I found out about a week before my trip that I had booked the wrong hotel. In Salvador there is the Sol Bahia and then the Bahia Sol. The Bahia Sol is near the Barra neighborhood and is probably the place you are looking to stay. However, since my booking was nonrefundable I went ahead and stayed at the Sol Bahia. It is closer to the airport so the cab fairs will be less. They also allowed me to check in early which was wonderful as I needed some additional sleep before I went to the World Cup match that day. They have shuttle that leaves every couple of hours to take you to the Salvador shopping mall. Which is a very impressive place to spend some time and shop. From there we were able to catch the shuttle to the Fonte Nova stadium and watch the game. Their continental breakfast is pretty good and includes some local Brazilian foods.
However, that's all the good things I can say. If you are an English only speaker than I would advise against staying here because they have no one on their staff that even remotely understands English. I was in town for three days. After the futball match the next day I went down early to setup a tour of the historic district downtown. I had thought everything was arranged and that she told me to come back to the lobby at 3pm to go on the tour. I'm down in the lobby at 3 and at 3:15 - 3:20 I go up to the desk to ask where the tour was. They didn't understand me so I got a guy from Rio who was staying at the hotel to interpret and he said that the tour left at 1pm and that I was never signed up for it. Fortunately I was able on my own to arrange a tour the next day through a private company. But I was furious with the hotel that they didn't get me booked on it and the private tour cost me around 3 times as much as the bus tour would have. (It was worth it though)
Other things. They don't have a safety deposit box in the room. I went down to the front desk at least 4 times asking for a deposit box which the written rules of the hotel said they had. They were never able to provide me with one. So I was constantly worried that anything valuable I left in my room wasn't safe.
The beds are OK. I had a room with two full size beds. One had a ridge in the mattress so I slept on the other.
There is nothing around this hotel you can walk to. If you want to leave you need to get a taxi to go somewhere or hop on the shopping shuttle to go to the mall.
I watched the USA vs. Portugal game in their lobby. They have a bar there and was able to get a Cuba Libre at half time. I went over to the bar to get another drink immediately after the game was over and they had closed for the night. It was a Sunday however, but there were about 20 people in the lobby watching the game. I would have thought they'd stayed open a little later to accommodate guests since there is no where else they can go.
Finally, as I was traveling with a limited wardrobe I asked them to clean 5 pair of underwear, 4 pair of socks, 4 shirts, and some cargo shorts. When they brought the laundry back the bill was 253 Reais. Which translates to $113.00. Looking at my final bill when I left I'm not sure that was what I was finally charged but was very much sticker shock. I did have them expedited because I was only there for 3 days and it was the weekend. However I had the same laundry done in Fortaleza without expediting and it was only around $50.
Overall an OK place to stay. No frills. Secure. But don't expect it to be easy to get anywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sol Bahia Sleep is a practical and economical hotel and a great choice for both business and leisure travelers. Conventient located in Salvador, it has a prime position overlooking the Patamares Beach, one of the best in the region. In addition, it offers an execellent structure to host events with 09 conventional halls. The Sol Bahia Hotel is located just few kilometers from the main tourist and leisure activities of the city: Parque Metropolitano de Pituaçu, Lagoa do Abaeté and Farol de Itapuã, besides CAB - Administrative Center of the Bahia and Paralela Shopping Mall. ... more less
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