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Pousada do Pilar
Ranked #56 of 110 Hotels in Salvador
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Location:
We had no car, we either walked or used the bus.
The pousada (little Hotel) is located Between 10 to 15 minutes from the Pelourinho, ups and downs, cobblestones, small or non existent side walks, not a big deal for health and young people, but it was a problem for my 71 years old mother with a weak knee.
Nearest pharmacy is about 20 minutes in the opposite direction.
Bus stops are either 20 minutes away towards the Pelourinho or about 20 minutes away towards Cidade baixa (lower city).
The pousada is within walking distance from most of the historical center attractions, we had to take the bus to go to: Igreja do Bonfim (Bonfim Church), projeto Tamar (Tamar project, this we actually got a full day tour), and farol da barra (museum)

Room:
Very nice, with elevator, air conditioning, safe, good furniture, cable TV, nice shower, very clean and well decorated.

Noise:
Quiet, can hear some noise from the streets but not bad at all, I am picky with noise and I can't complain at all.

Breakfast:
Starts at 7:30, but they can prepare something for you if you need to leave early, typical Brazilian with fruits, breads (made in there) cakes, juices, coffee, milk, but I think they can prepare eggs if requested. I really liked a papaya passion fruit jelly they served, I found out they make it there.

Front desk:
Very helpful and knowledgeable, we got everything we asked for, like changing a mattress, early breakfast, etc... but I would go to the visitor center to get information, in the visitor center the maps are free and I found they explain things very well and they know about the busses too.

Visitor Center:
In the Pelourinho, it appears to be always open, that is the place I recommend to ask all questions, it is that good.

Eating out:
Pelourinho is strange, not all restaurants open for lunch, Sundays are very difficult to have a decent lunch in there, there aren't many cheap & good options, some places we liked are:
Cafelier, French style, good and close to the Pousada, but not always open, I could not figure out when it is open.
Senac, there are 2 restaurants here, one is eat all you want, good to know the local food because I think they have it all there, the other less expensive option is the por quilo (per weight, 1 kilo about 2 pounds).

Violence:
We stayed there a whole week, we saw nothing during week days, but Saturday and Sunday were kind of crazy: Saturday morning we saw police beating up hard two drunk guys, I thought it was more than what was needed and left us with a bad impression. There are lots of police men in there that gives a sense of security, but then Saturday evening we saw police chasing two guys that robbed an older turist. Sunday we met a lady in the Tamar tour
that told us someone in her hotel was robbed on Saturday. Hummm.

Things to do:
Tamar project, very nice tour to see young turtles and how they are protect also nice beach.
Farol da Barra, nice beach and has a very interesting Navy museum, I learnt some things in there.
Pelourinho, interesting to stroll around.
Show folclorico ( Folk show ), interesting show, high level capoeira, and afrodances are performed.
Sao Francisco Church, must see.
Bonfim Churce, just OK, it has some value to the locals, it is possible to take nice pictures because the gates are very colorful.

I hope this review helps you!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

This Pousada is very nice. The staff is very friendly. The Pousada is located in the historic centre of Salvador. The neighbourhood requires an iron door that has to be locked all the time. We wanted to do some sightseeing of the historic centre, but that was a party going on. A local couple advised us not to merge in the crowd, so we went back to a restaurant next to the Pousada.
After that we went back to our room and worked on emails and reading our books.
In the morning we found out that this Pousada had the best shower I have ever experienced!!
Also the breakfast was very well. It is on the 3 floor, offering a nice view over the harbour of Salvador.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed here after spending 10 days moving up the coast from Rio, and after some of the places we stayed along the way, this was like an oasis in the desert! We had a seaview room which was well worth the extra money, and the terrace was large and lovely. The entire facility is very well done, modern in decoration, yet still charming and unique. It is quite close to Pelourinho, and was well secured. I highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: Try to book a room looking out over the bay. There is little to see in the street view.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We spent 2 nights at the Pousada and it thought it was very good. Very close to the Pelorinho (although up and down a couple of steep roads) and very nicely decorated. When we arrived we weren't sure about the location as we arrived at night. The next morning we were happily surprised when we realised that it was very easy to walk to everything.

The room was very large, great decor and good air con. Breakfast was good and we would deffinately recommend the hotel to people wanting a small hotel very close to the old town.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed in pousada do pilar with two kids. Staff was already extremely helpfull before arriving and planning our trip. Once in salvador nothing was to much, maps, carrental, boattickets, etc. Room was fine and breakfast great with fresh baked cakes en much to choose from. Your are already in the old centre and you can walk to the main square in 5 minutes. Halfway on the left walking to the centra there is a good pizzeria. For us 2 days Salvador was enough.

Room Tip: Probably the rooms on the front side are more quit. If you use the aircon it doesnt matter.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Attending Poultry Conference with 3000 Delegates who are all complaining about their hotels around the Bahia Convention Centre. We feel a little guilty as our little 12 room hotel looking over the shipping harbor is just perfect. Great rooms ,lovely breakfasts,(it took me a while to get the right words for eggs. Ovo) and the staff are excellent. One morning the owner drove us to the convention centre and would take any money Lots of local guests coming for one or two days so I guess our 11nights was longer than normal Free fast wifi was also appreciated.

Room Tip: If you want harbor views get above first floor
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

Fantastic posada in the Pelorinho (old town) in Salvador. Stayed here for five days in Feb 2012 and really enjoyed the stay. Staff were all extremely pleasant and helpful. Rooms are great, worth upgrading to a room with a sea view and balcony if you can. Location is about 5 mins walk from the main square (slightly steep hills). Another plus was the free wi-fi in the rooms. Looking forward to a return visit!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pousada do Pilar

Address: Rua Direita de Santo Antonio 24, Salvador, State of Bahia 40301-280, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 110 Hotels in Salvador
Price Range: $61 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pousada do Pilar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the historical centre of Salvador, this beautifully decorated inn overlooks Baía de Todos os Santos Bay. Its colonial building provides guests with spacious rooms featuring city and sea views. Rooms at Pousada do Pilar have all been restored. With high ceilings and traditional décor, each includes a TV, air conditioning, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Free Wi-Fi is provided too. Breakfast is served on Pousada do Pilar's rooftop terrace. Guests can enjoy regional items while admiring panoramic bay views. The hotel is right in front of the bay. The neighborhood Santo Antonio Além do Carmo is a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, history and old town exploring. ... more   less 
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