When i booked this place Aquarela Do Brazil, it was advertised as a hotel, which it is not, far from it, more like something in between a bed and breakfast and a hostel. They have a list of rules stuck on the back of the door, see pics. Located near the main square of Pelourinho in Salvador (I would avoid Pelourinho, as it is dangerous and stay in Barra instead, even the locals avoid the area). Taxi drivers cannot drive down the cobble stone alleyway where this place is located and unless you have a backpack, your luggage will get scraped along the way there. Wear sneakers too. There is no elevator to the rooms.
The rooms have an open grill on one side where light comes in so bring an eye mask. Also it is located under a flight path and close to a thumping nightclub, so if you go bring earplugs as well. The bedroom windows open and across you can see people who can look straight into the room from the museum across the alleyway.
The shower uses a pre-historic electric element that goes straight into the shower head, see pics,
The breakfast is very basic, and unfortunately there is no other option close by as an alternative. Pelourinho is just good for a day trip from somewhere else only if you are into museums.
There are many museums and churches around which most charge an entry fee to enter. At the hotel only one person speaks English well and the staff do their best to accommodate you. There is only wifi on the ground level and none in the rooms.
When I was there there was a toxic smell emanating from the bathroom the first few days, also ants and mosquitoes in the room as well, bring DEET if you go there, I considered leaving this place at one stage but I had prebooked and it would be a nightmare to find another place in a short time. There are random beggars around the area at night but usually harmless. But don't wander too far from lit areas at night as I met a guy that was held up with a machete to his neck and robbed. A few times there was a power failure and they would get an electrician within a few hours to fix the issue. The staff are ok but think the place is amazing, which it is far from. If you want an extra guest you have to pay an extra US$50-. I stayed there for 10 days, way too long. The place is in need of a major renovation. I would not recommend this place or location.
I hope this review is helpful :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Historic Center of Salvador, The Pousada Aquarela do Brasil is a warm and cozy place, with a real touch of being at home.Its an strategic place in the middle of Pelourinho, deep in the heart of it, where all takes place.We have 6 rooms, with TV, ventilators, hot water and free Internet Wi-fi. We offer a nice breakfast, wich is served from 7:30 to 10:00 A.M.If you´re staying in Aquarela do Brasil, you´re close to many touristic points in the city, and have many options of places to eat and to have fun without having to go far from it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Aquarela Do Brasil Salvador, Bahia, Brazil