Room in house with Family, Centro
Room in house with Family, Centro

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Room for two in the historic neighborhood of 2 de Julho, in the heart of the city and close to the Pelourinho. We are an expat American, his Bahian wife, and our 11 year old son.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 3
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 1PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $6
Weekly Discount: 14%
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The space

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 9 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!

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!

Guest access

Guests have access to the downstairs of the house, which includes the kitchen, dining/living room, and patio, as well as the two rooms we rent out.

Interaction with guests

Since we live in the house, we interact a fair amount with our guests. It's a great opportunity for my son to practice his English, and we enjoy getting to know travelers from all over the world. However, we don't generally make big meals that we can share with our guests, and our bedrooms are upstairs, which often leaves the downstairs free for our guests.

The neighborhood

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.

Getting around

As the house is located in the center of the city, there is easy access to city buses to all parts of the city, and the Lapa bus terminal is a short walk from the house. There is a taxi stand right on the corner.

Other things to note

We are not located on the beach, the closest beach is in Barra, which is a short bus/cab ride away.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 1PM

No overnight guests allowed. Moderate drinking is allowed, but excessive drinking is not. No drugs. Daytime guests are okay, but please inform us if someone is coming by. Use of the house computer is limited to one hour per day per guest. WiFi use is UNLIMITED. Guests are responsible for their own safety and security when they leave the house. We do not wear shoes in the house, but this rule is optional for guests.

The kitchen is off limits to guests between 9 AM and 1 PM. Bottled water is available for guests for use in the house, if you would like to fill up bottles/camelbacks to take out of the house, we request a contribution towards the cost of the water. Washing machine is availiable for R$5 per load.

Guests who wish to check out in the middle of the night or early in the morning should make arrangements with us regarding the keys. It is not permitted to leave the keys in the mailbox.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

111 Reviews

Check In
We had a great stay at Mark's place in Salvador! The bed was really comfortable and Mark and his wife very helpful and nice! The location is good to explore the city and to eat breakfast or drink a beer at night. We were able to wash clothes for only 5 reais! We would absolutely recommend this place! Thanks Mark!

Sofia Isabel User Profile
February 2017
This place is very comfortable, Evany and Mark are lovely and kind hosts. This is such an authentic residential neighborhood in Salvador, I really felt I got a taste of the city by staying here and experiencing the dynamic of the market, shops and neighbors. Very lively and safe during the day, I would advise using taxi/uber when coming home late at night. All in all, totally recommend it!

Jui User Profile
January 2017
Mark and his whife are both nice People, always open for a Chat. The comunication before check in was very good too. The room was clean as the other open to use parts of the house. Specially the possibility of taking a warm shower in the end of the day without having to fear electric shocks thanks to a gas heater was very nice. We could use the kitchen and the living room and got tips for nice things to do and see in the city. The house is situated in an very old "brasilian" part of the city, a fact that we enjoyed a lot, cause we had a daily fair very near by, little bars, supermarkets, restaurants and other stores that local people visit too, so you can feel a bit how average brasilian people live.

Wojtek User Profile
November 2016
Mark and his family make us feel like a t home from the first moment. The house its self is very colorful and interesting. The location is in about 20 min walk from the historical center. Place I would recommend for the price.

Rowan User Profile
May 2016
This room is incredibly well located, in an authentic and lively neighbourhood, only a 15 minute walk from Pelhourinho. Mark was really useful, giving advice about the safest route walking to Pelhourino. It's true the room can be noisy at night, but this is just part of the experience of living in a bustling area; anyone who has lived in a city before should be able to sleep through any noise.

Johannes User Profile
March 2016
Everything was perfect - Mark gave us some good Tipps how to be save and get around Salvador :)

Frank User ProfileFrank is a superhost.
February 2016
I have been for 3 nights in the house of Mark and everting was very good. The location is very close to the hot-pots of salvador and very close to the bus connections. If you like to feel the authentic Salvador, then is this place the best. The house was clean, with a good bathroom and everybody was very friendly. Thanks very much Norbert

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Salvador, Brazil · Joined in May 2011
Mark User Profile

I'm from Western Massachusetts but have lived in Bahia for almost ten years. I run a small retail art supplies store close to our house and I am also a visual artist who is very interested in street art. I used to train Capoeira, which is what originally brought me here, but now I do more biking and running for exercise. My wife is a big fan of Samba music (in all of its variations) and my son likes kung fu - and riding bikes with his dad :)

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