Please read review till the end as it contains review for two rooms one is standard street view (room 5) and the other is standard bay view (room 1). The pousada (hotel) is 30 minutes away by car from the airport. It is located in the Santa antonia area which is 10-15 minutes walk away from the pelurinhio (old town). We were advised by our tour guide to be back in the hotel before dark, so not safe to be walking in that area or to the old town at night was not recommended. The walk to the old town in hilly and rocky so make sure to wear either sandals or trainers. The pousada is owned by a couple: the lady speaks English but never smiled and seemed stropy. The man spoke only portuguese and Spanish and was much more relaxed and it is entirely due to his courtesy of changing our room from 5 to number 1 that I give this place two stars for room 1 otherwise definitely a one star for room 5. There are three kinds of rooms available : standard street view, standard bay view and I think do not quote me on this but a larger bay view room too and prices in asc
We were checked in by the lady owner and me and my husband didn't feel welcome at all. No information or recommendation of surrounding given. A cat was also on the premises.
Room 5 is located on the second floor ( in total there are three floors) and we were taken up by and extremely slow lift ( we counted that it took 41 seconds to go from ground floor to the third floor where breakfast is served on a roof top overlooking the bay). Room 5 if I was to describe it one word than it would be called a dungeon! Please at all cost avoid getting this room. The layout of the room was awkward with only one window and the neighbours across could see in completely so if this window was shut it was extremely dark as the lighting in the room was very poor. The only chandelier in the room which had three bulbs but note only one was working so it was very dark. The room and the bathroom both had a distinct smell ( not nice) that both this room and room 1 also had. You will also see the other reviews mention about the smell. The bathroom shower was very good with good force and warm water. The towels were old and thin had seen many uses. Bath soaps were the only thing provided. Two single beds were joined together ( no doubly bed) and pillows were stained and had hair on them (room 1 same issue ...pillows stained and hair on them). The room had stairs that led to an upstairs small area which was poorly lit and had a mattress on the floor. Room didn't have a safe ( same for room 1). There was a cupboard in which a mini bar was provided but no prices ( same for room 1). I was disgusted at the sight of the room and therefore asked the lady owner if there were other rooms available and she informed us that there was one bay view one but we had to pay extra so we didn't bother. At night you could hear the footsteps of the kids ( owners kids) and other guests going up and down as the bed was so close to the door. Saturday night music was blasting from the nearby restaurant but the rain saved us as the music stopped. The room
Next to us number 5 had a better layout with two windows ( do not know if it was better in terms of light or disadvantage due to the outside music, also had an upper level like our room). Sunday afternoon the place across was actually a converted garage and you could hear the person using the kracher car machine to clean the car. The music from the nearby restaurant had also started playing from midday and even if you are a music lover this music was extremely load and you could hear the thumping in your heart. We than went to reception and asked the man owner if other rooms were available. He instantly knew without telling that the noise was unbearable for us and moved us to room 1 which was a bay view room located on the ground floor just at the back of the reception for no extra cost. Please note that other standard bay view rooms on floor 1 and 2 are better than ours ( we had a quick glance at the rest of the rooms) as it gave a better view of the bay as ours was blocked partially by trees and also less noise. In our new room 1 we could still hear the music from outside but it was masked. I have put pictures of the room 1 so please have a look. Room 1 definitely bigger in size ( all on one level). The knob on the hot water Shower tap was falling out and both me and my husband on multiple occasions had to pick it up to fix it whilst showering. The room had a chair and sofa settee in side the room and in the balcony there were two chairs and a table. The lighting was much better in the room. The a.c was directly situated on top of the pillows which I personally think was a bad position to have an A.C. On on of the night an ice cube fell out of the A.C on my husband face which at that time even though hilarious was quite dangerous. Both me and my husband felt water sprinkling out of the A.C on two occasions. Salvador in general has presence of red ants and these were visible in the rooms and also during breakfast. The balcony has mentioned before, we had a partial view of the port as it was obscured by trees. Damn smell and towels which were old and thin again in room 1. Breakfast in general was ok with the chocolate cake on one of the days to die for. There were two cereals, tea sachets,coffee, one kind of bread, passion fruit, water melon, mango, papaya and pineapple available. Two kind of sweet pastries/cake also available. Three different kinds of juices. Scrambled eggs on request but we didn't ask for them. Two pots of jam available not sure of flavour. Cheese and slices of ham also available. Nice view of the harbour from the breakfast place. On whole what you pay for is what you get. Read other reviews and see pictures before booking.
The two places within 5 minutes walk from the pousada , cafelier ( coffee and snacks place) and al cormo (Italian restaurant) I definitely recommend. Will be writing reviews on them so please have a read.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the historical centre of Salvador, this beautifully decorated inn overlooks Baía de Todos os Santos Bay. Its colonial building provides guests with spacious rooms featuring city and sea views. Rooms at Pousada do Pilar have all been restored. With high ceilings and traditional décor, each includes a TV, air conditioning, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Free Wi-Fi is provided too. Breakfast is served on Pousada do Pilar's rooftop terrace. Guests can enjoy regional items while admiring panoramic bay views. The hotel is right in front of the bay. The neighborhood Santo Antonio Além do Carmo is a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, history and old town exploring. ... more less
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- Pousada Do Pilar Salvador, Bahia, Brazil