Could be better, could be worst A review of Hotel Pestana Bahia
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.