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Hotel Villa Santo Antonio
Ranked #80 of 110 Hotels in Salvador
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We booked this hotel as it is located in the Historic area of Salvador which to any one visiting Salvador is a must see. The hotel is small but has a great terrace over looking the port and Bay which is a lovely place for supper. The food is pretty much cooked to order and subject to what they have available simple but good service is a bit local but then this is a small hotel and not 5 star, all very pleasant and an ideal stop over for a night if your in Salvador. The one you really want is the convento hotel down the road which is really worth the effort if you can afford it quite beautiful in all counts.Also visit the gem merchant on the hill right side going down real nice guy with good English.

Room Tip: Only difference between standard and deluxe room is air Cond which you may not need rooms at the ba...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Tranquility is the one word that comes to mind when I think of this wonderful hotel, where I spent a week. The design and decors are beautiful, created by the German owner himself, a former student of architecture. The rooms are large and comfortable with high ceilings, and due to the open-to-the-winds layout of the building, the fans are all you need. The food is excellent, and the view from the restaurant over the bay is amazing. It is the perfect place to build up energy for a busy day in the fascinating city and wind down in the evening, while you strike up a conversation or simply ponder on life, while watching the sunset.
The owner and staff are great and helpful people, who will go out of their way for you to enjoy your stay. The price is high end, but so is the location, service and facilities.
It is wonderful to walk the streets of artsy Santo Antonio and lively Pelourinho, and the high frequency of talented artists - painters, musicians etc - create a lovely relaxed atmosphere. While I myself felt totally safe even at night, bear in mind that 'gringos' do attract unwanted attention from unfortunate elements of this poor community. Be safe and always take a taxi after nightfall. With the use of common sense you will have a fantastic experience in this lovely location, which I look forward to return to in the future.

Room Tip: Good value for the suites (with air-con and terrace) overlooking the bay. http://hotel-santoantonio...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

It is not easy to find a place you can call home! This poussada is one of these places! Lean back and enjoy your stay completely! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

The room's decoration is nice, but there's no air conditioning. (Only one suite has it).
It's almost impossible to sleep in the heat of Salvador without it.

Apparently the only people who speak english are the owners. A Brazilian woman and a guy who apparently speaks german as his first language.

They are not there all the time and the rest of the staff doesn't speak English.

The girl in the reception is very slow. And evey time you ask the price of anything they apparently have to call someone and ask. I saw, more than once, people asking simple questions, such as "what kind of wine do you have?" or "how much does a coke cost?" and the girl never new right away. The same happened with the waiters in the restaurant area.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

We came to Salvador not knowing much about the place. We found this pearl and I can totally recommend it to any other visitior! The atmosphere is friendly and very familiar, best for someone seeking a comfortable home! The location with it´s view of the sea is special in any case! The Villa also convinced with it´s high class standard!!! We would go there anytime again!!! By the way, it is also a great place to eat and enjoy the view from the terrace floor...

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

During my journey through South America I have been in a lot of different places, but there where only a view accommondations which should be mentioned of theire plessure and hospitality.
One of these special places is the pousada "Hotel Villa Santo Antonio", an old colonial house in the acient city of Salvador which was reformed with a good feeling of combination the old architecture with modern technique. Also the interior which is a mixture of these added with works of different national (Bel Borba: www.belborba.com) and international (Wolfgang Flatz: www.flatz.net) artists.
Five years ago, short time after the reformation of the building and opening to the "Pousada Hotel Villa Santo Antonio", I stayed already once at this place and was fascinated by entering the house, because you can look from the door through the whole building (over 70 feet), seeing the blue glittering ocean to the "BAIA TODOS OS SANTOS BAY" on the other side.
Now under the new german/brazilian management the hospitality is very familiar.
In the new restaurant and bar (also open to the public) wich offers a combination of italian and brazilian citchen you absolutly get the best meal in the hole area, sitting on the terrace overlooking down town and the old habour to the ocean (specialy nice at nigth).
Not one of the rooms are equal and with the furnishings of colonial and modern style they are very charming.
The nicest suites (more expensive) have this ocean-view, the master suite (only one) on the top floor with an whirlpool on the terrace you are overlooking the hole bay and the acient city, but also the others to the street (especial these with balcony or terrace) have great outlooks down the historial street, Santo Antonio, with all their beautifull houses which were build during the dutch and portuguese colonial occupation.
If you are visiting Salvador this place I would realy recomend also because it is situated close to the nearby habour from where you can make daytours by boat to one of the islands with their nice beaches in the "Holy Bay", the bigest is "Itaparica" or taking the catamaran to "Moro de Sao Paulo".

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

Having been already a guest four years ago when I was living in Sao Paulo I came back to Salvador. I spent a few days in the nice Villa Santo Antonio Hotel in Salvador because Camacari is always lacking a good quality pousada. Good news: the highlight is the restaurant ! Under the new management the restaurant is now open to the public and not for hotel guests only, and under the reign of Senhora Eliane , an Bahiana women who was a cook in the best Sao Paulo restaurants for years, the restaurant is now worth a star in the Brazilian ¨¨guide Michelin¨¨, the guia Quadro Rodas. Such a simple meal as Spaghetti bolognese I had tonight and which was just great (wonderful meat, spaghetti al dente comme il faut) reveal the high standards of Madame Eliane culinarian art. The day before yesterday the seule meuniere was a delight!
My room were very clean and the service was just wonderful, so felt at home in Auckland! .
Andrew Poniatowsky

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Address: Rua Direita de Santo Antonio 130 | Centro Histórico, Salvador, State of Bahia 40301-280, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #80 of 110 Hotels in Salvador
Price Range: $54 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Villa Santo Antonio 3.5*
Number of rooms: 293
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