I'm living in São Paulo but I have this little studio in Salvador, Bahia, where I have lived for 18 years. It's a small loft ideal for a sinale or a couple, located in Dois de Julho, the central district in Salvador, 5 minutes walking to MAM (Bahia Modern Museum of Art) - you can swin at the small beach within the Park of Sculptures beside the Bahia Marina. Every Saturday at sunset has a jam session with local jazz bands, very good sound. You also can go to Pelourinho, 15 minutes walking - historic center night life, concerts and restaurants and either 15 minutes by bus / taxi to Porto da Barra, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - calm seas, warm and transparent.
This loft consists of a mezzanine with double futon bed and fan (no air conditioner), bathroom, small kitchen to prepare breakfast and quick meals and veranda with an amazing view of the sea and the Bay of All Sants. Place is lush and sunny. The sunset takes place around 18 hours right in front, on our porch. A beautiful image that you can enjoy lying in a hammock. The location is ideal for a person or couple, travelers wanting a real sense of the city life.
Dois de Julho is an old and historic neighborhood, characterized by narrow streets, paved with old fashioned paving stones, baroque architecture mixed with modern architecture, dogs and children playing in front of their houses. You can walk quietly up to the Largo (one block from home) and will find a sort of restaurants of homemade food (good and cheap), small markets, a pharmacy, fruit and vegetable stands and bakeries. There are public transport buses to almost all other neighborhoods and taxi ranks as well.
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El pequeño Estudio de Patt, es bello demás!, acogedor y con un diseño hermoso y muy creativo, nos sentimos con mi novio como en nuestra casa, fue como un sueño, la vista y lo bello del lugar en incomparable!, sin dejar atrás lo céntrico y de fácil acceso.
Patricia is an amazingly kind and considerate hostess. There was a maintenance issue prior to my arrival that she closely monitored throughout my stay to ensure my comfort.
The loft is bright, cheerful, pristine and incredibly insect free! There are no windows, so I expected a few pesky varmints, however, other than the neighbors cat stopping by to investigate me once, I was not bothered by any pests. Citronella and mosquito netting kept the mossies at bay.
As you can see from the pics, the view is stunning! I did have to wrench myself away from that picturesque seascape each morning.
Because the studio is windowless, the scents and sounds of the neighbors flow in as though they're in the studio with you. The neighbor's parrot mimics the cry of a baby. (It took me a full day to figure that out).
The neighborhood is nestled perfectly in the bustling historic district without being in the midst of tourist traffic. Attractions and public transportation are only a few minutes away by foot.
Standard precautions assured my safety walking through the neighborhood, so I never felt threatened.
Pat's place is delightful little retreat for a couple or a solo traveler.
The loft is very nicely decorated. Great view on the marina. It is close (15 min walk) to main tourist attractions.
Be aware that there are no glass windows so you will hear the noise from outside (although the area was not noisy when we stayed there) and be exposed to mosquitoes. Also, it is safest to take a taxi at night to go back to the place.
It was a very nice experience for me to live in Pat's beautyful apartment for a few days... I arrived late in the evening and she arranged a friend who gave me the keys at the airport...the quartier centro is close to the tourist center pelorinho. It's a 15min walk. Nearby the apartment is a small market and typical restaurants. I felt save in the area but some might prefer a taxi. The apartment is very nice with Ocean view!
I stayed at Pats studio apartment for just over a month. It was a good experience for me.
Likes: The view from the balcony is fantastic, and Pat has really tastefully and artistically decorated the apartment to make it feel both modern and rustic. The area is very active during the weekdays, and you'll be greeted with the sounds and smells of the average Brazilian marketplace: beef, chicken, fish, veggies, and fruit all laid out for sale. And if you can't make it to the large grocery store, have many small stores to buy anything else you need. I was able to support my fruit fetish very easily. There are also lots of great little restaurants in the area around Ave Sete de Setembro if you're up for some exploring. Pat also changed the shower head for me when I let her know the hot water wasn't working properly. Also was able to walk to many different parts of the city from there, from Pelourinho to Barra and beyond. Buses were easily available and accessible.
Challenges: mosquitoes galore, there is no escaping them in Salvador, and at the studio, the windows and doors don't have any netting or glass barrier so you'll be bitten all through the day unless you burn citronella continuously. Bought a mosquito net which helped for sleeping. Secondly, since there is no glass over the windows or doors, all sounds and smells from neighbors activities came through as though they were right next to my head (e.g. cats fighting, dogs baking, pet birds, telephone and general conversation, cars), and I got a few visits from other outside insects and cat. Internet was not constant throughout apt area, making it difficult to make internet calls, watch video, etc. it was best for just email activities and light browsing and also went out a couple of times during my trip. Lastly the area is pretty deserted on the weekends which made it difficult to feel comfy and safe 'roaming the streets' as I love to do, but I managed.
All in all a good experience. Would stay there again. Worked for my needs.
とってもセンスの良い家です！そしてtodos os santos湾の素晴らしい景色が毎日見ることができ、とても満足した滞在でした。近くにスーパーがありますし、露店の果物屋さん・魚屋さんも出店し、活気のあるところです。でも家の中は静かですよ。もちろんブラジル料理の食堂、ベジレストラン、中華のポルキロなどなど、食べるのも困りません。セントロまでも10分くらい。
Infelizmente precisei fazer uma viagem e não pude conhecer Izumi pessoalmente mas senti pelo comentário feito por ela e que tomei a liberdade de traduzir abaixo que sua estadia foi agradável e feliz. Que bom! A intenção é essa: que as pessoas que passem por aqui levem boas recordações. Obrigada, Izuminha! Grande abraço, boa sorte e boas viagens!
"É um bom senso em casa, mesmo se eu levá-lo! E foi ficar é possível ver todos os dias uma excelente vista sobre a baía de Todos os Santos, foi muito feliz. Há um supermercado nas proximidades, e uma loja de frutas, barraca do peixeiro também aberturas de lojas, é o lugar onde você viva. Mas em casa é tranquilo. Etc. Porukiro cafeteria cozinha do Brasil, Restaurante Vegetariano, chinesa, comer nem curso conturbado. Centro, também a cerca de 10 (website hidden) gostei (website hidden) também gostaria de ficar."
Super sympa! Endroit mimi et chaleureux: un petit nid douillet et une hôtesse présente et discrète tout à la fois! Merci Pat!
Salvador est une ville aux énergies très contrastées ! musique, fêtes, et plages superbes ... mais aussi une histoire très présente et parfois pesante. Salvador a son caractère propre.
L'appartement a beaucoup de caractère lui aussi. J'ai vraiment apprécié me laisser bercer dans le hamac, les yeux posés tranquillement sur la marina et un peu plus loin, sur la baie de tous les saints, au moment du coucher de soleil. Le quartier est très animé, très populaire; On se sent vraiment plongé dans la vie brésilienne. Cependant, les consignes de sécurité laissé par notre hôte ne sont pas à prendre à la légère. Si vous devez changer de quartier après la tombée de la nuit, y'a pas à réfléchir : le taxi!