Hotel Vila Gale Salvador Hotel 4 star
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Rua Morro Escravo Miguel 320 Salvador de Bahia, Brazil -
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In the district of Ondina, between the city centre and airport, the Vila Gale Salvador is a comfortable, modern establishment that is geared towards business travellers. It has a large swimming pool overlooking the sea, a hammam, a gym with sea views, a snack bar, a buffet restaurant, and a cigar cellar.

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

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    Location 6.33 /10

    The hotel is in the district of Ondina at the southern end of Salvador da Bahia, close to the city's historical centre and 21 mi from the international airport (allow an hour by car for the transfer).

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    A modern lift takes you to the hotel's 224 guest rooms. They are not very welcoming and are rather sparsely decorated, despite the local painting adorning one of the white walls. With floorboards underfoot, they are equipped with an ADSL Internet connection (charged), a telephone, satellite television (lots of channels), a digital code safe (free), individual air conditioning, and a fully stocked minibar. The furniture includes a big full-length mirror for you to admire your reflection, a desk, and 2 armchairs, one of which has a pouffe for you to put up your feet! There is no balcony or terrace, but there is a picture window. Request a room on one of the upper floors for the view of the bay and the extra daylight. The granite-clad bathroom has a large shower with a fixed head that is closed off by a sliding glass door. There is also a toilet, a telephone, tissues, a magnifying mirror, a hair dryer, and hospitality products. Room service is available 24 hours a day. If you feel like a real pampering, book yourself into one of the 16 suites with a double wash basin, bathrobes, a whirlpool bath, and free access to the DVD menu.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Vila Gale Salvador is a member of the Portuguese hotel group Vila Gale and was opened in 2003. It was most recently renovated in 2008. The 8 storey building holds 244 guest rooms and has no special charm, but it is served by a modern lift broadcasting the latest news and weather reports. The hotel also has a large rectangular swimming pool nearly 1m40 deep looking over the sea and the rocks. Surrounding it is a solarium terrace furnished with (not enough) cushioned white plastic deckchairs under the shade of white fabric parasols. The swimming pool is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm and towels can be obtained from reception in return for a deposit. There is also a small whirlpool bath. The bar is open from 10.00am until 6:00pm. Finally, there is a spacious air conditioned gym with views over the sea, as well as a hammam with a massage room just next door.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The restaurant serves local and international dishes for the 3 meals of the day. Breakfast is served as a buffet from 6:00am to 10:00am, lunch is either à la carte or a buffet from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, and dinner is chosen à la carte from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Portuguese wine accompanies the meals. The impeccably presented and well spaced tables boast fine views through the bay windows out onto the ocean and beaches. There is seating for up to 120 diners. The lobby bar is open from 10:00am to 11:00pm and has a large flat screen television where sports events are shown, among other things.

    Beach 6.95 /10

    Praia d'Ondina beach offers a pleasant, peaceful, and isolated setting, but the nearby cliffs and rocks hidden under the water make it a dangerous place to swim. It is an unspoilt beach without any facilities. For a beach with more of the trappings of a seaside resort, head for the one at Barra.

    To know

    The Vila Gale Salvador is a good bet for holidaymakers longing to relax in a comfortable setting. There is no organised entertainment at the hotel, and the nearby beaches are not recommended for swimming, so you are best off with a car. The establishment fills with business guests from March to November, and is taken over by a more leisure-oriented crowd from December to February. A hammam, a whirlpool bath, and a gym are all free of charge to guests and open from 6:30am to 9:00pm. The latter facility is an air conditioned space with a wonderful panoramic view out over the sea through its big bay window. The hotel has 4 meeting rooms that can seat nearly 200 people. Two computers are also available to surf the Internet, but this service is charged. Cigar connoisseurs might like to sample the fine selection in the cellar.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, beach volley, water-polo, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The spa facilities (massage rooms, hammam, whirlpool bath, gym)

    disadvantages

    • The big, rather charmless building
    • The beach is not suitable for swimming

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