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All reviews after dark boutique hotel minute walk walk around old town taxi location pelourinho brazil
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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
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank leonardfuture
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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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2  Thank Lkm79
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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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1  Thank Sara B
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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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Thank ShareKhan4
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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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1  Thank fabiobol
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