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Hotel Sobrado da Vila Praia do Forte Hotel 3 star
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Alameda Do Sol Lote 7 Praia Do Forte Mata De Sao Joao Bahia CEP 48280000 Praia Do Forte, Brazil -
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The Pousada Sobrado da Vila is a charming little hotel located at the heart of the village of Praia do Forte, to the north of Salvador de Bahia. It is ideal if you want to get a feel for the Brazilian way of life. Far removed from the big resorts that are starting to spring up in the region, this small and simple establishment is the perfect place to relax, with its pretty little swimming pool, small tropical garden and restaurant bar. It is well equipped to welcome children too.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 9.16 /10

    At the heart of Praia do Forte, a fishing village 50 mi north of Salvador de Bahia, very close to the big, lively main shopping street with bars, restaurants and shops. Salvador de Bahia airport is 31 mi away, around 45 minutes by taxi.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The rooms in the Pousada Sobrado da Vila are very charming, with an abundance of wooden features. Though not very spacious (110 sq ft), they are nicely decorated in a tropical style. With white tiled floors, pastel blue walls decorated with naive art designs, and wooden beams, they are furnished with a large bed with a colourful cover, satellite television (15 channels), an electronic safe (free), central air conditioning, a mini-bar/fridge (fee paying), telephone and free wifi internet access. The balcony is provided with a hammock and a fine wooden guardrail, and overlooks the street: make sure you lock the balcony door when you are leaving your room! The soundproofing is poor: you will hear a lot of noise from outside. The bathroom is tiny! It is clean and well decorated, with a weak tropical shower, toilet, soap, shampoo (but no shower gel) and a hair-dryer. There is no cup to hold your tooth brush, and the washbasin only has a single tap with cold water. On the other hand, it is very nicely decorated with blue mosaics and wooden panelling.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Built in 1989 and renovated in September 2006, the Pousada Sobrado da Vila is a two-storey building with 50 rooms reached by a panoramic lift. Wood features prominently, giving the building a nice natural touch. Far from the big security-obsessed resorts with their fences and guards, the pousada exudes tranquillity, and its garden leads quietly onto one of the village streets. Open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, the unheated outdoor swimming pool with hydro massage jets is surrounded by a wooden solarium terrace, with wooden deckchairs, cushions and sunshades. The tropical garden consists of a lawn and an adventure playground for children. The bar and the restaurant are next to the swimming pool. There is a big television screen to watch sporting events, for example. In the lobby, there is a cosy area for reading, playing games or watching television.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Next to the swimming pool is the hotel's restaurant, the Gourmet Villa, which is semi-open air. It serves delicious "a la carte" Bahian cuisine, including sea food, fish and seasonal tropical fruits. Breakfast is served from 8.00 am to 10.30 am, lunch from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, and dinner from 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm. The setting is tropical, with wooden tables and chairs and colourful paintings. The Villa bar serves various cocktails.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    To get to Praia do Forte beach, you have to go back up the main street and walk for another fifteen minutes. You will not be short of space on this massive (7.50 mi) unspoilt beach where sea turtles come to lay their eggs. Neither deckchairs nor sunshades spoil this superb beach, which looks like it has never been touched! The sea is quite rough and there are breakers: it is the Atlantic Ocean, after all! It is a surfer's paradise! International competitions are regularly held on this beach. Be careful of the waves and the current, as the sea is not supervised. At low tide, the sea leaves small natural swimming pools behind where you can swim safely.

    To know

    If you have children, a free baby-sitting service is offered. You can take breakfast in your room at no extra charge. A sauna, massage room and small fitness room are located in the basement: you just have to ask for the key at reception. Praia do Forte is home to the Tamar turtle protection project, as well as the fort which gives the village its name.

    Accommodation tip:

    For families with babies, specially designed and equipped baby villas are provided. Two rooms are available for guests with disabilities. The rooms on the first floor can easily be entered from the outside, so be sure to lock your balcony door.

    Equipment

    • Car park

      (free)

    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, (free), massage, (paying), keep fit, beauty salon, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      horse riding, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • You can take breakfast in your room at no extra charge.
    • There is a hammock on the balcony of each room.
    • The location at the heart of Praia do Forte village.
    • A small, charming pousada.

    disadvantages

    • The beach is far away.
    • Poor soundproofing in the rooms.

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