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Hotel Casa Do Amarelindo
Inside a 10th-century colonial mansion on a historic block, this charming boutique hotel is truly a gem...
Hostel Galeria 13
Located in an old colonial house complete with a swimming pool, Moroccan-style lounge, and tapas bar, this hostel is a huge success with backpackers. Though there's no communal kitchen, breakfast is served till noon – and the location can’t be beat...
Open House Barra
This fantastically colorful and homey place is hosted by Alex and Jacqueline, professional artists with deep connections with the local music, dance and film community...
This chic but low-key boutique hotel has 10 fashionably outfitted rooms and an excellent location close to the center of the action in the Pelourinho...
Sol Victoria Marina
Surrounded by other high-rises, this modern hotel offers comfortably furnished rooms with somewhat dated décor, and the best rooms have bay views...
Hotel Catharina Paraguaçu
A colonial-modern mix, this charming hotel is decorated with beautiful tiles and antiques. Both the rooms and the gardens, complete with reflecting pool and sculptures, are lovely.
Pestana Convento Do Carmo
Set in a restored 17th-century convent, this magnificent hotel has elegantly furnished rooms with old-world details and modern comforts, and even more impressive common areas. There’s a stone chapel and arched walkways around the cloister.
Hotel Villa Bahia
Occupying a pair of restored Portuguese-style colonial houses, this sustainably run boutique hotel (practices include recycling and employment of local craftsmen) has 17 rooms with hard-wood floors, shuttered windows and antique furnishings from heavy...
A Casa Das Portas Velhas
Built from the ruins of an early-19th-century building, this luxury boutique hotel is the definition of elegant sophistication. The hotel's thematic decor conforms to its name: The House of Old Doors...
Pousada Do Boqueirão
Two early-20th-century houses have been joined together to form this elegant pousada, tastefully decorated with antiques and artwork. Spacious common rooms back onto a porch with a fantastic bay view, where a lovely breakfast is served.
Pousada Estrela Do Mar
This white stucco house with dark-blue shutters – very Portugal-meets-the-tropics – is surrounded by greenery, while inside, plain white walls set off bright Bahian paintings and vibrant blue tilework...
Pousada Noa Noa
The oceanfront terrace and bar – an ideal spot from which to watch the sunset with a caipirinha in hand – is the key selling point of this welcoming guesthouse...
The highest-quality and most attractive Pelô hostel, noisy, busy Laranjeiras has high-ceilinged dorm rooms with triple bunks, and good bathrooms. The private rooms are overpriced. Price drops after Carnaval. An HI discount is offered.
Hotel Villa Santo Antonio
Among a growing crop of well-dressed guesthouses in Santo Antônio, this one offers value for money. Its stylish rooms have polished wood floors and are decorated with original artwork and other thoughtful touches.
A favorite among budget-minded travelers, this easygoing and eco-friendly pousada has a welcoming atmosphere...
Pousada O Ninho
This relaxed but classy pousada occupies an elegant building just two blocks from the beach; the atmosphere is quiet but friendly. Because of the excellent value, it can be difficult to score a room: if you can, book well in advance.
Hotel Pousada Encanto De Itapoan
A beach-lovers’ retreat outside the busy city center, this guesthouse has small, pleasantly set rooms, each with sliding glass doors opening onto a balcony facing a vine- and orchid-covered wall.
Pousada Da Praça Hotel
A few blocks south of the cobblestones, this well-liked budget hotel has attractive two-tone wood floors and tidy fan-cooled rooms that open onto the street. The quiet back porch is a fine place to unwind.
Albergue Do Porto
Salvador's primo hostel is not only within a block of the beach, it has space to lounge and a roomy kitchen. As long as bright colours and kindergarten-like decor don't put you off, Albergue do Porto is a sound choice...
Barra Guest Hostel
Around the corner from various lively bars and restaurants, this welcoming hostel is run by a cool British-Brazilian couple...
Hostel Solar Dos Romanos
This clean and affordable hostel boasts an unusual combination: both a location in the heart of the Pelourinho and a terrace with bay views. Doubles are simple; perks include 24-hour kitchen access.
La Villa Francaise
Travelers rave about the peaceful atmosphere, tasty breakfast and kind owners at this cozy French-influenced guesthouse. The kitchen is open for guest use and the shared spaces are inviting.