We really enjoyed our 3 day stay at Villa Bahia and would definitely go back if we ever return to Salvador. We were choosing between this hotel and Casa da Amarelindo and we did pop into the Casa da Amarelindo for a drink and were unimpressed and happy we chose Villa Bahia.
The location of Villa Bahia is just perfect in a gorgeous cobbled square with an amazing view of the San Francisco church (especially beautiful when lit up at night). The Pelourinho is lovely, we did feel a little uneasy when we first arrived though. We flew into Salvador Airport late at night and the taxi driver drove us to the Pelo through the favela areas pointing out to us how dangerous it was...great! Then pulled up in a deserted square (it was a wednesday night) and told us he could go no further and we would have to walk. This was 11pm and we were uneasy despite the obvious police presence in the area. Anyhow my husband walked off with an over-enthusiastic local child looking for a tip to try and find the hotel. It wasn't far away and the hotel staff came back with my husband to help us with the baggage which was a nice touch.
The building itself is just gorgeous, an old traditional style mansion with wooden stair cases, heavy wooden doors and shuttered windows. The room are decorated in a traditional style inspired by regions of Africa but there is also the influence of the Europeans. You feel like you have stepped back in time, it's just lovely.
The only complaint we had was that our room Guinea was a bit noisy in the mornings when the breakfast was being prepared.
We took a walking tour of the city on our first morning (which the hotel organised) and this was a great introduction to the area and made us feel much more comfortable walking around the Pelourihno and going into all the little shops.
They say that the Pelo is the nightlife capital but we didn't find too much action while we were there (wed, thur, fri nights). There was some music in some of the squares and we had a great time, but you did have to look for it (we found this be generally true in Brazil as a whole).
Don't hesitate to stay at Villa Bahia - it's great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Villa Bahia is set in the historical centre of the city of Salvador, only steps away from the city’s main attractions. Fully renovated, this hotel boasts unparalleled Brazilian charm, and reflects the most important moments of Portuguese explorers and Brazilian history in general. This establishment invites you to come experience the magic of Brazil in comfort and first-class accommodations. The rooms, each named after a specific Portuguese explorer, these spacious suites are dressed in an opulent décor which reflects the majesty of the culturally rich and historical country of Brazil. Opulent furnishings come together with spacious proportions and modern commodities to create the ideal place for rest and relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Bahia Hotel Salvador
- Bahia Hotel Salvador
- Villa Bahia Salvador, Brazil