As the title suggests I stayed overnight at the Stella Maris, due to its proximity to the airport.
It seemed like a huge hotel and if I hadn't been escorted to the reception area I may well have gotten lost.
Check in was straight forward and as it was late there was no queue. The hotel gives you a none-removable wrist band for your stay, so I imagine it is popular as a tourist holiday with meals included?
Unfortunately the lift was out of order and the service lift had to be used during my brief stay. The room was spacious and comfortable and it was better than I was anticipating after reading some of the comments on here. Yes, it was a bit dated in parts, but all functioned and it was quiet (the room was not facing the sea).
A real positive was that you were give a password for the wifi and you could have as many as you needed for all your devices. In the room the wifi worked superbly. Quite possibly the best I've come across in all my trips to Brasil.
Breakfast was a huge buffet down near the pool. I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast and it set me up for the rest of the day. In particular the scrambled eggs were excellent.
Check out was even more straight forward than check in.
All in all I would stay again if passing through Salvador, but maybe for a bit longer so as to be able to enjoy the facilities next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gran Hotel Stella Maris Resort and Convention is the first 5 star hotel of the Sol Express Hoteis & Resort Chain. Located on the beachfront of Stella Maris, one of the best and most beautiful beaches of Salvador, is characterized as an urban resort. It is 29 km from downtown and the historic center (Pelourinho) and 7 km from Salvador International Airport.Our entertainment area has a semi-Olympic pool outdoor (for adults and children), availability for nautical sports in general, a sports court, a squash court, kids club, games room, services laundry, parking, taxi, convention center - composed of 20 rooms with capacity for 2,500 people simultaneously, one for 1,300 people, and business center with internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Stella Maris Resort Salvador, Bahia, Brazil