All the praises of the Pousada Casa Vila Bela that made me select it for a stay in Salvador were proved to be accurate including the helpfulness of Stéphane and Gerusa.The stay there was most enjoyable, except for the fact that I need to use Internet when I travel. If free Internet is offered in the promotional material, the restrictions on its use should be mentioned. We were given a room at the end of the third floor. The inn's Wi-Fi system did not reach our room.
I had to go down to a lounge chair on the second floor or the first floor lobby to use the Internet. I explained to Stéphane that an inexpensive Wi-Fi range-extender would solve the problem, and that better still a powerline adapter that uses the electrical circuits would even be better if it their electrical wiring connections would work (this could be purchased, tested, and returned if it did not work, and if it did it would allow an ethernet type connection in every room). She told me that she will pursue this and if I returned next year I would have Internet in every room.
A second problem may be far more difficult to fix. Guests cannot always be relied upon to lock the front door when leaving the building, so the door is locked from the inside because there is not always a staff person on hand to watch the door traffic. At night,there is an attendant who admits guests returning from a night out. The inn has no exits other than the front door. If there is a fire, the guests will have to rely access to the front door and on the staff during the day or the night attendant during the night to unlock the door. What if a fire blocks use of the only stairs? What if no one is available to unlock the door? because he or she is not awake or is incapacitated by whatever caused the fire? I imagine that this is a problem with all such pousadas. I would have preferred to have known the statistics on this hazard for Salvador's pousadas before making the reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Vila Bela is a charming bed and breakfast guesthouse, settled in a fully restored XIX century house in the Pelourinho, historical area of Salvador classified by Unesco World Cultural Heritage in 1985. Ideally located in Santo Antonio district, Casa Vila Bela guesthouse enjoys one of the most fantastic seaview scenery over "all the saints bay". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Casa Vila Bela Salvador, Bahia, Brazil