Are you coming to Salvador for a week or two and need a place to stay? Want to avoid the chaos of Pelourinho and the high costs of Barra? Interested in staying with a family?
Well, why don't you come stay with us! I am an expat American married to a Brazilian and we have a 6 year old son. Dois de Julho is an historic neighborhood located about 15 minutes walk from Pelourinho, right in the center of the city. We are renting out our guest room, which is on the first floor and has a bathroom right next door. The location is ideal for anyone wanting to take classes at the Escola de Dança in Pelourinho or train Capoeira in Pelouinho or at FICA or ACANNE, both of which are located here in Dois de Julho.
Here at our house you would have access to our kitchen and living/dining room. We have a washing machine, we charge R$5 a load to wash clothing, which then can be hung on the line to dry. We have wireless internet in-house, and a computer available if you don't have a wireless device. Suitable for a couple (it's a double bed). We are not located on the beach, the closest beach is in Barra, which is a short bus/cab ride away. Smokers OK but you have to smoke outside on the patio!
Dois de Julho is an old and historic neighborhood. Jorge Amado, author and one of Bahia's favorite sons, set the novel 'Dona Flor and her two husbands' here, and it was also home to the poet Castro Alves. Once an upscale location, it has ridden the booms and busts of Brazil's economy. A recent, poorly conceived renovation has fallen into disrepair as there is no budget to maintain it. However, the largo is home to many things: our street has two music studios and there is a luthier around the corner - there are performance spaces and a musical venue. There are also lots of restaurants, two small supermarkets, a pharmacy, a dvd rental store, an art supply store, a graffiti supply store, a pizzeria, a dollar store, and several shops selling craft supplies. There are fruit and vegetable stands, a yoga studio, a bike shop, and even a center for traditional Chinese medicine. There are at least three bakeries in operation here. Pelourinho, malls, and movie theaters are within easy walking distance, as are the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) and the Museum of Sacred Art (Museu de Arte Sacra). The largo is home to doctors and lawyers, artists and musicans, but also has inexpensive boarding houses that are home to many people of much more modest income. The largo also has its share of homeless people and dogs, drunks, drug addicts, and assorted troublemakers. The streets are narrow, paved with old fashioned paving stones, and most of them, ours included, have at least one humble bar that can get loud, particularly on the weekends. A friend of mine from New York City who has been coming to Bahia for thirty years claims Dois de Julho as his favorite neighborhood in all of Salvador, due to its unique character and location in the city center. I personally couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the city.
The room is on the first floor, located between the living room and the first floor bathroom. The window lets onto the air shaft in the center of the house. There is a rod to hang shirts and a small, five drawer dresser. The room has a ceiling fan and mosquito net.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Hôte presque toujours absent. Nous avons été accueillis par un autre couple de voyageurs qui nous a informé sur le fonctionnement (porte, où étendre le linge...). Chambre sans fenêtre, claustrophobe s'abstenir. Sinon Mark réagit efficacement aux demandes (commander un taxi...)
Mark and his family are great people, really welcoming and living in a beautiful flat!
The district is great too, cheap food, a lot of stores just around the corner. And the bed was good!
I'm definitely coming back :)
This was a nice room with a shared bathroom in a family home. It has a bit of street noise and one can hear the conversation of neighbors but that is normal as the home is in the middle of the cit.y
Mark and his family are really nice, helpful and easy-going people! Clean house, comfortable room, great location within Salvador. I can only recommend!
This is a great spot to feel the pulse of urban Salvador.
As soon as I arrived I felt at ease with the informality of the house, and delighted with this animated part of the city. You are well placed to head out to all parts of the city (although mastering the bus system is a challenge since many routes are circular, and thus what is says on the front might also be the point of origin. But for me getting lost was part of the fun as I discovered obscure parts of the city I doubt I'll ever find again.)
Mark, Evane and their son Lucas are welcoming; and you integrate into the running of the house without difficulty (which included Lucas hammering me at his computer games and announcing that my carefully prepared spaghetti sauce was 'disgusting' merely on inspection ..! )
Enquirers should make themselves aware that the accommodation is modest and the house's location at first can appear challenging - and so if you have devoted your holiday to relaxing somewhere idyllic, you may need to review your plans!
But for me, I have rarely if ever had such an interesting time in a city where I found myself in a ideal spot to people-watch and witness the joy, bravery and goodwill of the people of the Largo. (You should be aware that in the evening the area is home to the occasional transvestite, addicts, and the mildly insane. And as such, I felt quite at home.).
Mark and his family have been very friendly during our stay in Salvador. The house is close to Salvador main points of interest. The room and the bathroom were clean and confortable. Last, price is very good for the quality of their offer! We thank them warmly and definitly recommend them!
My experience at Mark's was precisely what I was looking for--an authentic Salvadorean experience. I traveled alone and was on a budget so it was important to me that I felt comfortable and safe where I was...and I felt right at home at Mark's! His wife was delightful and I befriended the couple staying in the room next door (they had been in Salvador for almost one month at that point). Everyone took really good care of me--helping me get oriented and then pointing me to the richest cultural experiences possible. I explored much of the city by foot and taxi and really benefited from the central location of Mark's home. I highly recommend staying at Mark's if you're looking for a cozy, convenient location and the chance to meet a great family.
If you want to experience being a local, stay at Mark's place! His area has such a character that it would really grow on you! Close to a lot of restos and supermarkets and basically everything you need! The room i stayed in was too comfortable tho that i did not want to leave! Lol! Mark is great too! Wish i stayed longer!
Um quarto confortável, um banheiro espaçoso, uma cozinha muito legal, além de contar com ambientes bastante higiênicos, limpos, o hóspede de Mark e de sua simpática família ficará extremamente satisfeito por estar numa área central de Salvador/BA, onde se pode ver a Bahia, como ela é. Recomendo a todos!!
Mark und seine Familie sind sehr angenehm; das Wohnviertel ist mitten im "echten" brasilianischen Leben (keine Touristen), wir hatten zu keiner Zeit Probleme mit der Sicherheit, man kann von hier angenehm zu Fuß zum Campo Grande laufen bzw. tagsüber nach Pelourinho; auch das Goethe Institut ist in Laufreichweite, diverse Busse (incl. Flughafenbus) fahren direkt vor der Tür, es gibt sehr viele und gute Einkaufmöglichketen rund um die Uhr direkt vor dem Haus, nachts sollte man ein Taxi als bevorzugtes Verkehrsmittel nutzen um in der Stadt als Neuankömmling sich fortzubewegen, da das Bussystem noch optimierungsbedarf hat
Thank you Mark