This is an interesting hotel. First you have to find it which was a challenge as it is not on the main road and we saw no signage on the hotel. After we asked at least four people we did find it. Unfortunately they seemed to be doing renovations the day we arrived that were very loud but thankfully stopped at five. One surprise for us that we had read about an airport shuttle but were told they needed a 48 hr notice (??) and it did not run on weekends (?) So we ended up with a $25 taxi. Airport is fairly close and this is convenient if you are going back out to the airport. The rooms have a great view of the beach and if you are a beach and pool family this looks like a decent choice. We were a bit put off by the loud music and entertainment from the pool area but fortunately it quieted down at night. ( Although we were dismayed to read that they can do karaoke at the pool area starting at 8:30 p.m. some days - fortunately not our stay ). The hotel seemed to be renovating itself and there was new paint, etc. but overall seemed old and dingy and in need of a facelift. Rooms seemed a bit dusty in spots. Could have been cleaner.
The breakfast was excellent by the way. Other than that we only had sandwiches for room service and they were fine. I guess I would recommend this hotel only for a family who liked the beach/pool but not a romantic getaway to my eye. It is - to be fair - a conference center and I guess it would work out well for that. It is quite large. It is not a quiet place to get away by any means.
There appeared to be a coffee service in each room on their list of amenities but that was not in the room. Bed was good and bathroom and shower were good. I noted hooks for hammocks on the balconies but there were none there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gran Hotel Stella Maris Resort and Convention is the first 5 star hotel of the Sol Express Hoteis & Resort Chain. Located on the beachfront of Stella Maris, one of the best and most beautiful beaches of Salvador, is characterized as an urban resort. It is 29 km from downtown and the historic center (Pelourinho) and 7 km from Salvador International Airport.Our entertainment area has a semi-Olympic pool outdoor (for adults and children), availability for nautical sports in general, a sports court, a squash court, kids club, games room, services laundry, parking, taxi, convention center - composed of 20 rooms with capacity for 2,500 people simultaneously, one for 1,300 people, and business center with internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Stella Maris Resort Salvador, Bahia, Brazil