Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
"an oasis of luxury and calm in the heart of the historical centre"
Casa do Amarelindo is a small boutique hotel in a fully restored XIXth century building in the heart of Pelourinho, the historical district of Salvador. Classified by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage area in 1985, thie Pelourinho is famous for its colourful houses, beautiful baroque churches, museums and cobble stoned alleys which echo with the constant sound of batucada rhythms and capoeira shows.
Casa do Amarelindo has ten high standard rooms, a swimming pool on the terrace, a gastronomic restaurant, two bars, a solarium, a fitness centre, a business centre, as well as two interior tropical patios,
Although there is a lift to all five floors of Casa do Amarelindo the Pelourinho is not an easy area to navigate for anyone with mobility problems. Cars are not allowed in the main square itself and roads are hilly and cobbled, particularly slippy in the rain.
|Nearest Airport:||Salvador - 30 kms|
|Trip Style:||Honeymoon + Romance, History + Culture, Boutique Luxury|
wi-fi, terrace, spectacular views, restaurant, pool, massage, laundry, honeymoon package, gym, bi-lingual reception, bar
|Language(s):||Spanish, Portuguese, French, English|
|Recommended attractions:||night life & shopping, museums, churches|
|Ideal for:||solo travellers, friends sharing, couples|
|Telephone:||+55 71 32668550|
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Note: Where pousadas are off the beaten track, Google maps only show the nearest town, and are not an accurate guide to location.
Alison's pousada review
The Casa do Amarelindo calls itself a hotel and it is definitely a boutique hotel in terms of luxury. The 10 suites are all spacious with huge box spring beds, excellent powershowers, egyptian cotton sheets, hairdrier, dressing gowns and beauty products in the bathroom. Some have whirlpool baths, and some have balconies, but all have double glazed windows which keeps outside noise to an absolute minimum.
At the same time the Amarelindo is definitely a pousada in terms of charm and atmosphere. French owners Gilles and Didier, refurbished the original colonial house from scratch keeping adding internal tropical gardens, 2 bars and a roof top swimming pools with fabulous views across the bay. Decoration is truly Bahian with strong colours, paintings and sculptures by local artists. The bustle of the historical centre is right outside, but once you are back in the Casa do Amarelindo in the care of its friendly and super attentive staff, you can forget the world outside and just relax in peace.
The Casa do Amarelindo is situated right in the historical centre between the Terreira do Jesus and the main Pelourinho square. Salvador itself used to be the capital of Brazil and buildings and particular churches in this area reflect the magnificence of a bygone age of gold and glory- and a rather less salubrious history of slavery. Over 6 million slaves came in to Brazil through Salvador and the African influence is still aboundingly evident in culture and religion.
Over the last 40 years there have been periods when the local governments has invested in the upkeep of the area, encouraging the refurbishment of colonial buildings and investing in cleaning and policing. Regrettably the present government does not see this as a priority, hence the rundown feel of the area, the dirt, and the return of hustlers, beggars. If you can ignore the poverty and problems for at least the period of your stay, there are a million and one interesting things to do in this area. If this bothers you, much better to stay down in one of the beach areas and just do a guided tour.
- Igreja Sao Francisco (San Francisco church)
- Tuesday evening blessing of the city with concerts after
- Mama Bahia and Sorriso da Dada for muqueca
- Guided tour round the historical centre
- Universo Brasil tours with Luiz
- Gourmet restaurant and wonderful caipirinhas
- Super attentive service
- Bahian style & decoration
- Pool and bars at sunset
- Views over the bay and lower city
|Try a different place if...
you have difficulty walking over uneven cobbles, or don't like seeing poverty up close.