Pousada Estrela do Mar, Salvador, Bahia
"simple, charming and convenient place to stay close to Barra beach"
|Nearest Airport:||Salvador - 20 kms|
|Trip Style:||History + Culture, Beach|
|Language(s):||Spanish, Portuguese, English|
|Recommended attractions:||walking, swimming, churches|
|Ideal for:||solo travellers, friends sharing, couples|
|Telephone:||+55 71 32644882|
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Alison's pousada review
Pousada Estrela do Mar is a simple, unpretentious, pousada with an Irish/Brasilian flavour, located in the Farol da Barra area of Salvador. Rooms are whitewashed basic, with no phones or cable TV, but they are clean and comfortable and have all the important things like air conditioning, ceiling fans and a minibar. Downstairs at the reception there are great staff with a wealth of information on what to do and where to go locally, and although there is no pool or bar there is a comfortable area with internet and free tea and coffee 24 hours, where you can meet and chat to other travellers.
Location-wise Barra is great for those who want to be relatively close to the historical centre (20 minutes by bus or taxi), but also want to be by a beach. The pousada itself is only half a block from the Farol da Barra bus-stop (where airport buses stop), the same distance from the beach and only a block from a good number of restaurants and bars.
Salvador is simultaneously hot, chilled and laid back. And nothing like the south of Brasil! Home to the largest influx of slaves in the country (nearly five million between the 16th and 19th centuries) its population remains predominantly black and local customs reflect and incorporate African traditions in religion, culture, dance and dress.
The city has grown tremendously over the last thirty years and with a population is now well over 3 million, the usual problems have all arisen. For many years the historical centre around the Pelourinho was a no-go area and the area around Barra also went into a steep decline. However many of the historical buildings in the centre have now been refurbished, policing is much better and recently the Barra area around the pousada seems to have gained a completely new lease of life, with lots of new bars opening. One thing is for sure – the vibe in Salvador is something else completely, and the tropical spirit in the air totally contagious.
- walking tour around the Pelourinho historical centre
- local seafood at the Portal do Mar and Cabanas do Cely
- local music on Friday and Saturday nights at Habeus Copos
- the sunset from the lighthouse naval museum in the Farol da Barra
- a swim in the Praia da Barra where the sea is super calm
- Sean, and his excellent staff, all of whom are helpful, knowledgeable, and English speaking
- location- close to Barra beach and all the bars, but down a quiet street with minimal noise
- excellent value for those on a restricted budget
|Try a different place if...
you want to be in the historical centre, or you prefer chic/sophisticated