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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 -- make sure your plane doesn't arrive late.
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 have had several requests made by "unmarried romantic interests" to stay in the same room. Since we are a Catholic religious community, we require you to book separate rooms in this case - we bill by the person and not by the room anyway, so there is no financial burden involved. Thank you for understanding. This also goes for "friends" of the opposite sex requesting to stay in the same room. We only allow sibling, parent-child, same gender friends (not romantically involved), or married couples (in the eyes of the Catholic church) to share a room. Please address any questions on this subject to br. Francis.
We will not tolerate any scandal brought upon our community by one of our guests. Any scandalous activity will cause us to make a claim on the security deposit - and in extreme cases to ask the guest to leave. Examples include (but are not limited to): making wildly excessive noise, behavior indicative of alcohol or drug abuse, promiscuity, etc.
We maintain quiet hours between 10:30pm and 6:30am. Any noise, or door-bell ringing during these hours will be cause for a claim on the security deposit. A lost key will also result in a claim on the security deposit.
No smoking or pets.
Really a interesting and unique place to stay. Recommended. Maybe a 15 min walk to the main square. A fantastic and very helpful man working on site was walked me halfway to the arena forte nova when I was running late for the game. I owe him big time!
Excellent stay! The monastery is quiet and peaceful place with simple room. I would stay again because I found the time to relax without all the distractions.
Rapide sejour a Salvador mais qui restera dans notre memoire! Le monastere est un lieu incroyable : parfait pour trouver calme, securite et serenite. Le lieu reste basique mais confortable, fidele a la description de l annonce. L accueil de Frere Francis Therese et des autres Freres a ete tres chaleureux. Une dame partageait l etage avec nous et s est assure que nous ne manquions de rien. Bref adresse a fortement recommander!
Clean safe accomodation located in a beautiful monastery!
If you are looking for a unique Salvador experience, the Convent 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" located in an old convent. Brother Francis, the American who coordinates the "guesthouse," is a great guy -- but all the Brothers are friendly. (Just be respectful of their house rules.)
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...lots of interesting architectural detail -- everything is original including the screens/shutters on all the windows to protect the privacy of the cloistered nuns even during mass... ... there is a beautiful chapel located within the convent. The convent needs to be rehabbed -- but for me, this simply added to the feeling of authenticity...This is not a convent as pictured by "Disney" or one of the Whoopi Goldberg movies...this is the real deal..
But 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 for an additional charge if you make prior arrangements-- the food is great because of Consa, the cook.
Since this is working monastery and not a hotel or hostel, guests must respect the moral rules and traditions of the church -- i.e. unmarried, unrelated (non-family) persons of opposite sex must stay in different rooms. This is their house and their rules -- - so you need to respect this limitation. (In any case, they will charge you the same price). Also, they give you a key -- so you can come home late -- just try not to make a whole lot of noise
The Convent is located within an easy walk of the historical district of Pelourinho -- but not in Pelourinho. This is good if you want to avoid the noise of staying right in Pelourinho. The Convent is not located close to a beach -- but you can walk to Praca da Se and catch a bus which takes you to Barra beach and beyond. (Check your maps) Salvador, like other Brazilian cities, can be dangerous. The Convent is not in a particularly safe or dangerous part of town. I would not recommend walking around alone at night. Better to take a cab to the Convent if you are out late.
For arrivals -- make sure your plane doesn't arrive late. They don't do "check-ins" after 8:00 pm or so.
Un lieu simple mais où l'accueil est tout simplement excellent.
Les frères ont peu de moyens pour maintenir ce lieu plein de caractère donc ne pas s'attendre à du grand luxe.
Nous avons été complètement satisfaits de notre séjour, Fr Francis est disponible pour la moindre question, et à noter tous les frères parlent différentes langues y compris le français!
Pour ceux qui recherchent le calme et un endroit véritablement singulier le couvent est l'endroit idéal.
Prévoir un bon plan du quartier en arrivant, le taxi a fait tout le tour du Pelourinho avant de trouver car ne connaissait pas la rue (quartier Santo Antonio)
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About the Host, Br. Francis Therese
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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