Hotel Convento do Carmo Hotel 5 star
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Rua do Carmo 1, Pelourinho Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Pestana Convento do Carmo is a superbly restored former Carmelite convent and the indisputable jewel in the Salvador da Bahia crown. It is a listed historic monument and part of the Pousada du Portugal and Leading Small Hotels of the World collections. This unique establishment combines charm, well-being, history and fine dining, and we certainly fell in love with it.

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

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      Convento do Carmo   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 9.81 /10

    This Unesco-listed hotel is housed in a restored former Carmelite convent at 1 Rua do Carmo, between the Santo Antonio district and the Pelourinho, the historic centre of Salvador de Bahia. The airport is 21 mi away, with a transfer time of 40 minutes by taxi.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The elegant and spacious rooms at the Convento do Carmo have a definite rustic charm about them, not least because they feature original floorboards, an original wood ceiling, wooden furniture, a rug and some lovely artwork, with a few flowers provided for decoration. The rooms also offer a high level of comfort and are furnished with a king size bed and round wooden table, whilst amenities include an LCD flat screen television broadcasting 37 channels, a free electronic safe, individual air conditioning, a mini bar refrigerator complete with complimentary bottle of water, a phone and free ADSL cable Internet access. Room service is also available 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, the rooms don't have a balcony or a terrace, but you'll still have a view of the pool. A green saloon-style door leads through to the pretty bathroom, which enjoys superb views across All Saints' Bay and includes a large tropical shower, a toilet, a phone, tissues, bathrobes, a magnifying mirror, Kur hospitality products, a hair dryer, and Havaïanas (flip-flops), which, incidentally, you can take with you at the end of your stay.

    Overview 9.70 /10

    This 18th Century former Carmelite convent and listed historic monument will immediately catch your eye thanks to its superb Colonial architecture, which is worth a visit in itself. However, those who are not staying here will have to make do with a quick glance at the splendid patio at the entrance, as the guards will prevent them from going any further. Those lucky enough to be staying here, however, can take their time admiring the floral archways and avenues around the patio, as if they were a Carmelite monk! There is no doubt this establishment is oozing with charm, but it might be worth pointing out that 'Convento do Carmo' means 'Convent of the Carmelites', not 'Convent of Charm'! A beautiful fountain reigns at the centre of the main patio, surrounded by a furnished lawn area, and the entire place abounds with original little areas where seminars and meetings can be held, such as the superb azulejo-tiled 'Chapel of Novices'. The Convento do Carmo also houses a church, a sacristy and three chapels, with various statues, pieces of armour, paintings, vases and other works of art displayed all around, including original cannonballs! You will find a reading area furnished with two sofas where you can stretch out and relax, as well as a library and two computers providing free Internet access. The L'Occitane spa, meanwhile, is open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and includes three massage rooms, a hammam, a whirlpool bath, a relaxation area and a small gym. The hotel itself opened in October 2005 and houses 79 guest rooms across two floors, served by lifts. The circular, 1,5m-deep swimming pool is set amid a tree-planted patio and is open from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Cushioned wooden deck chairs are provided for guests' comfort, but those who really like their luxury might prefer one of the wooden daybeds topped with a double mattress. Towels are provided and already laid out on the deck chairs and daybeds. Do be careful, though, as it's very easy to fall asleep here, lulled by the birdsong all around you!

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The 96-seater Conventual restaurant is ideally located close to the pool, with a 36-seater terrace area alongside the patio. This room is actually the former novices' dormitory and is tastefully decorated with a chandelier suspended from the ceiling, bare floorboards, etc. The multi award-winning restaurant serves a selection of Portuguese specialities. Breakfast is served from 6:00am to 10:30am (11:00am on weekends) and includes delicious homemade pastries, fresh-pressed fruit juices and even champagne for those who want a taste. Beyond this, lunch and dinner are served throughout the day from midday to midnight. The elegant Todos Santos is open from 11:00am to midnight and serves a large selection of cocktails as music plays in the background.

    To know

    A member of the Portuguese hotel group Pestana, the Convento do Carmo is ideally located for visiting the many Baroque churches that are the pride of Salvador, strolling the streets lined with colourful houses, and even buying unusual souvenirs (including embroidery, basketry and sculptures) in the many small craft shops. To reach the lower part of town you'll need to take the 70m-high lift which takes you right down close to the marina and the Mercado Modelo (Salvador's most famous traditional market). The beaches, however, are a 10 minute drive away, bordering the southeastern part of the town, starting from Farol da Barra. If you take your laptop with you, you will be able to connect to the Internet in your room using the ADSL cable provided or in the lobby bar using the Wifi. The Pestana Convento do Carmo is a listed historic monument and the only establishment in the Pousada do Portugal group outside of Portugal. It is also part of the Leading Small Hotels of the World collection.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The location, just a stone's throw from the Pelourinho
    • The charm of a historic convent
    • The spa
    • The pool
    • The gourmet restaurant

    disadvantages

    • The beaches are a good distance away

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      3 Opinions
      • Package deals in octobre 2013 Posted on 2014-01-24 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Belle hôtel situé dans un ancien couvent sur les hauteurs de la ville

      • Advantages

        Sur les hauteurs de la ville Hôtel atypique

      • Disavantages

        Bruit venant des habitations extérieures

      • Infrastructure
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      • Overall Score 8.20/10
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