Pestana Convento do Carmo Hotel
What We Love
- The restaurant and bar tucked in a large, arcaded, tree-filled courtyard (the original cloister)
- A sympathetic conversion with very spacious rooms that honor the original layout of the building
- A small but pretty pool (originally a large fountain), which is great for cooling off.
What To Know
- Security can be an issue in Salvador. Leave your expensive camera and jewelry at home and dress down when you go out
- Always take pre-booked taxis at night, or hire a guide/driver
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Elegant, old-world Brazil, so don’t expect bikinis and bling in here. Care has been taken not to overwhelm the architecture of the building, so the design is tasteful but conservative, allowing the wood and stone floors, beamed ceilings and decorative tiling to catch your eye. Public areas have slouchy sofas covered in paisleys or brocades, rugs strewn across flagstone floors, 19th-century oil paintings on the stuccoed walls, and heavy merlot-colored curtains at the windows.
Bed and Bath
Spacious and low key. Dark wooden floors are complemented by plain white walls, a color scheme that is echoed in the marble bathrooms. The large beds have 300-thread count Egyptian-cotton linen, and there is a pillow menu should you wish to use it; occasionally a modern version of a four poster is on offer. There may be a splash of blue, green or ochre in a lampshade, a door, or a brocaded chaise longue, but otherwise these are cozy, unfussy rooms.
Unwind in the hotel’s small Spa L’Occitane, which has a sauna and a small team of therapists offering a standard range of massages and beauty treatments. Traditional Brazilian-Portuguese cuisine is served in the restaurant as well as south American and international wines. You’ll rub shoulders with local businessmen who come to eat in the sophisticated, clubby space. The bar on the other side is great at any time of day, but is especially welcoming for a nightcap. It’s quiet and cool here, and you can take a midnight dip in the shallow pool before retiring to bed.
In the Area
Soak up the vibe and the glorious architecture of the Pelourinho on your doorstep. You’re minutes from the main square, the Largo do Pelourinho, the Catedral Basilica, the extraordinary Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos, a church built by and for African slaves, and a host of smaller baroque churches, bars, cafes, craft shops and galleries. You’ll see plenty of women wandering around in traditional Bahian dress, and at night there is live music and capoeira at virtually every street corner. Salvador is built on two levels (high and low). To reach the lower city, take the Lacerdia Elevator, and explore the beachside areas. Hire a guide through the hotel and you can see the best of Salvador in a day.
How to Get There
I liked it, location is unbeatable for anyone wanting to stay in the historic part of Salvador. I enjoyed breakfast. Yes, the rooms are worn but I thought it was comfortable. The bed mattress is strange but I slept well, though my dad felt otherwise. Friendly staff. Staff doesn’t speak English or Spanish , so freshen up on your Portuguese.
This is truly the epitome of hospitality. Located in a beautifully restored 17th century convent in the heart of historical Salvador, this hotel offers the most modern amenities and a superb service.
Breakfast served in one of the convent's two cloisters offers exotic fruit and fruit juices, brazilian cakes and pastries in addition to the usual breakfast items on a daily basis. The food was excellent and available from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM. After breakfast, guests can relax by a pleasant circular pool and enjoy the luxurious vegetation. Drinks are also available by pool side.
Although there were very minor issues with housekeeping that were quickly and satisfactorily resolved, every member of the staff, especially the concierge, was dedicated to satisfy guests' inquiries and requests for help. They recommended excellent neighborhood restaurants, organized transportation, highlighted available cultural events as well as buildings of historical interest.
A sauna and a jacuzzi are also available for guests.
In summary, my stay at this hotel was the undisputed highlight of my trip. I recommend very highly this property to any future visitor to Salvador, Bahia
I have always wanted to stay in this hotel for its history however the Pestana group is not looking after and respecting the heritage of the building as they should.
The service still good, the staff is trying their best to close the holes left by years of no maintenance and lack of care.
Pestana group what have you done with such an iconic place, it’s dirty, old, smelly and the breakfast is the worst I have ever had....sorry but I felt robbed.