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Pestana Convento do Carmo

Salvador, Brazil

The Pestana Convento do Carmo is a lovingly restored former 16th century convent located in the picturesque Pelourinho district of Brazil’s cultural UNESCO city of Salvador da Bahia. A comfortable and traditional base for exploring this wonderful city.

At a Glance

  • An oasis in the heart of Salvador's historic and bustling Pelourinho district

  • Plenty of character. All the rooms vary in size due to the original layout of the convent

  • One of Salvador's oldest convents and steeped in history

  • Being one of the grander hotels in the Pelourinho, it is more spacious overall and has more in the way facilities such as a L'Occitane Spa

  • Well located for exploring the cultural charms of the city and great restaurants nearby


Insider's View

Relax in cloistered calm after a day's sightseeing with a cocktail in the convent's courtyard, a sublimely aaah moment!

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The historic Pestana Convento do Carmo is set in a former 16th century convent which has been beautifully restored, retaining many of the original features. The hotel is set around two cloisters, with graceful arches, tranquil gardens and a circular pool surrounded by palm trees and heliconia. Comfortable chaise lounges are dotted around the property, perfecting for relaxing when not out exploring the city.

The guest rooms and suites at Pestana Convento do Carmo are simply yet tastefully furnished with elegant upholstered chairs, hardwood floors and original artworks. The elegant colonial style is carefully blended with modern comforts including plasma TVs, fine Egyptian bed linens and a pillow menu.

Pestana Convento do Carmo is superbly located for exploring Salvador's colorful Pelourinho district with its beautiful churches and brightly painted facades. After a day wandering the streets and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere guests can enjoy a delicious meal amongst the romantic cloisters back at the hotel.


Pestana Convento do Carmo has 79 rooms and suites, furnished in a tasteful, elegant style, featuring polished wood floors, handmade rugs, upholstered chairs and marble bathrooms. Modern comforts include plasma TVs, a pillow menu and Egyptian cotton bed and bathroom linens. It is important to note that the rooms all vary in size. For extra space we would suggest a Junior Suite or a Loft Suite, split over two levels. There is also a Honeymoon Suite and a Master Suite, both with bath and Jacuzzi


Children are welcome to come and stay at Pestana Convento do Carmo, although there are no formal children's activities or facilities, other than extra beds and babysitting, which can be arranged on request.


Facilities at Pestana Convento do Carmo include an outdoor pool with loungers, a relaxing Occitane Spa, fitness center and Jacuzzi. The restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine with Bahian twists, which diners can enjoy in the charming dining room or al-fresco under the arches. There is also an elegant bar in the second cloister, perfect for relaxing with one of creative cocktails on offer.


Guests at Pestana Convento do Carmo are ideally located for exploring Salvador's historic Pelourinho district, with its cobbled streets, picturesque churches and colorful facades. There are also many interesting galleries and museums and there is a lively night scene, with a wealth of excellent restaurants and live performances of music and dance, often in the streets. Guests can also enjoy a range of relaxing treatments at the hotel spa.

Location & Directions

Salvador, Brazil

Pestana Convento do Carmo is located on Rua do Carmo, at the heart of Salvador City, near the Pelourinho.

When to go

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 Carnival (February or March depending on the year) - more than 2 million party-goers hit the streets for a colorful riot of dancing and drinking - expect prices to hike and availability to fall dramatically.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Pestana Convento do Carmo or take a look at our itineraries to Bahia

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