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San Marino Hotel & Suites
Ranked #108 of 110 Hotels in Salvador
Reviewed November 14, 2009

We booked this hotel trough our agency, cause they said it is close to pelourinho. Actually, it's at almost one hour walk to the center, in the Barra beach area. Rooms are old and crumbling. Breakfast is very poor. The swimming pool is ridiculous, very tiny and dirty.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2008

This hotel is an example of the worstest thing I ever been...
The room is horrorable, the services too, only thing ok is the location... but there is another hotels at the same beach...

My advice... look for another... dont go...

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank marleixo
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Reviewed June 8, 2008

Not sure if this is the same hotel that everyone is talking about but I stayed at Hotel San Marino & Suites on Av Oceanica 889 in Salvador Bahio in Feb 2008. The only good thing about the hotel was the location, opposite the beach, and opposite a bus stop that goes straight to the airport. Everything else was depressing. The room was dingy and damp, with old seventies furniture, a loud old fashioned wall air conditioner, and the stale smell of cigarettes. It was also very small and the TV did not work properly. The bathroom was large, yet had mouldy showers that looked unclean. The whole hotel was in dire need of a good scrub and total revamp. The hotel staff were rude and unfriendly. One guy at reception even tried to disuade me from catching the bus to the aiport saying that it was 'dangerous' for tourists, and surpise surprise said he had a friend who can take me in his cab instead! I took the shuttle bus in the end, it was airconditioned, safe and very comfortable, cheap and an express service straight to the airport. I could not wait to leave the hotel, and would not recommend it for any lone travellers.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 7, 2007

The hotel has an excelente location, just 1 minute walking from Barra Beach, very close to shopping Barra and lots of restaurants and bars around. My room had sea view, it was clean and in a good size, the bathroom was clean also. the bad point is the pool, its just a small pool on the top of the hotel but the view from the pool is amazing!!! I'm going to stay there again next january

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Luiza M
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Reviewed January 2, 2007

The hotel is on the beach with pleanty of bars and resturants nreaby plus Shopping barra a large air conditioned mall nearby. The hotel staff were great but lacked English skills. The hotel had a few sillt maintenace problems but these would be fixed when pointed out. The room was large but the furniture dated as was most of the hotel. The whole place could do with a make over. The breakfast choice was huge and one of the best we had. All the staff were nice and cleaning was good. No beach view but that ment we had a quiet room. Key operated safe in room at extra charge. No internet. Small (10 feet) round pool on roof but it was a real oasis of calm and a nice place to be. The gym was one exercise bike.

Good points:
Location -on beach, everything nearby. Shops, bars, resturants
Airport bus - stops nearby
Resturant - great morning choice and cheap evening meals
Large room

General Points

Needed a bit of a make over.
Small pool
Lightbulb in bathroom needed replacing (hard to ask for without language skills).
Busy road in front of hotel

Bad points
Gym - was a bike
Very limited English spoken

I would stop at this hotel again as it was good value for money and a great location. Not a honeymoon hotel but for clean, cheerful and lcoation it was fine. The breakfast buffet was a bonus as was the airport bus stopping nearby which saved the need for a taxi. Area was safe and clean apart from a few beggars afer 11pm at night.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled as a couple
1  Thank uevani
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Reviewed August 12, 2016
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  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled with family
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Thank Céline O
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Address: Av. Presidente Vargas 889, Salvador, State of Bahia 40140-130, Brazil (Formerly Riverside Farol da Barra)
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #108 of 110 Hotels in Salvador
Hotel Class:3 star — San Marino Hotel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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