“Beautiful colonial house tastefully converted into a boutique hotel in the centre of Salvador's historical Pelourinho district”
The 17 rooms are tastefully decorated with colourful fabrics, painted shutters, wooden floors, antiques and hand-crafted Brazilian pieces (writing desks, maps, lamps and so on) but come equipped with thoroughly modern touches such as double glazing, air con, a minibar, WiFi and a TV.
Each is subtly themed after a different former Portuguese colony, from Cape Verde to Macau, with some overlooking the square. Goa was my favourite simply because of its huge wooden canopied bed and rich, sumptuous colour scheme: a silk fuchsia pink bedspread contrasted by lime-green chairs. All rooms are the same price and most are large with double or kingsize beds (Mozambique and Timor have twin beds); the 3 top-floor rooms (Ceilao, Sao Tome e Principe and Nagasaki) are smaller but have the added bonus of a private terrace with views over Salvador's rooftops.
The Cochin room also has a separate terrace up its own flight of stairs - perfect for an evening drink listening to the music and sounds emanating from the streets down below.
Modern bathrooms feature walk-in showers; 4 also have a bath (Calicute, Ceuta, Madagascar and Gana), which is unusual in Brazil. Nice touches include bathrobes (available for purchase), hairdryers and toiletries made with exotic natural ingredients and essences from the Amazon rainforest.
Breakfast is a large spread served between 7 and 10am, and is brought to your table (either in the restaurant or outside in the courtyard patio) rather than buffet style. The coffee is delicious - locally sourced and roasted in-house. As well as fresh fruit and juice, there's an array of freshly-baked breads and Bahian specialties such as plantain fritters and small doughnuts made from rice and coconut.
The restaurant is open daily to the public for lunch and dinner. Starters may include oysters or smoked shrimp, mains could be locally caught fish of the day, risotto, lobster medallions, or filet mignon with a cashew butter, while typical desserts are a clafoutis (a custard-like tart) or passion fruit drizzled with chocolate.
Outside in Pelourinho, there are lots of cafés and restaurants - try Uaua for a full meal and Cafelier for coffee and something snackier. Make sure you try the acarajés - small spicy fried bean treats - sold on every street corner by Bahian women in traditional flowing white dresses.
Children are welcome but there are no special facilities for them and the loud frenetic pace of the Pelourinho neighbourhood may be too much for some youngsters. Extra beds, cots and babysitting can be arranged.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking