If you are looking for a unique Salvador experience, the Convento dos Perdões could be the right place for you. You will not be as comfortable or pampered as your friends who stay at a Marriott or an expensive pousada, but you will have much better stories to tell when you get home!
This is a working monastery with 5 "brothers" (Catholic Monks) located in an old convent. Brother Francis (American) coordinates the "guesthouse," and is more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the surrounding area or practical details. He speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. All the brothers in the house speak French in addition to English, and one brother speaks Italian.
The convent is steeped in history -- you can almost feel the presence of the cloistered nuns who lived there. The guest rooms are located in the "cells" formerly occupied by the nuns. The walls are over 12 inches thick, and there are lots of interesting architectural details -- everything is original and has been preserved as a historical monument.
There is a beautiful chapel located within the convent where the brothers celebrate Mass Tuesday through Friday at 6:30pm and on Sunday at 10am. They are more than happy to have guests participate in the life of prayer which also includes the chanting of the psalms three times per day.
The convent needs to be renovated, and the brothers intend to progressively accomplish this renovation with help from the government, donations, and the income from the guesthouse. This is not a convent as pictured by "Disney" or one of the Whoopi Goldberg movies, this is the real deal.
Be prepared: Living conditions are very Spartan: No AC, No TV, No Internet (Internet "LAN House" down the street is open most days 10am - 7:00pm or so) and somewhat sporadic hot water (Salvador is usually so hot that the hot water is not really a problem).
You can eat a delicious lunch with the Brothers every day of the week except Monday for an additional charge if you make prior arrangements. The food is prepared by our cook Dona Conça, who is a native of Salvador.
Since this is working monastery and not a hotel or hostel, guests must respect the moral rules and Traditional values of the Catholic Church -- i.e. unmarried, unrelated (non-family) persons of opposite sex must stay in different rooms. If you are traveling with a romantic partner we cannot have you share the same room -- separate rooms come at no additional cost.
A key will be provided to enable you to come and go as you please, we ask for silence after 10pm so everyone may pass a peaceful night. The Convent is located within an easy walk of the historical district of Pelourinho -- but is not in Pelourinho. It is therefore ideal for those who want a peaceful, quiet, and safe place to relax and sleep.
The Convent is not located close to a beach -- but you can walk to Praça da Sé and catch a bus to a beach in Barra or beyond. (Check your maps) Salvador, like other Brazilian cities, can be dangerous. The part of town in which The Convent is situated is neither particularly dangerous nor particularly safe. It is unadvisable to walk around alone at night. It would be better to return to the Convent by cab if you are out past 9pm. For arrivals, be careful because your flight could be delayed.
If your plane will be arriving after 10pm, you must contact Bahia Metisse ((website hidden)), who will collect you at the airport, give you a ride to the Convento, let you in, and show you to your room. If they are unable to give you a ride, we will not allow you to check in after 10pm and before 6:30am. If for some reason the unforeseen happens and you ring the doorbell after 10pm, we will let you in but will also collect the security deposit.
This is a religious and spiritual environment where we cultivate a dignified and ethical way of life. We cannot tolerate that our guests would bring scandal upon our community in any way. Any scandalous activity will be cause to make a claim on the security deposit. Examples include (but are not limited to): making excessive noise, behavior indicative of alcohol or drug abuse, promiscuity, etc.
No smoking or pets.
We maintain quiet hours between 10pm and 6:30am. Any noise, or door-bell ringing during these hours will be cause for a claim on the security deposit. A lost or unreturned key will also result in a claim on the security deposit.
Br. Francis hat mich freundlich empfangen und meine Tage im Kloster waren sehr schön.
I really enjoyed The Monastery. I did feel like been on 17 century as a 'monje'.
I love Santo Antonio neigborhood.
Everybody was polite and they help me to acomodated my day on Bahía. Por cierto volveré.
I loved staying here. It's in a great location in Salvador - very close to the historic centre, and the convent itself is beautiful making it a truly unique experience. If you don't mind very simple accommodation with no luxuries but a huge amount of character then I highly recommend staying here!
Очень колоритное место. Мне понравилось. Рекомендую. Покормили очень вкусно.
The room was okay, more or less in the center of Salvador. I havent met Brother Francis, because he wos on a trip to Europe.
This was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. If you're adventurous enough to handle it, I absolutely recommend that you stay here. The neighborhood is grungy but charming area in which we had absolutely no harassment. It's a 10-15 minute walk to Pelourinho through cobblestone streets and breathtaking colors.
The accommodations are exactly as described. No frills but that's exactly what you're looking for
The accommodation is very basic, but the place is quiet, and the other people living and staying there friendly and helpful.
The monastery provides a quiet location for reflection, and is within easy distance of other religious sites, as well as a range of restaurants and the amazing vibe that makes Salvador so unique.
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Religious with the Community of Saint John for 10 years. Originally from Austin, Texas. Lived in France for five years. Currently living in Salvador, Brazil with five other brothers from different places.
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