Upon arrival at the Vila Bela we were welcomed by the guard who only spoke Portugese. The owners left a little note to tell about wifi and some other things. Gerusa, one of the owners, is a great source of advice but when she was not there, there was no other staff that spoke English.
Vila Bela is well located in an area that feels very safe day and night and is a short walk from the Pelourinho (one street downhill, one street uphill). It is almost opposite the Pestana Convento do Carmo. This area is patrolled by a lot of policemen and well lit at night. You can tell that they do a tremendous effort to keep the area safe. We really loved the colourful buildings, the cobblestone streets and the energetic atmosphere. For us Salvador was one of Brazil's highlights and we have really enjoyed it.
We booked the Bahia de Todos os Santos suite. The room was very large and clean. The view is on a lively commercial port. The decoration in the room was a little bit of everything, from beautiful old walls to very modern tiles with photo's of white pebbles in the shower area: its mixed styles makes the room look a little bit cluttered.
The breakfast was rather limited and lacked some refinement. With owners that lived in France, you would expect more.
Our transfer to the airport we arranged for BRL 108 through Casa Vila Bela which was even more expensive than coming from the airport. When the driver didn't show up, Gerusa took us to the airport. Another option may be the taxis in front of the Pestana Convento do Carmo. When we asked one of the drivers, we were offered a rate of BRL 80 but because we had a very early morning flight we didn't risk it.
We think the Vila Bela is OK but the real highlight was beautiful Salvador itself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Vila Bela is a charming bed and breakfast guesthouse, settled in a fully restored XIX century house in the Pelourinho, historical area of Salvador classified by Unesco World Cultural Heritage in 1985. Ideally located in Santo Antonio district, Casa Vila Bela guesthouse enjoys one of the most fantastic seaview scenery over "all the saints bay". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Casa Vila Bela Salvador, Bahia, Brazil