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“Excellent homey pousada in barra, Salvador”

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Pousada Estrela do Mar
Ranked #9 of 157 Salvador B&B and Inns
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

Like Salvador or not, if you are there, this is a great Pousada to stay in, in quiet Barra by the beach. Lovely rooms, spacious, great breakfast, extremely helpful staff (thanks Robson and Kika) who tell you all the good stuff to see, book for you what you need, provide maps, and are just nice to talk to. Sean the owner was great. I changed my booking several times extending and then shortening - he did his max both ways.
Only 15 mins by bus or taxi from the historical centre. But u get peace and quiet.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

My wife and l stayed here for a week at the end of Oct / start of Nov. Sean runs a great Pousada. Staff are excellent & helpful and the breakfasts are delicious! Rooms are good (we stayed in room 9 which was a good size) location is very close to beaches and a number of resturants. Free wifi was useful.

Highly recommend.

Cheers

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

Service and reception were very unpersonnal or apathic. The "suite" is in fact just two rooms, one with a french bed, one with two single beds, and the "veranda" is a very small space in front of your room door with a sight on the patio where common spaces, the smokers corner and the other rooms have their entrance. No sight from the suite. Furniture is old. For just a little bit more of money, you can get much better in Barra.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Cvxa
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PousadaEstrelaDoMar, Owner at Pousada Estrela do Mar, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2011

I am very sorry that the reviewer was unhappy with the service and found it unfriendly. Even though our accommodation is not at all luxurious our guests usually comment what a friendly place it is and how helpful our staff are.
Yes our balcony suite has just 2 rooms, a bathroom and a balcony. The balcony is not huge but it comfortably fits the table and 2 chairs that it has. Our Pousada is a colonial style building and we have tried to furnish it accordingly. The bed in the room where the reviewer stayed is an antique wooden bed which we had hoped would add to the charm of the room - the mattress however is 21st century. Another complaint that the guest had was that the room didn´t have a view. Even though we are just 120 metres from the sea and the beach we are on a side street and none of our rooms have views - they look onto the courtyards or the street.
I am sorry that the reviewer was disappointed and that the accommodation did not live up to his expectations. I believe that there is nothing on our website that indicated the room was any different to what it is. They booked in for 5 nights, arrived at night and left early the next morning after just 1 night. I am happy that they seem to have found somewhere more suitable and to their liking in the Barra neighbourhood and hope they had a great holiday in Salvador.

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Reviewed October 12, 2011

We stayed here for 5 days inbetween travelling in Rio. what can we say it was a fab stay. staff couldnt have been more helpful or friendlier. Made our visit to Salvador a special one. Thanks from Brian & Kelly

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

Room was huge and with all the facilities we needed, a/c large bathroom , very clean etc...breakfast was excellent with better service than weve had in 4 star hotels but the real highlight is how helpful they were in helping us arrange our trips to the islands in bahia! Top Marks !

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

What a relief to be booked in to this beautiful pousada. Spotlessly clean, secure, so near to a beautiful beach and lots of super places to eat nearby - especially Brazil Legal for their buffet lunch !
Quiet, relaxed and friendly, especially pleased to be able to exchange a book for another English title in the book box... and then to use the internet in the foyer.
Lovely breakfast , especially the coconut and tapioca cake with homemade pineapple jam,
Just loved this place.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

The Estrela do Mar is a lovely peaceful place to stay in busy Salvador. Just steps away from the ocean, the lighthouse and Barra nightlife. Lots of buses going to every place in Salvador leave on the adjacent streete, 7 de Septembre or Av Oceanica. Bars, Food stalls, restaurants, a big supermarket - all in wakling distance.
When I was staying there it was a friendly mix of travellers from all over the world.
Sean, the owner, was very helpful when I discovered that my bank card had been "skimmed" at the airport (I had a very good look at all ATMs after that!).
My room was nice and comfortable. Only thing I had to get used to was that you always had to be careful that the bathroom curtains were COMPLETELY closed as from the stairway one had a direct view.....

Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Pousada Estrela do Mar

Address: Rua Afonso Celso 119 | Barra, Salvador, State of Bahia 40140-080, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Salvador
Price Range: $46 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada Estrela do Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Barra, just a minute from the beach, this exquisite house has been transformed by loving owners into a comfortable, modern, pristine guesthouse for discerning travelers. Ideally located for Carnaval. Each of its 9 rooms has its own bathroom, refrigerator, TV and air-conditioning.Wi-fi internet available free in rooms and public areas. Our breakfasts are made with fresh natural ingredients and served between 8 and 12. ... more   less 
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