Salvador da Bahia has an energy and unadorned beauty that few cities can match. Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel. Its brilliantly hued center is a living museum. Aside from the many attractions within Salvador, a gorgeous coastline lies right outside the city – a suitable introduction to the tropical splendor of Bahia. Having said that, a great accommodation will go perfect with this amazing destination! Here’s a list of some hotels we personally like in Salvador and surroudings!
Zank is a boutique hotel located in the bohemian Rio Vermelho neighbourhood. With panoramic ocean views and modern Brazilian decoration, this place is a winner. The minimalist-by-the-sea look is a formula for a good reason, after all, and is well-exemplified in the hotel’s twenty ‘apartments’, split between the original historic building and an adjoining structure. At this hotel, an infinity plunge pool graces the rooftop, and the petite Drika Saad Spa caters to guests in search of further relaxation. On the terrace, there’s a cozy bistro, where you can try some of the delicious local food – heavy on seafood, rice and coconut.
Things we love about Zank: the decoration done by Brazilian artists and inspired by the northeast region, the rooftop facing the ocean, and its location in the heat of Rio Vermelho.
Zank Hotel, Rua Almirante Barroso 161 – Rio Vermelho / Rates starting at US$149
Located in the historic center of Salvador, near the Pelourinho, the Pestana Convento do Carmo is a Portuguese owned 5 star hotel that combines tradition, luxury and modernity in a sixteenth century building, featuring spacious, high ceilings. In addition to its architecture and décor, the hotel offers many options for leisure and relaxation, including a sauna, spa, gym and pool. You can visit the Conventual Restaurant in the morning to enjoy breakfast served on site, as well as experience the Portuguese cuisine at lunch and dinner. For a short break and light meal, you can also enjoy the Bar of All Saints.
Things we love about Pestana: The historical building, and historical location, and the circuluar pool outside.
Pestana Convento do Carmo, Rua do Carmo, 1 – Pelourinho / Rates starting at US$198
At only a short distance from some of Brazil’s most impressive beaches and exciting hotspots, and at the heart of Unescos’s world heritage site Pelourinho, this welcoming hotel is a great option for those who want to explore Salvador with comfort and style. The place is entirely authentic with a touch contemporary cool to the building’s original style. Enjoy breakfast at the terrace, book a massage and just relax at this truly wonderful place!
Things we love about Aram Yami: Rooftop terrace with an amazing sunset over the ocean and personalized friendly service. They give you local mobile phones at this hotel, so that you can call the staff if you need help with directions or translations!
Aram Yami, Rua Direita de Santo Antonio,132 – Santo Antonio Alem Do Carmo/ Rates starting at US$206
Located in the historic Pelourinho district, housed in 2 connected colonial mansions, the Villa Bahia is complete with courtyard gardens, Bahian-inspired design, a rooftop terrace overlooking the historical centre, an outdoor plunge pool, and it’s a pet friendly acommodation. Breakfast is served in the restaurant, or in the courtyard, if you prefer to breathe the tropical morning air. Each room, through its decoration, reflects a particular period in Bahia’s history: Africa, Asia, Europe, the styles blending together to create a local soul. Luminous and serenely romantic: high ceilings, four-poster beds, wooden floorboards, and the occasional tangy colour.
Things we love about Villa Bahia: Apart from all we’ve mentioned, Villa Bahia makes a big effort in being a sustainable property!
La Villa Bahia, Largo do Cruzeiro de Sao Francisco, n 16/18 – Pelourinho / Rates starting at US$200
Located in Praia do Forte, a small village only 50km away from Salvador, you’ll find this exquisite, peaceful hotel. Rustic furniture, big suites with balconies and hammocks, a big outside pool, outdoor restaurant and spa makes this place the perfect spot for relaxation. And not far away, in the Vila dos Pescadores (village of the fishermen) you have culture, commerce, history and entertainment.
Things we love about Refúgio da Vila: The large pool and gardens are so serene, and the balconies with hammocks – you may just fall asleep in one of them.
Refúgio da Vila, Loteamento Aldeia dos Pescadores – Praia dos Fortes / Rastes starts at US$260