I travelled to the Bahia Cafe Hotel on the 10th and 11th of April and was part of a group of 6 people.
Service: From the first moment to the last we received excellent service, the owner of 12 years, a Belgium guy, seemed to be always there, form checking us in to serving a special early morning breakfast when we left out of hours. The breakfast was one of the best in Bahia that we had seen and provided a massive choice of savoury and sweet items you would experience in Brazil, make sure you try the cake!
Value: This hotel offers great value for money, we booked via booking.com but no reason why you can go direct, is centrally located and no more than a 10 minute walk to the historic centre. In comparison to the popular choices you will find deeper into the centre of Pelourinho, this place was cheaper and think better value for money.
Sleep: The beds were massive and comfortable! As you are in the centre you will expect to have a little noise but as we stayed outside of the main party season we did not experience too much in the way of music keeping us up, nothing one or two of the bargain caiprinhas cant sort anyway!
Cleanliness: The room was very clean and were cleaned daily, absolutely nothing to complain about.
Location: With historic centre just down the road you will have no complaints about the location. If you are arriving from the boat, make sure you don’t take a taxi, the hotel is 2 minutes walk from the top of the lift, just email the owner for directions.
General – Free WIFI
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel and it’s one of the best places we stayed in Bahia.
If you can get to the capoeira school in the centre it’s well worth a visit, they start at 7pm and go for 1 hour, you even get to do some dancing yourself! It’s the place for Mestre Bimba one of the original teachers of this art. Ask at the hotel for directions, it’s not far. $R15 or 20.
A Word of warning: more of a general update on Salvador rather than Bahia Cafe itself
7am – 11pm: Military and local police are place at the main walkways and intersections on the historic centre. However, we were constantly warned by the taxi drivers that we must not go down quiet lanes of the beaten path as they are not protected by the police. Therefore you do so at your own risk. Stay in the tourists routes and it is very much like every other city just be vigilant, down flash the bling!
After 11pm and before 7am: During this Salvador can be a very dangerous place to walk around. As with 3rd world countries, the divide between rich and poor can be very large and some fall trap into the drugs. Some of those people tend to roam the streets late at night and early morning so ensure that taxi drivers drop you off straight outside the hotel. Again this is a warning to be vigilant of your surrounding and only walk down known streets etc.
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- Also Known As:
- Bahiacafe Hotel Salvador, Bahia, Brazil