Hotel Pestana Bahia
Travel Blogs from Salvador
Following on with the theme of slavery we were taking a tour out of Salvador to the city of Cachoeira in the heart of sugarcane and tobacco country and what once used to be Bahia's wealthiest and most populated towns. En route we stopped off at a little market town. Paula took us around the various market stalls to see the local fruit, palm oil, …
Awaiting us at Salvador (and other tourists disembarking) was an exceptionally large lady dressed in white handing out masses of ribbons in bright colours. We never truly found out the origins of these ribbons other than the fact that they are produced in a church and are wishing ribbons.
We took a kamikaze taxi ride to our …
... upstairs balcony and the video on a constant loop.
Some other notable things I learned about the area, was the brutal treatment of the African slaves, as they were tied up and beaten in the same square that MJ and Olodum danced. Actually, 40% of the slaves imported to the new world came to Brazil. There are very few, if any of the indigenous population left.
Tuesday nights are party nights in Salvador. Or should I ...
... an elevator which connects the upper Pelourinho part of the city and the next lower suburb. There they have a big market where you can buy a lot of souvenirs and stuff and you almost can’t get out without buying anything. The people there are really offensive trying to sell their stuff.
Later that day I went to some live concerts with some other travelers from the hostel. There they had nice Brazilian music and some reggae. The next day I spent some time relaxing ...
... town square. We only drank two caiperinhas, but the guy who made them somehow knew I was a fan and so most the bottle was in those two drinks.
Needless to say, yet again Ann and I were poured onto the plane with hangovers. Planes are great places to sleep post hangover, as they wake you up to feed you and hydrate you, then you sleep again. Highly recommended.
So we are in Bahia now. The days have consisted of 2 - 4 hours of dancing, then eating ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Pestana Bahia Salvador
Verdaderamente disfruté este hotel; teníamos una habitación muy moderna en el 21er piso y la vista era espectacular. El personal era simpático y servicial (no fué siempre así durante el viaje) y el ambiente en el bar era agradable. No tuvimos cena en el hotel, por lo que no puedo hacer comentarios.
Este hotel no es un 5 estrellas de Gran Bretaña - yo diría que es sólo un ¡3.5 estrellas! La habitación era amplia y confortable aunque había sido diseñada de una manera minimalista/moderna lo que hacía que hubiera problemas de almacenamiento con muy poco espacio para poner tu ropa (a menos que colgaras todo). Las moquetas estaban viejas y anticuadas y parecían que necesitaban de una buena limpieza, y el baño estaba en la mismas condiciones. Todo funcionaba, sin embargo había un olor a humedad terrible que yo pensé provenía de la cortina de la ducha (aunque se veía limpia). El baño era muy pequeño (¡difícil cuando eres alto de estatura!). Aparte de eso, los desayunos estaban bien y la comida que ordenamos en el bar parecía bien - nada espectaular.
Lovely hotel, no beach, but a very nice pool with bar and restaurant. The room was very bright and comfortable, with lovely Bahian artwork in rooms and hallways.
Great buffet breakfast included in the price.
It's in Rio Vermelho, quite far from Pelourinho, but there are excellent buses that are very inexpensive and go direct to town. Unfortunately, the second day we were there, the busdrivers went on strike, leaving us to the mercy of taxi drivers who sometimes took a circuitous route. Even at that, taxis were very reasonable.
I would highly recommend that Salvador be included on any Brazilian itinerary--it's a unique and fascinating place--historic and tropical --you can sun and learn all in the same vacation.
Almost every review has commented on the view from this hotel, and I have to agree. We saw the Atlantic and just about all of central & southern Salvador from our window. We asked for a double bed, and - unlike other places - were given one. It turned out to be 2 beds wedged together, but not so you could notice, so that was fine.
Really enjoyed this hotel, we had a really modern room on the 21st floor and the view was amazing. The staff were friendly and helpful (which was not always the case on this trip) and there was a nice atmosphere in the bar at night. Did not have dinner in this hotel so can't comment.
This hotel is not a UK 5 star classed hotel - I would say it was more of a 3.5 star! The room was big and comfortable although had been designed in a minimalistic/modern way which meant that storage was a problem with very little space to put away your clothes (unless you hung everything). The carpets were tired and dated and looked in need of a good scrub and the bathroom was in a similar run-down state. Everything worked however these was a terrible smell of damp which I thought was down to the shower curtain (although it looked clean enough). The bath was also very small (tricky when you're tall!).
I booked a room at the Pestana because all the other hotels I tryied to book were fully booked.
With respect intended to the last two reviewers, they evidently have not stayed in a 5 star hotel. Indeed, not only does this hotel claim on the sign outside the hotel to be 5 Star but "5 Star Luxury". I would rate this hotel perhaps 3 star maximum for the following reasons. When I booked I new that the Pestana was owned by a very reputable Portuguese Hotel group with some 45 hotels world wide of generally excellent quality. Indeed, the website makes the hotel most enticing. Unfortnately the actuality does not live up to the hype. Even the manager himself (who had been in charge for three days confirmed to me that he had spoken to his superiors in Portugal to say that they were mis-representing the quality of the hotel to Europeans although apparentlt not to Brazilians who represent probably 95% of the paying guests. I arrived on 5th January (having arrived from The Copacabana Palace in Rio ----amazing hotel!!) and booked in for 5 days. The average waiting time for the elavator to arrive to our floor was 7/9 minutes. I am NOT exagerating. I complained to the manager who confirmed that there were indeed problems and that a combination of a faulty lift motor and a busy hotel was making life very difficult for them. NEXT...I love music including rap and rock (surprising for a 50 year old man my children tell me!) However, there's a time and a place and if you are looking for a chill-out holiday where one can sit by the pool and read a book or three then this place AIN'T for you. From 8.30am thru 6pm the sound of blaringly loud Bahian Carnival music is screaming at you from the speaker by the side of the pool. Even when asked politely to turn down the volume somewhat the poolstaff quickly put it back to full volume after 10 minutes. To describe the food in the hotel as "mediocre" would be doing a grave injustice to the word. At breakfast there was ALWAYS a 20/30 minute queue to have a fresh omelete cooked for you by the overworked egg chef. Why they couldn't have two chefs for the busy period I simply don't know. Reminds me of my bank who always have three staff on duty at non-peak times and only one member of staff a peak times! The rooms were generally made up between 3pm and 4pm so if one wanted an hour siesta in the afternoon to get away from the heat you always came back to a dirty room. During our stay there were continual building works making one helluva racket! One thing this hotel DOES know how to do is to charge extortionate prices for it's laundry service which compared favorably with the prices charged at the Copacabana Palace...However, you expect to pay through the nse at a truly Deluxe Hotel but feel totally ripped off at the charges made by a three star hotel. We spent 3 days researching other hotels in the area and left to go to the Sofitel Costa de Saupe which is about 1.5 hours away by taxi (best 40 pounds I'd spent in Salvador) which was idyllic. NOT A HOTEL FOR CHILLING OUT!
Great views of the sunset/sunrise
I think postcard photos of the sunset and sunrise are taken from this hotel. If you can reserve a room facing the ocean you will not be disappointed with what you see. The rooms are very comfortable although our King Bed Reservation ended up being two twins beds pushed together.
The food was not good at this hotel to put in kindly. The free breakfast was the best of what the hotel had to offer. I would recommend eating out every lunch and dinner.
Additionally the "beach" at the hotel was closed for cleaning due to pollution. A cab ride to the "nice" beaches was over $40R.
I would return to this hotel.
Actually very nice
Upon first impression you would not believe Salvador possessed such a cool hotel - but it does!
The lobby is impressive and the bar relaxing.
The rooms are of a good standard considering where we were and the views in the morning simply stunning.
About 20 mins by taxi to the historical centre, but by far the best hotel in central Salvador