Hotel Pousada Casa Vila Bela Hotel 0 star
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Rua do Carmo, 64, Santo Antonio, CEP : 40030-130 - Salvador-Bahia-Brésil Salvador de Bahia, Brazil -
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The Casa Vila Bela is a charming 19th century pousada no distance at all from the funicular down to Salvador harbour. It is in an ideal location in the peaceful neighbourhood of Santo Antonio, 5 minutes from Pelourinho, the Unesco-listed historical centre. The French owner and his wife, Stéphane and Gerusa, do all they can to make you feel at home, and are always ready with advice on how to make the most of your stay in Salvador de Bahia.

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

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      Pousada Casa Vila Bela   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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      Pousada Casa Vila Bela   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.69 /10

    This establishment is housed in a superb colonial building that is found in the city centre at 64 Rua do Carmo, which is in the peaceful district of Santo Antonio, a stone's throw from the Unesco-listed historical centre, Pelourinho. The airport is 17 mi away and the journey takes 40 minutes by taxi.

    The district of Santo Antonio is a real haven of peace and quiet in the historical centre. Therefore, you can easily get to the thick of the action at the frequent street parties organised in Pelourinho, which is less than 5 minutes walk away, but also escape it all when you return to the tranquillity of the pousada's neighbourhood to recharge your batteries.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    All different, the 8 guest rooms at the Pousada Casa Vila Bela each have their own unique charm: One features blue azulejos tiles, another has an original high quality wood parquet floor, one has tiles underfoot, and one of the smaller ones has a light shaft. They are all superbly decorated with original brick walls (1930), a pretty painting of Salvador, wood furniture, a few flowers, and fine attention to detail. The facilities include a safe with a key (free) and a mini bar fridge. There is no television but you hardly visit Salvador to stare at the box all day! Although there is no air conditioning in the rooms, they are equipped with a fan. They also lack a telephone line and have no Internet access, but there is a computer in the lobby with free Internet access and Wifi is also available here if you bring your laptop. All the rooms boast a terrace with a hammock, a table and two wooden chairs, and if you are lucky you might get a fine view of Bahia de Todos os Santos. The bathrooms are spacious and nicely decorated, and contain a large shower with a fixed head and trompe l'oeil design (the pebbles on the floor are painted on!), a toilet, and a bar of soap.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Pousada Casa Vila Bela is in a blue house on the hillside of Salvador. A charming 19th century building that has been lovingly restored, its 2 storeys (but 6 levels!) house a grand total of 8 rooms, so it goes without saying that you will get a personalised welcome! As there is not really a reception, you enter through the living room, which enhances the feeling that you are staying with friends. Breakfast is taken on a panoramic terrace that has views over the superb Bahia de Todos os Santos bay and the Lacerda elevator to the left.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Breakfast is served as a buffet from 7:30am to 12:00pm in the pleasant and nicely decorated setting provided by the panoramic terrace overlooking Bahia de Todos os Santos bay! It consists of freshly prepared fruit juice (kiwi, guava, mango, passion fruit, and watermelon), delicious fresh mango, pineapple, and papaya, homemade yoghurt, homemade cakes, and pancakes. There is also a bar serving excellent caipirinhas. However, you are left to your own devices when it comes to lunch and dinner, as there is no restaurant, but that should not be a problem in this neighbourhood!

    To know

    The French owner and his wife, Stéphane and Gerusa, opened this charming pousada in 2007 in the higher part of town, a few minutes walk from Pelourinho, the historical centre. It is perfect for visiting the numerous baroque churches, which are Salvador's pride and joy, as well as walking in the streets lined with colourful houses and buying unusual souvenirs in the small craft shops (embroideries, basketworks, sculptures). To reach the lower town, there is a funicular just by the pousada, unless you would prefer to take the famous 70m high Lacerda elevator that drops you off a few steps from the marina and Mercado Modelo (the best known traditional market of Salvador). Stéphane and Geruda are sure to give you some tips! The beaches, however, are a 10 minute drive away, bordering the southeastern part of the town starting from Farol da Barra. A computer is available free of charge for surfing the Internet, and if you have brought a laptop there is free Wifi access in the lobby. As the pousada building is 2 storeys high and has no lifts, it is not a place to be recommended for older travellers or people with reduced mobility.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage

    advantage

    • The proximity of the historic centre
    • The personalised welcome and friendly atmosphere
    • The stylish decor and charming guest rooms
    • The delicious breakfast on the panoramic terrace

    disadvantages

    • The limited facilities
    • There are no lifts in the 2 storey building
    • The beaches are far away
    • There is no air conditioning in the rooms

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