We came across this place while wandering Santo Antonio, after we had booked a hostel for three nights (to save money) and found it was not what we expected. Seeing the Trip Advisor sticker in their window, we rang the bell to inquire about rooms. The young woman working the reception did not speak English but we did manage to understand they had rooms available. She showed us the rooms and after the hostel debacle, we were thrilled with this discovery after several unsuccessful hotel inquiries in the Pelourinho (either booked or too expensive). Casa Vila Bela seemed right for the price plus it has colonial character and is in a quieter part of the city. We chose the charming Amazonia room, painted bright green with large paintings of indigenous faces on the walls. We loved the antique furnishings and spacious bathroom with double sinks and huge tub, which we used every day. The only downside was the room faced the street, so we had some party noise at night, but nothing earplugs didn’t block out. The breakfasts were delicious and varied each day with a spread of fruit, cheese, pastries and eggs upon request. Breakfast hours were leisurely (served till noon) and we enjoyed sitting on the terrace with a view of the sea. Service was much better when the owner Gerusa – was present, as she was the only one who spoke English (besides her French husband Stephane who wasn’t there as often). She was very helpful and gave us tips that could only come from a local, like taking a tour to Praia do Forte and ditching the tour once we got there because it’s cheaper than taking a bus. She also made arrangements for us to attend a Condomble ceremony with our own private driver, which allowed us the freedom to stay at the ceremony for as long as we liked. The only other negative is although the street is picturesque, a few hundred meters away it is unsafe to explore (Fortunately Gerusa informed us about this so we didn’t discover it by accident!) They have good security with a heavily barred door and someone on guard to let us in at night. Salvador is a crime-ridden city, especially the Pelourinho so if you’re going to stay there the most you can ask for are secure accommodations and hosts who tell you where you shouldn’t go. We loved our stay at Vila Bela… it added so much to our comfort and enjoyment of Salvador.
- 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