Pousada Casa Vila Bela offers a charming bed and breakfast atmosphere in a historic 19th-century home in Salvador's Santo Antonio neighborhood. Pelourinho, Salvador's most famous historic quarter, is just a 10-minute drive south, but Santo Antonio offers the same colorful colonial Portuguese architecture without the crowds. Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado, which preserves the past of one of Salvador's most famous writers, is a 5-minute walk down the street.
At Mercado Modelo, 1.25 km (about three-quarters of a mi) away, guests can buy local crafts and take in music and capoeira performances. Popular Barra Beach and Farol da Barra, the area's photogenic lighthouse, are 7 km (less than 4.5 mi) away. Pousada Casa Vila Bela offers transportation to Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes International Airport, 26 km (about 16 mi) away, for a surcharge.
Guests won't have to venture out for breakfast. A morning buffet of Bahian dishes and tropical fruit is served on the terrace or in the dining room. The multilingual owners can give advice on the best of the neighborhood's attractions, or guests can research them on their own with the complimentary wireless Internet access available in the lobby and in guestrooms. The 2-story hotel offers business services as well as assistance booking tours and tickets.
Pousada Casa Vila Bela has just 8 rooms, all individually decorated with their own themes. Some guestrooms have balconies and views of Salvador or All Saints' Bay. Guestrooms include minibars, refrigerators, air conditioning, safes and private bathrooms with showers. Rollaway beds, hair dryers, ironing facilities and complimentary cribs/baby cots are all available on request.