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Hotel Casa do Amarelindo
Ranked #1 of 110 Hotels in Salvador
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2014

This is a fabulous small hotel. I've stayed here several times and always come back here when I'm in Bahia. Staying at Amarelindo plays a big part in making my visits to Salvador memorable. Rooms are excellent, service superb, food superior. The owners are in residence and monitor every detail. The hotel's French-inflected variation on the Brazilian breakfast makes it probably the best breakfast you'll have in Brazil. (Breakfast is served rather than the typical buffet style.) The location is one street off the Terreiro de Jesus, the main square in Pelourinho; the location is not a problem. Unless you prefer to have constant access to the beach, Pelourinho is a good place to stay. Once you've exhausted the museums and churches, there's always lively street life to savor. Internet can be erratic, a frequent problem in Salvador. Fitness facility is minimal (it's a small hotel). Very pleasant rooftop terrace with bay views. Visiting Salvador (and many places in Brazil), you have to be conscious of security, but there are many rewards in this enticing country if you go with the flow.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms have bay views and are worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

We are obviously going to be in a minority here, as this hotel gets many positive reviews. But our experience was not as positive, largely because of the location (more on that below).

The building is nicely restored, and the superior rooms are an adequate size. Our rooms, with a view of the harbor, were shielded from the noisy street. But the bath towels and sheets were mediocre for a hotel with these prices. (Frankly, this is a recurring problem in Brazil.)

The pool is very small, more like a bath tub. There is a restaurant on site but like most of the Pelourinho restaurants, it is overpriced with lackluster food. Still, the owners have worked hard to make the dining area seem like an oasis from the city, with large plants and open-air areas, despite the limited space in such a historic building. (Warning: the standard breakfast is huge. Our 21-year-old son was thrilled but the rest of us learned to simply ask for fruit and rolls, or to share a breakfast.)

The wi-fi in the rooms is unacceptable for a hotel with these rates. In fact, it was the worst wi-fi system we encountered over three weeks in Brazil. When it worked, it was slow, but often it didn't work; it simply died for ten to 15 minutes at a time. Obviously, as tourists, we didn't spend much time in our rooms and so bad wi-fi was not that important. But if good wi-fi is crucial for you to stay connected, this is not going to be the best choice.

The hotel has an all-male staff, which some might find disconcerting. It didn't bother us except (at the risk of stereotyping) we found that the housekeeping was not particularly attentive to detail (ie, missing towels, etc.). The guys at front desk were warm but there was bit of coldness among the food-serving staff, perhaps in part because of language difficulties.

However, when we discovered our daughter had left behind a prized football jersey, the owner immediately mailed it back to the United States without charge.

The hotel arranged a very nice tour of Cachoeira and the annual Boa Morte festival, which is a full-day trip and well-worth doing The tour company they use is really quite excellent.

Our main problem with Casa do Amarelindo was the location. The hotel is on a noisy street filled with tacky tourist shops in the the old city of Salvador, the Pelourinho. One would think that would be centrally located, but given the security concerns, the old city has turned into overtouristed, ersatz version of an old city. In fact, as a journalist who visited Baghdad's "Green Zone," the Pelourinho felt very much like that--an artificial oasis surrounded by danger.

Given that you can see just about everything in the Pelourinho in an afternoon, along with attending an evening performance of the folklore dancing, there is little reason to stay in the old city; rather, find a resort on the coast and then just take a taxi in to see the sights. That's not the hotel's fault, but in retrospect, the old city is less charming than the tour books indicate.

Room Tip: Make sure you stay on ocean side, not the street side.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Amarelindo, Proprietário at Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2014

Dear Glenn,

Thank you for sharing your opinion about your last stay with us on Tripadvisor.
In first place we´re glad that your daughter felt very happy to recover her lost jersey, and we already transmit your very good feedback to the guide we selected for your Cachoeira Tour during “Boa Morte” festivities.
But as you may imagine, the rest of your review let us a bit sad after all.

We understand that you didn’t find what you expected in Pelourinho, and may be a resort on a beach should have been a better option for your Family´s holydays. Pelourinho is everything but a kind a “Disneyland” for tourist; it is a real district with real people living, schools, popular shops etc… but it is also one of the richest place in Brazil thanks to its Afro-Brazilian soul and culture, with unique attractive you only find here altogether: history, architecture, religion (candomblé), sport (capoeira), music (axé, samba reggae and many others..) and gastronomy. This is the reason why it is also one of the most visited place in Brazil… this may explain why you have seen tourists… We feel sad that you missed all that as, for sure, much more time than just an afternoon is needed to just overlook a small part of all this culture.

We must also disagree regarding what you called “all male staff” (which is not true as two cooks and one housekeeper are young ladies), letting suggest a certain discrimination in particular when connecting this observation with some cleanness issue (we have to point out that you´re the first in all the reviews we received since opening more than 7 years ago relating such trouble). It´s true the hotel is run by a married gay couple and even today some people feel uncomfortable with that. But no stereotype: the only reason for having few female staff is because of transportation difficulties at night for our employees going back home in the distant suburbs they live in, not so safe for young women; easy to understand why.

Not true also our restaurant practices high prices regarding other places in Pelourinho, or in Salvador overall; on the contrary, for similar quality and agreeability standards, we´re quite cheaper than most other restaurants, with tasty and innovative cooking, full of Bahia, Asian and French influence.

But more than everything, what make us sad, is the lack of communication during your stay. Yes, we know that our WiFi may not be the best in town but we are working to improve it and would you mention that during your stay we could had a chance to explain this is due to some technical limitations (historic building with thick brick walls and concrete reinforcement, limited internet speed available in Pelourinho).
You had a problem with your towels and sheets; this is not normal as everything has been changed to new in April this year. We could have fixed it easily.
Yes our pool is small, but we never sold it as being Olympic size ! Please remember that you are staying in the middle of the historical district protected by Unesco; it was a victory to be allowed to make this small pool and anyway, there is just not enough space to build a large pool ! Anyhow, most of our guest will just use it to refresh after a full day of visits, enjoying the sunset over the bay with a caipirinha in hand…
We would have had appreciated to discuss personally your reasons of not being fully satisfied during your stay, to possibly explain and fix what didn´t met your expectations, rather than discovering that once you left and being judged maybe not the fairest way…in particular when the bad rating is mostly given to the district and not to the hotel itself.

Best regards from Pelourinho.

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

So hard to put into words the perfection of this beautiful boutique hotel. From the decoration, furniture, facilities, location, to the absolutely amazing breakfast we cannot fault this place. Well situated in the heart of the old part of Salvador, we loved exploring the town with our wonderful guide Carlos! All staff at the hotel were so friendly, and could teach others in the hospitality industry some very valuable lessons about customer service. We really wish we could have stayed longer here. Superb value for money, a little taste of luxury which we hope to repeat someday. The owners of this hotel have got it right, in every possible way. And, yes, the bar serves the most sensational cocktails I have ever tasted!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Our 4 day stay got off to a great start, with the hotel organising airport transfers. The hotel and rooms are well appointed and very comfortable. The location couldn't be better either, with something going on in the locale each night. And the hotel makes it all easier by listing interesting events daily. Above all, the real stars are the staff who are very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

My partner Sean and I loved staying at Casa do Amarelindo during the World Cup. We stayed for three weeks, the duration of the World Cup games in Salvador. I was nervous booking an unknown hotel for a three week stay, because I wanted it to be fantastic. I was not not disappointed. For me, this was the perfect place to stay. The two owners are wonderful men and we very much enjoyed their company. They were thoughtful and helpful beyond what was necessary. Their staff were also wonderful and helpful. On one occasion, Sean was unwell, and the owner accompanied him to a nearby doctor early on a public holiday morning.

We loved this part of Salvador. You walk out the doors of the hotel and there are so many places to go and things to do. We were fortunate to be there for the Festival of São João, which added to the amazing atmosphere of the World Cup. The live music in this local area is amazing. We loved Quincas Berro d'Água square close to the hotel. It always had great music and a great atmosphere.

You may read about some safety concerns in other reviews, and to be honest, I was a little concerned before we arrived. From our experience, the crime in the old town of Pelourinho was not violent. Usually it's kids who pickpocket. The best thing to do is leave with nothing but what you need and then you don't have to worry. We were so glad we stayed in this part of Salvador at such a festive time (and of course, the stadium was only 15 minutes walk from the hotel).

Our room was perfect (room 3) and we had a view over the bay, rather than the street. This meant that our room was relatively quiet during the noisy festivities outside on the streets. It did have the hugest bed we have ever seen. And I was surprised by how clean the room was. The owners have a great attention to detail and I felt that the housekeeping staff did a most thorough job every day.

The breakfast was extremely generous and fresh, with nice little Brazilian and French touches. And we regularly ate in the hotel restaurant as it was one of the better ones in the local area. Their moqueca is great (the local traditional coconut seafood stew). All the other dishes that we tasted there were also great.

Cashew caipirinhas are worth a try there too. It's one of their specialties. Sean loved them! If, like us, you don't like the amount of sugar that is usually heaped in the Brazilian national drink, then ask for honey instead.

Unfortunately, the internet is not great so if this is essential for you, then this may be a problem for you. The wall are thick because it is a beautiful old building. So the connection is not reliable anywhere in the building from our experience.

I see there are many other five star reviews of this hotel from the World Cup, and I feel that they are well deserved.

We have already vowed to go back to Salvador, during one of the many festivals that are held there. I am already looking forward to the next time we stay at Casa do Amarelindo. Obrigada, Didier and Gilles!

Room Tip: We loved room 3. It had a massive bed and was very private. The view was out to the harbor and it wa...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Traveling in Brazil for a month during the FIFA world cup can get pricey, but we decided to splurge and spend a night here, and we were so happy we did.

This is a beautiful boutique hotel in Pelourinho. After staying in many pousadas, it was a delight to arrive at Hotel Casa do Amarelindo. The co-owner personally greeted us and his staff were friendly. The room was very clean and we loved how comfortable the bed was. The decor in the hotel was very thoughtful. The rooftop swimming pool was beautiful and it was a treat for us to watch the sunset there.

The hotel is located in the central of Pelourinho and you are steps away from many shops and restaurants.

We would recommend this hotel to anyone. Sure, it is a bit pricey, but definitely well-worth the price. The bartender makes the best caipirinha we have tried in Brazil - make sure you have one before you go exploring the area.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

It is a small hotel with a very nice atmosphere. The staff is friendly and qualified. The rooms are good, with enormous beds. We had diner there which was good. Breakfast is good but you eat what they put on your table. You can have a drink in the small lounge, which has a view of the busy street in the old town, or on the terrace. It's all nicely decorated and well maintained. 

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: Rua das Portas do Carmo 06 | Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia 40026-290, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Salvador
#2 Romantic Hotel in Salvador
#3 Family Hotel in Salvador
#11 Business Hotel in Salvador
Price Range: £86 - £285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Casa do Amarelindo 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel de charme in a fully restored XIXth colonial house in the very heart of Pelourinho, facing All Saints' Bay. Sunny swimming pool and panoramic roof-terrace. 10 High standard rooms with luxury bedding, 1 gastronomic restaurant, 2 bars, 1 solarium, 1 fitness. All rooms with full sound insulation, air conditioning, ceiling fan, free broad-band internet access, free electronic safe, 42''LED TV, DVD, frigo-bar. Most rooms with private terrace or balcony with bay or city view. Free WiFi at restaurant, lobby and garden-bar. ... more   less 
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