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Where to Stay in Salvador

No matter what you want out of your trip to Salvador, you can find a neighborhood that suits your interests. In this city, known as the "Capital of Happiness," tourists and local alike partake in some of the best beachfront in the entire world. Here, along such beautiful beaches as Porto da Barra Beach, you can find a number of luxury hotels. Besides enjoying the breathtaking oceanfront views, these resorts are located close to some of the best dining and shopping in the city. Another option is to stay in the city's Pelourinho district. This downtown area is famous for being the city's historic center, with some buildings dating back to several hundred years ago. Here, among the Portuguese-colonial architecture, you can find some of Salvador's hippest nightclubs and swankiest lounges. Or stay in Rio Vermelho, a wealthy neighborhood that's home to a number of famous Brazilians as well as a many bars and restaurants.

Salvador Hotel Tips

Salvador is a party city. In fact, the metropolis boasts one of the largest Carnaval celebrations in the world. Every year, approximately 2 million people converge on 15 miles of streets and avenues. While this can be one of the best seasons to visit the city, you will want to make sure to book your flight to Salvador and your hotel reservations far in advance. Hotels fill up very quickly, sometimes as much as a year in advance. There are also a number of other festivals that attract large crowds to Salvador. The city's Summer Festival, which lasts five days during the month of February, attracts internationally renowned musical acts. If you're planning on attending, search for discount room rates in advance, as hotels in the area tend to be in high demand.

The weather in Salvador is near perfection year round. However, there is a rainy season that lasts from about April to June. During this time there are less festivals, which means smaller crowds and cheaper hotels.

Salvador Hotel Recommendations

If you're looking for four-star luxury, then book a stay at Salvador's Zank Boutique Hotel in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood. Attention to detail is Zank's specialty, with the interior decorated using pieces crafted by Brazilian designers. Guest rooms are outfitted in soothing earth tones and overlook the nearby beach.  The hotel's Drika Saad Spa provides a full list of spa treatments, including hot stone massages and acupuncture.

For those who want to stay in one of Salvador's hippest accommodations, check out the Hotel Cocoon. Located along Jaguaribe Beach, this sleek and funky hotel provides guests with a number of amenities, including a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and a classy Italian restaurant. On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy the sounds of some of Salvador's best DJs in the hotel's swank lounge. The hotel also does its part to help the environment. Many of the hotels fixtures, such as curtains, coasters, sofas and carpets, are made from recycled materials.

If you're on a budget but don't want to sacrifice comfort, search for discount rates at the Pousada Villa Carmo. Located in the heart of Salvador's historic center, this modest hotel features a cozy atmosphere and an interior decorated with both antique artifacts and modern fixtures. Breakfast and evening tea are served daily on the hotel's balcony. Rooms are equipped with contemporary features, and several rooms offer private balconies that overlook the picturesque Todos os Santos Bay.

Salvador Transportation

Salvador currently has a small metro system that consists of one line, though expansion is underway. Salvador also boasts a bus system that can transport commuters throughout the city. Still, the best way currently to get around this urban area is by car. The city's major avenues will transport you all along the coast and into the historic district. You can also traverse much of the hottest tourist spots, such as Pelourinho, by foot. This makes it easier to take in all the wonderful examples of early colonial Portuguese architecture and stumble upon the many interesting cafes and restaurants in the area.

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