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Villa Bahia

  • Villa Bahia
  • Mary Anne Nelson ©
  • Mary Anne Nelson ©
  • Mary Anne Nelson ©
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Beautifully appointed hotel formed from two adjoining colonial buildings, offering a haven of calm and relaxation in the heart of Salvador's historic Pelourinho area.

Villa Bahia, a refurbishment of two adjoining colonial residences, is in the heart of the evocative historic centre of Salvador, choc-a-bloc with a jumble of colourfully painted houses, shops, bars and restaurants. The cobbled alleys resound with the drumbeat of Brazil’s Afro-Portuguese heritage, but ensconced in this charming guesthouse, behind soundproofed windows, you feel as though you're in a bubble of calm.

The property has 17 individually decorated guestrooms distributed over three floors. Conceived and inspired by the French proprietor, the rooms' décor and furnishings whisk you back to the colonial era. In true boutique style, each is different and has a charm and character of its own, whether it be highly polished wooden floors, four-poster beds, Portuguese tiles or lofty wooden ceilings. Some rooms have a Juliet balcony or terrace. The three rooms on the top floor are smaller but ample compensation comes in the form of a large outdoor area complete with Jacuzzi.

Relaxation is a high priority here and the communal rooftop sun terrace has great views. There is also a restaurant serving up distinctive Bahian cuisine with a French flavour and a small ground pool on a leafy patio. The lobby bar is a fine place to unwind with a cup of the hotel's justly renowned coffee.

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What our clients say

  • "We arrived very late but excellent greeting and were shown to what seemed quite a pleasant room on the top floor. However it proved to be very noisy with the…

    PA,Bourne end
  • This is a gem!  The hotel is absolutely beautiful with a real colonial feel.  We ate in the restaurant one evening and it was the best meal we had during…

    AER, Edinburgh
  • Intimate atmosphere, very friendly staff, marvellous location in the heart of the old town with lots of street music.

    MK, Southampton
  • Beautifully designed and renovated, wonderful location, lovely staff.

    PA, London
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Our Expert's Opinion

I thought this hotel was beautiful – the décor is wonderful and it’s clear that every last detail, from the rooms to the public areas and numerous leafy terraces, has been carefully thought through to ensure an atmosphere of peaceful luxury in the heart of the bustling city. The delicious local breakfast and freshly made juice were an added bonus and made the perfect start to my day.

Kathryn
Kathryn Rhodes Travel Expert Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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