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A Casa das Portas Velhas
Ranked #15 of 111 Hotels in Salvador
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Comfortable hotel, in a not so good location”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

I was disappointed when pulling up to the hotel, not for the appearance, but because of the area. The property next to the hotel looks derelict and because it was like 1am, there were drug addicts across the road. My friends and I we're greeted by a very confident security man and escorted in to the hotel.

The clean room had a working air conditioning and a working fan....with loads of cupboard space. Nice size clean bathroom.

Breakfast was great, colourful, healthy and vibrant. The cooks we're so bubbly and made us feel so welcomed.

The receptionist and managed we're great and helpful.

The outside environment looked ever so cheerful with the sun out....the holiday began.

Just around the corner was a police station and army base, so we felt a little protected!
Security only work at night.

Room Tip: Best to get a room facing to the front, the back has no view
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

Good points:
Comfortable rooms
Delicious breakfast
Excellent service with friendly staff who take their time to help you.
Wifi and internet room
One return taxi ride offered to Pelourinho per day
Good rate offered on hotels.com
Bad points:
In a really dodgy area full of thieves and vagrants. Do not try to walk there, get a taxi.
Last free taxi ride home is at 8pm so too early to eat dinner first.
Conclusion:
Shame about the area as the hotel is lovely.
Pelourinho is interesting but not all that big. It'll take you an afternoon to visit unless you are a real church enthusiast.
Would recommend you stay by the beach areas of Salvador and come into the centre for a day to visit.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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austin, texas
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2010

Much of what others said is true...cute little hotel, quaint, nice service, but after seeing a bit of Salvador, I thought it would be better to stay in a neighborhood with access to buses. Breakfast was delicious, but there was no hot option (usually Brazilian bfasts include eggs, too) and it go kind of monotonous after a few days. Return taxi is impossible to organize if you don't have a cell phone, so we usually only used the voucher one way. The voucher only goes to Pelourinho, so that's kind of weird, too...you can only spend so much time in that area! The room is very cute, a/c worked great, but yes, the carpet was a bit stained.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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392 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2010

The hotel itself is great, with quaint old furniture and the concept of the old doors from various parts is very interesting. Service is good and they offer a drop and pick up service to and from Pelourinho. The only problem is the location, you absolutely need to call a cab to pick you up and need to get dropped to the hotel door.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Casa das Portas Velhas is a true little jewel once you cross the entrance. Warm and dedicated reception, the lobby and the tiny bar make you feel at home and quickly forget about the gadgets of a huge world-chain hotel. Interior decorations have a consistent thread with old wooden doors and keys, that explain the portuguese name of the hotel. Rooms (only 15) are equally warm and comfortable, bathrooms not big but well designed.
Outside Casa...not a great view, be prepared when you arrive there. Run-down buildings all around the square siding and facing the Casa; walking around not pleasant or recommendable, to the extent that the hotel offers a free-taxi ride to the nearby Pelourinho area. Don't misunderstand... the hotel is very close (5 min.by taxi) to center of Salvador, much closer than many other alternatives. Salvador is a big city. Yet, if one likes to see and breath the true daily life of this peculiar brazilian city where people live around the line of poverty and buy food or play football in the streets, overall a Casa das portas velhas can give you a much better flavor of Salvador than other cleaner locations like Barra.
Inside the hotel is almost perfect for lovers of boutique hotels. Breakfast of good quality and choice (lots of fruits) is served in a small patio at a Bahian's pace... In the same place at lunch and dinner an italian chef from Sorrento (Vincenzo) can surprise you with his cooking art in a very relaxed setting so to stop you from dining outside.
The ladies at the reception were always friendly and full of good suggestions.
If you want to visit Salvador with a brilliant and unconventional guide, mention Luis at the reception and you will not regret the decision.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Montreal
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2010

-At first, a bit worried since other travellers wrote it is in a bad neighbourhood, but based on my stay I would go back.
-Front desk extremely helpful and friendly. They took time to give directions and advice on sites and restaurants. Excellent English - a lot of staff travelled abroad (i.e. Europe, USA)
- We were greeted with a welcome drink - coconut water ... a nice refresher after a long flight.
-Boutique hotel with great decorating. The old doors of the original building add history and meaning to the decor.
- Lovely room .. provided bath robe and slippers. The room smelled like rose petals.
- Originally, there was a problem with the safe in our room. We were moved to another room in no time and the staff helped us transfer clothes and other luggage.
- The breakfast area was a beautiful garden setting. The food was excellent - eggs, plantain, lots of fruit.
- There was a hot pool beyond the breakfast area, but we didn't use it.
- Internet was free - added bonus.
- The gift shop had a lot of unique one of a kind crafts
- The only issue is the bad neighbourhood. Even though, the hotel is across the street from a church and police station ... its not recommended to wander too far. There are two very good local sea food places just across the street and the taxis cost literally nothing.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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1 Thank MTLtravelfun
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london
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2010

The hotel is charmingly decorated, the restaurant serves fresh pasta and although the location is not great it is not as bad as one would think. The area is not considered the safest however the hotel offers free shuttle service to the historic center only 10 minutes away. The rooms are spacious, internet is fast and free, can be used on your lap top in all areas of the hotel. There is great attention to detail in the decoration, the hotel has its own museum and it is in itself a historic building. I found it extremely charming but what really makes a difference here is the 5 stars service in a small boutique hotel. A sure place to get your value for money. I really did not find the security a problem at all, if anything the place is simply a real hidden gem. It is not a place to walk out and explore, while at the hotel it is advisable to take cabs are the free shuttle to go out. This is the only thing Id say "negatively" about this hotel but given that Salvador is all like this, the A Casa Das Portas Velhas is no exception but it is exceptional. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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Property: A Casa das Portas Velhas
Address: Largo da Palma 6, Salvador, State of Bahia 40040-170, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Salvador
#13 Romantic Hotel in Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — A Casa das Portas Velhas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel offers 15 accommodations harmonized with elegant furnishings composed of relics and antiques from around the world. Decorated in colonial style, the rooms offer unique services and features air conditioning, ceiling fan, pillows and carpets allergy, WiFi free, Smart TV 32-inch with channels open, for signature and Netflix and digital safe. ... more   less 
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