Casa do Amarelindo
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
At a Glance
Located slap bang in the historic Pelourinho district of Salvador. Can be a little noisy as so central but such a vibrant and buzzy city
Good value for money and friendly service from French owners Gilles and Didier
Simple but stylish decor, and the hotel is well maintained throughout
Small roof top pool - one of the few in Pelourinho
A courtyard garden and a roof terrace with a panoramic view of Todos os Santos Bay
Best time to Visit
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Temperatures in Bahia vary little from month to month and it's warm all year round, with average highs hovering around 30°C. April to July is the wettest season (though it can rain at any time) and June to September bring slightly cooler evenings. Salvador goes mad during Carnaval (February or March depending on the year) - more than 2 million party-goers hit the streets for a colourful riot of dancing and drinking - expect prices to hike and availability to fall dramatically.
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Casa do Amarelindo is a charming 10-room hotel with plenty of character, set within a restored 19th Century colonial townhouse in the heart of the historic Pelourinho district of Salvador, a cultural gem in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
Casa do Amarelindo is a boutique property located just off the main square (Quadrado) in the historic quarter of Salvador, classified a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985 for its colourful houses, beautiful baroque churches, museums and cobbled streets, echoing batucada rhythms and capoeira shows.
Casa do Amarelindo has only 10 guest rooms which are simple yet luxurious, some with private terraces and bathrooms featuring either hydromasage bath tubs or rainfall showers. The interior decor has been inspired by Bahia's fascinating colonial history and African influence. The hotel benefits from a fantastic roof top terrace where you can enjoy an evening caipirinha while watching the sunset. It also has a small pool which has a gorgeous view over the rooftops and the sea beyond.
Walk the streets of Salvador and soak up the local culture with its baroque churches and cobbled streets lined with market stalls selling intricate local artefacts. Salvador is also renowned for its Afro-Latin music and there are often groups of musicians playing in the squares giving a vibrant, jazzy feel to the place.
Casa do Amarelindo offers guests 10 rooms that are simple, follow a uniform decor but are comfortable all with air conditioning, plasma TVs and DVD. Antique dark wood furniture evokes Brazil's colonial past. Bathrooms have tropical rain showers, some with waterfall features and jets.
Children under 16 years of age are not accepted at the Casa do Amarelindo, and there are no specific facilities.
Casa do Amerelindo features a small pool, panoramic roof terrace, two bars (don't miss their cashew fruit Caipirinhas), restaurant serving delicious Bahian classics and a small gym.
Given the hotel's central location, the cultural delights of Salvador are right on your doorstep. The historical Pelourinho district is famous for its beautiful colonial architecture, cool bars, street stalls and art galleries. Head out on All Saint's Bay for sailing and get stuck into the famous Bahian culture which blends African heritage with its Brazilian roots to create an exciting fusion, famed for its percussion and capoeira. Try lessons in either and discover the traditions of this cool and unique city.
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
Such a charming boutique property in the heart of Salvador's Pelourinho neighbourhood, which showcases the Bahian culture perfectly. Colourful wooden statues of deities can be found throughout, reflecting the Candomble religion which is ever-present here. Everything about this hotel has been executed tastefully to complement the city outside.
We arrived from the south of Brazil on a Tuesday night to the sound of drumming outside and really knew we had arrived in Salvador!
Casa do Amarelindo is a perfect boutique B&B. It is in keeping with the colonial style, but benefiting from the elegance of it's French owners. It has a fantastic restaurant, two terraces, a small pool (you will need this, even in winter Salvador is hot) and most rooms have a view over the bay. The bay of Salvador is more industrial than the word 'bay' evokes (don't go imagining the Mediterranean riviera) but the view is still impressive.
The rooms are all spacious. The French owners are delightful, they've really sunk in to Salvador, embracing it, whilst bringing their European standards to the table. They have an instinct for what guests want - hence the all day breakfast offer and the ability to have breakfast wherever you want in the hotel. Also they have double glazing - which you need in the Pelourinho, the music doesn't stop.
Mark Beken (Staff)
Casa do Amarelindo has a great location in the heart of the old town, and offers excellent value for money. The beds here are some of the most comfortable I have ever slept in, and the two French owners have done a great job providing an affordable and attractive boutique option. I particularly liked the fact that you are given complimentary little dishes that showcase the variety of Bahian cuisine, and the vatapa is superb. There is also an amazing variety of caipirinhas that you can try here, from cashew fruit to mangaba. Try if possible to go for a deluxe room, as they are more spacious.
Arte Consciente Social Project in Salvador
Set up in one of Salvador's poorest communities, Arte Consciente is a grassroots social project which was founded by three young men, each with a vision to improve the area & a talent for various arts, from playing percussion to circus skills and boxing.
Authentic Bahian Cuisine
Be captivated by Salvador's extraordinary culinary scene on a half day gastronomic tour of the city's markets, followed by a delicious local lunch. Be sure to try a mouthwatering seafood moqueca.
Candomblé: Religion in Salvador
Candomblé is an amalgamation of African religions and beliefs which were brought to Brazil with the slaves and has now become a prevalent part of the Bahian culture. Candomblé means 'dance in honour of the Gods' and remains a huge part of daily life here.
Contemporary Art in Salvador
The melting pot of cultures and ethnicities in Bahia is evident everywhere, from its festivities right through to its art. Discover some of Salvador's main centres for artistic expression on this full-day tour.
Drumming in Salvador
Bahia is the percussive heart of Brazil. Feel the soul of Brazilian music with a percussion lesson in Salvador, and fall under the spell of the mesmerising African rhythms. Workshops are pitched at levels to suit all talents and ages - great for families!
Half Day Historical Tour of Salvador
Explore Salvador, one of Brazil’s most striking cities steeped in history. Salvador is famous for its colonial architecture, its rich and unique local culture (which is particularly evident in the music, cuisine and religion) and wonderful coastline.
Introduction to Capoeira
Visit a traditional capoeira school and meet with the group leaders to learn the history and philosophy of capoeira, try your hand on instruments such as the berimbau, and learn some of the basic movements.
Salvador Full-day Bay Cruise
Set sail for a full-day schooner cruise, departing from Salvador and exploring a selection of the 36 islands which line the bay. Enjoy stunning ocean views, a breathtaking sunset and some of the islands' best beaches.
Location & directions
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
In Salvador’s historical Pelourinho district within easy reach of restaurants, bars and art galleries. Many of the rooms afford fabulous views over Todos Santos Bay and its islands.
How to get there
14-hour 15-minute international flight to Rio de Janeiro, followed by a 2-hour domestic flight to Salvador and 30-minute car transfer.
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