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)
Very nice, with elevator, air conditioning, safe, good furniture, cable TV, nice shower, very clean and well decorated.
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.
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.
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.
In the Pelourinho, it appears to be always open, that is the place I recommend to ask all questions, it is that good.
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).
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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Do Pilar Salvador, Bahia, Brazil