe - the hipi village. This is outside Salvador, approximately 30 km.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Ljubljana
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Reviewed May 13, 2010

I was there this year with my wife. They picked us up at the airport and they drove us to Pousada. Rooms are big and very clean. The staff is very nice and helpfull. They serv only breakfast, but they give us a lot of ideas where to eat and they also drove us to some restorants. Mr.Bojan, the boss, gave us ideas where to go and arranged us different trips. Because we were there in time of the carneval, Mr.Bojan arrenged us specital tickets to VIP terasas, where we were watching the carneval from safe place. The beach in front the hotel is good and there are a lot of small restaurants with food and cold bear. We are coming again next year.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pousada Poesia
Address: Rua da Poesia 118 | Farol de Itapoã, Salvador, State of Bahia 41640-485, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Salvador
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada Poesia 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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