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... to get some bread. It was like a bakery/mini grocery store. They had many many cool pastries and things. Also soups and quiche and lots of other stuff that was already prepared. Then a few aisles of juices and granola bars and candy and all sorts of other stuff. It was really neat. It's cool that they buy bread every other day. Like France or something. And then, wouldn't you know it, we ran into Mrs. Rosaneli's friend/ English teacher there. She also runs a Facebook ...
... s “they don’t really care about us” song), you will have to decide whether you pass up watching the Capoeira artists who start impromptu jam sessions in the plaza square. You will have to maneuver past the street mimes and all of the vendors selling food, jewelry, paintings, cangas and sandals. In fact, we even started making landmarks based on vendors; i.e., earring lane or sandal row. Ok, that was mostly the ladies…but it ...
... me all different things about Brazil, and just their culture and the little ways they do things that are different from the US. It is all so interesting to me. And some things I have just noticed on my own. It gets dark here around 6. It felt like midnight to me when it was 7 because it was so dark already. You see wayyyy more stars here. It is beautiful the moon is brightwr too I think. (Shayla, it makes sense now why they are obsessed! Haha) You don't flush your ...
... Apparently it is acceptable to cram unusually close to eachother on the beach whilst local tradesmen proceed to weave in and out to tout their goods, turning this peaceful haven into a marketplace. Although this makes relaxing impossible it does mean if you are hungry, thirsty, you've lost your sunglasses, found yourself without sunscreen, you need some clothes, hats or have just forgotten to wear your bikini, your every need is catered for without you having to move a ...
... clowns arrive up one alley and disappear down another. The constant collision of clowns had me flashing back to senior management meetings in my previous work life. The very important African influence on Brazilian culture was on colourful display. This was a multi day event and seemed closer to what we had envisioned as a grassroots Carnival celebration. Not as much beer drinking and police brutality but even more men dressed as women.
We almost managed to ...
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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.
En general, pienso que este hotel alguna vez fue muy impresionante, sin embargo, está en una necesidad extrema de renovación, ya que está empezando a verse viejo y anticuado.
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.
The hotel receptionists spoke very good English, which was another pleasant surprise (it isn't always so).As for the problem of noise, I wasn't bothered by the constant music by the pool, but I was VERY bothered by the music that is pumped out into the lift (elevator) lobby on every floor. Firstly, it was frequently not even Brazilian music, just corporate rubbish like Celine Dion. Secondly, it wasn't really necessary - does anyone really want music while they're getting into and out of a lift? Thirdly - and most importantly - it was loud and played all night long. It was so loud that you could hear it clearly in our room, which was some way from the lobby. Loud music from the street at 4 am I can just about accept, but not from the lift lobby!! The only way to drown it out was to turn on the air conditioning, which we needed switched on most nights anyway. That was why we didn't complain, but I had a feeling somehow that nothing would happen.
Overall, the hotel is impressive in terms of its location, and comfortable, with decent but not excellent service. The restaurant buffet wasn't very good, but the pool bar was fine for drinks and snacks.
Decent-sized pool, too. We found a really good restaurant called Diogo's just around the corner that had live music most nights, so we ate there mostly. Thr Rio Vermelho district was described to us as 'safe, chic and bohemian'. Well, it seemed safe, but I'd take the rest with a big pinch of salt. Looked a bit grubby to me, and the fact that the main coastal road runs through it didn't make walking very pleasant, what with all the traffic hassle. If we'd stayed longer, maybe we'd have got to know and love it, but the area didn't make a great first impression. The staff in the shops were friendly, though.
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!).
Apart from that the breakfasts were good and the food we ordered in the bar seemed to be fine - nothing spectacular.
Overall I think this hotel once upon a time was very impressive however it is in dire need of some redecoration as it is starting to look tired and dated.
Could be better, could be worst
I booked a room at the Pestana because all the other hotels I tryied to book were fully booked.
The Pestana was once the Meridien Hotel. You can see from its structure, it was once a great hotel. It is a bit worn out now, though, in need of a good scrub and some upgrade, but I'd say it is OK for Bahia.
The location is convenient, but allthough it is by the sea-side, there is not a beach in front of the hotel. You will need to get a cab to get to one, or use the hotel car that drives you to a private beach, exclusive to hotel guests, but that sometimes is closed because of the windy weather.
All rooms have breathtaking sea views, with sunsets that are the stuff postcards are made of. Rooms are very roomy and confortable, decorated in good taste, allthough my room was in desperate need of a new matress, and it killed my back. Rooms and bathrooms should be cleaner. There was quite a bit of dust, some hair on the floor, and only 3 hangers on the closet.
There is allways loud music playing at the pool that won't let you relax, but that is one of the things Bahia is about: loud music. The restaurant at the pool is to be avoyded: lots of fried, heavy dishes.
The main buffet/restaurant has good food though, and some quite exquizite dishes if you order a la carte. I dared ordering at dinner a pumpkin, pear and shrimp soup that surprisingly turned out to be one of the most fine dishes I had in my life.
The staff is kind allthough undernumbered. There is no concierge, for instance. The Pestana is not exactly what you expect of a 5 stars, but it is not as expensive as most 5 stars are in any case.
I would rather stay at another hotel in Salvador next time, but if I had to stay here again I wouldn't mind so much.
Not for chilling out!!
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