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Solar do Carmo
Ranked #67 of 111 Hotels in Salvador
Seattle, Washington
1 review
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“Great staff and location, average facilities”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stayed here in the last week of May (before the world cup rush). We were a family of three with a 1.5 year toddler. I would recommend the hotel as a safe, clean and comfortable place to stay with very friendly and knowledgeable staff; however, I wouldn't recommend it if you have trouble with stairs or are travelling with kids/elderly folks.

Location - The location is short walk from Pelorinho, although the walk itself is somewhat challenging with its slopes and terrain (a Taxi ride to the historical city center would be ~10-15 Reals). We loved the local experiences we had, from the family music/picnic/sunday night out in the nearby church to the Tuesday night music festival. The staff warned us the streets aren't especially safe after 7 so we were careful not carry flashy or expensive things in general; that said, we didn't feel threatened or unsafe at any point in our stay.

Staff - very friendly, speak fluent English, and took the time and effort to make sure we were comfortable and were able to experience Salvador the right way. Be sure to speak to the owners wife - she will set you on the right track , so much so that you may consider cancelling any tours you've booked.

Food - Travelling with a child, we wanted to stay at a place which had an on site restaurant in case we had to stay in. The breakfast was a nice homely affair with lot of baked goods which set a good tone to the day - looking out over the water during breakfast wasnt a bad view either !Unfortunately the hotel has its restaurant closed during the off season (this isn't something on the website) so we had to fend for ourselves during the night. Luckily there are some small food vendors where you can buy sandwiches, rolls and other snacks and some really nice cafes further down the street.

Rooms/facilities - Most hotels in this area are basically glorified Bed and Breakfasts so we weren't expecting elevators or anything fancy. Solar do Carmo was undergoing construction when we visited so there was a bit out debris and construction noise on the outside but nothing that bothered us. They staff was nice enough to give us a bigger room than we booked, but honestly its still a tight fit with 2 large suitcases and a Pack N Play for the kid. The fixtures are old but clean; AC was a lifesaver in the heat (though you have to wrestle the old windows to close), and we did have trouble with the sliding door of our cupboard that kept falling off.

Room Tip: Pick a room as far away from the street as you can.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Trinidad
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

We went to Salvador for the FIFA World Cup and even though the area the hotel is at isn't fancy or developed, it was still very pretty in a historical sense. The hotel itself doesn't seem like much from outside but inside is pretty nice for the price you pay. The exceptional thing however is the staff. Everyone is willing to go out of their way to make you as comfortable as possible. The owner's wife drew maps for us and detailed all the tourist attractions, as well as directions to the stadium where we had to watch the games. Any problem we had was attended to ASAP.
Breakfast was complimentary and my meat/egg eating friends were raving about it, however I had very limited options. On hearing this, they specially prepared dishes without eggs just for me! I must say this was the best service I have ever received at any hotel in my life and would recommend this place to everyone staying at Salvador.

Room Tip: Top floor has water coming in under the doors of the balcony during very heavy rains
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Although for some reason this have high trip advisor rate the location is bad there is nothing around although the nice sea view they don't have elevator and all rooms are really high floors, breakfast is poor and A/C did not really worked.
Bad neighbor and cannot go anywhere without an escort or cab after dark, must mentioned that the staff was really friendly and the only reason I gave them 2 stars and not 1. Very old motel.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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London
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

A lovely small boutique hotel in the old city of Salvador, close to all the tourist attractions.Rooms are clean but avoid those overlooking the street at the front unless you want to participate in a midnight carnival. Breakfast is served on the terrace with perfect views over the waterfront and the bay. Excellent service.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We had a short time to stay in Salvador and wanted to stay in the Pelourinho. Very nice small hotel. Our room was on the last floor, nice volume and confortable.

Top star for the hot shower: it was a real boiler not the ordinary electrical shower that you can get more often than not in Brazil.

Downside: the bathroom had a sloping roof, no windows. Terrible for make up, contact lenses etc because very dark. Suggestion to the hotel management: please add a light over the mirror or add another mirror in the bedroom.

Breakfast OK for Brazilian standards. Not a lot.

Very nice and welcoming staff.

After browsing on internet for pre-booking, we paid 70 reais for a taxi from the airport (Acessi taxis). Quite cheap, normally they'll charge you between 80 and 110.

Room Tip: Be aware that there's no lift. The stairs are nice and large.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Nestled just 5 minutes from the Pelorhino section of Salvador. It is beautiful in it's simple, artsy charm - beautiful art throughout. The staff, especially, Alvaro at the front desk and atelier Flavia go out of their way to make your stay exceptional. Great breakfast every morning! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

After paying for the room through an online booking service, I was confused about whether I would have a water view, and two beds for me and my friend. The staff and owner at Solar do Carmo made sure we had both, and provided us with the best room in the house, on the top floor (Room 501). Like most buildings in the historic district, there is no elevator, which was no issue for us, but might be for others.

Breakfast is delicious, with lots of variety, and best of all, it's an opportunity to chat with one of the owners who is an artist whose art decorates the hotel. She is a charming ambassador for Salvador, and provided us with maps and careful descriptions of her favorite spots in Pelourinho and other usually unexplored neighborhoods. All of her recommendations were great, and it was interesting to have a conversation with this informed and expressive person about topics ranging from politics to literature.

The hotel staff are very sweet and attentive. The hotel's location, while not in the heart of Pelourinho, is right on its outskirts, and is easy walking distance. Very highly recommended and a reasonable price for cleanliness, comfort and location.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Solar do Carmo
Address: Rua Direita de Santo Antonio 108, Salvador, State of Bahia 40301-280, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #67 of 111 Hotels in Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Solar do Carmo 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hospedagem no Solar do Carmo tem um estilo unico . Primeiro, por sua arquitetura que preservou as caracteristicas do passado acrescentando um projeto arquitetonico moderno e original. Um exemplo e a escada helicoidal metalica contrastando com as paredes em tijolos antigos aparentes. O aconchego do hotel tambem se deve muito a sua estrutura fisica. Outra forte marca do Solar do Carmo e a vista espetacular de 180 graus da Baia de Todos os Santos. O deck-bar, onde e servido o cafe da manha e onde funciona o restaurante e um verdadeiro mirante para essa mistica baia. Ao final da tarde acontece o happy hour com por do sol . Uma boa hora para aproveitar a hidromassagem do pequeno spa para relaxar depois de um dia repleto de passeios e bons momentos. O hotel localiza-se na Rua Direita de Santo Antonio, famosa por cultivar as raizes historicas da cidade, tanto culturalmente, atraves de manifestacoes religiosas, festas e eventos, como arquitetonicamente, com casaroes e sobrados com cerca de 300 anos de idade. Antiga residencia de familias nobres e funcionarios publicos. ... more   less 
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