The rise of luxury hotels in Salvador in the last few years is one of the most appealing trends in Brazil travel. Some of the benchmarks in the process are the opening of boutique hotels such as the Zank (2007), the purchase of the Tropical by GJP (2010) and the upcoming opening of Hilton Salvador.
For an extra comfortable leisure, romantic or business stay, take a peek at these luxury Salvador hotels.
2. Deville Salvador
Five-star Deville Salvador, formely the Sofitel Salvador, is one of the greatest news in Brazil's hotel industry in 2010. The hotel marks the entrance of Deville, a company with headquarters in Southern Brazil, into the Northeast market.
The hotel located in Itapuã, one block from the beach, underwent a US$1.7 million renovation for its reopening. All the 206 suites - Luxury, Superior Luxury, Executive and Presidential - have DVD players, safe deposit boxes and internet access. Some of them have sea views. Amenities include a park, a golf course, a pool, saunas, restaurants, shops, a fitness center and a beauty parlor.
Wheelchair-accessible guest rooms available.
3. Pestana Bahia
Beachfront Pestana Bahia, is Rio Vermelho, offers mesmerizing views of the ocean from many of its guest rooms, its restaurant, swimming pools and 23rd-floor lounge.
The hotel has 430 apartments and suites (three presidential), all with balconies, internet access and safe deposit boxes.
One child 12 and younger can stay in the parent's apartment for free. Another plus: some of the floors are specially outfitted for executives, making the hotel a particularly attractive choice for business as well as leisure travel.
Wheelchair-accessible rooms available.
4. Pestana Convento do Carmo
This 1500s convent-turned-hotel has some unique amenities such as doçaria conventual (Portuguese sweets made in convents through the centuries), European-style furnishings and a L'Occitane spa.
The location is historic Pelourinho, one of Salvador's top attractions. The hotel, with 70 suites, is a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World.
Read a review of the Pestana Convento do Carmo on the About.com Guide to Honeymoons/Romantic Travel.
5. Fiesta Bahia Hotel
Five of the Fiesta Bahia Hotel's floors are used for events and conventions. But this hotel with a business travel vocation also excels in leisure. It offers packages for Carnival, New Year's Eve, honeymoon, and weekends.
Executives and families can relax at the adult and the kids' pool, the coffee shop or the sauna. The hotel also has a kids' area where, in the high season, monitors help keep little ones busy.
6. Bahia Othon Palace
Opened in 1975 and still highly popular after all these years, the Bahia Othon Palace has many advantages which allow it to stand out in Salvador's growing luxury travel industry. One of the greatest is its location: the hotel sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Ondina beach (the project by architects Paulo Casé and Luís Accioly allows from sea views from all 278 apartments and 13 suites. In addition to that, the hotel is on the Dodô, aka Barra-Ondina circuit of world-famous Salvador Carnival.
Personalized service is another plus. There are extra-special perks for habitués (for example, they can leave clothes behind till they return, when they will find them ironed in their room).
The Othon has a pool and three restaurants.
7. Golden Tulip Rio Vermelho
The former Blue Tree Premium is now Golden Tulip's hotel in the Rio Vermelho district, home to one of Salvador's most important events: the celebration of Iemanjá goddess of the sea in the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion, on Feb.2. Some of the 200 guest rooms overlook the festivities.
Newly renovated, the hotel has a pool, a restaurant, a bar, tennis courts, a fitness center and a sauna.
Wheelchair-accessible rooms available.
The infinity edge pool overlooking the oceal beyond Rio Vermelho Beach is one of the best features at the Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho. The ocean can also be seen from many of the 175 apartments, decorated in a contemporary style and equipped with windows that can be fully opened, flat screen TVs, and work desks. Groups of friends and families can book adjoiniing rooms.
The Casarão restaurant, the Bonfim bar, a sauna and a fitness room are other amenities. The hotel decor includes tasteful local art.
Four wheelchair-accessible suites available.
Portuguese hospitality in Salvador. The Vila Galé Salvador on Ondina Beach has 224 suites in which comfortable beds, powerful showerheads, a sparsely elegant décor - and, in some cases, enormous windows overlooking the ocean - are outstanding amenities. A restaurant, two bars (one of them by the pool) and a coffee shop are available. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a playground.
10. Villa Bahia
The era of great Portuguese navigations is the theme for Villa Bahia, one of Salvador's top-tier boutique pousada.
Two historic mansions in Pelourinho were carefully restored for the creation of Villa Bahia. From the rooftop terrace, guests can enjoy the goings-on in the city's most famous district. Two courtyards, a swimming pool amd a living room provide more room for relaxation. The restaurant serves cuisine by chef Marc le Dantec, with a focus on seafood and international dishes with local flair.
The 17 guest rooms are tastefully decorated with touches that evoke the Spice Route destinations for which they're named. Some have private patios. The overall amtience makes the Villa Bahia a top choice for romantic travel in Salvador.