About this listing
2 beds available in a shared room for Carnaval. These are single beds in a bunk bed. The room will sleep up to 6 people total. We are a Brazilian/American couple and their 9 year old son who have been renting rooms for years.
Come spend Carnaval and the World Cup with our family! I am an American living in Brazil with my Brazilian wife and our 9 year old son. We've been renting beds for years now and can provide lots of advice as to what to do and what to avoid during the Carnaval season. Although we all like to have fun and the beer and caipirinhas will be flowing, we do ask that any hard-core partyers think twice about staying here.
Dorm beds are R$90 a night on two bunk-beds. A fantastic breakfast spread is included. All rooms have ceiling fans. Drinking OK, smoking fine on the patio (my wife smokes), please no drugs.
Wireless available in house, and 1 hr. internet time per day on our computer. Bring your laptop or other wireless device for unlimited access!
We are located in the center of the city, just off the 'Avenida/Campo Grande' parade route and a 15 minute walk to Pelourinho. Barra is also within walking distance although it's farther. All services in easy walking distance from our house: restaurants, pharmacy, etc.
Feel free to user our kitchen to cook, and our living/dining room to hang out. We have a washing machine, we charge R$5 per load.
Additional days can be reserved before and after the Carnaval/World Cup period at a rate of R$50/day, contact us for availability. A locking steel cabinet (not in the room) is available for valuables.
Kitchen, living/dining area, patio
Interaction with Guests
We share the common areas and are generally around if we are not working. We are always available to answer questions, etc.
Dois de Julho is an old and historic neighborhood, Jorge Amado, author and Bahia's favorite son, 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 house is in the center of the city and public transport as well as taxis are readily available for places that are not within walking distance.
No overnight guests allowed. Moderate drinking is allowed, but falling-down, blacking-out drinking is not. Guests who do not respect this rule will be asked to leave and will not receive a refund. No drugs. Daytime guests are okay, but please inform us if someone is coming by. Breakfast will be served from 9 to 11. Use of the house computer is limited to one hour per day per guest. WiFi use is unlimited. Additional days can be reserved before and after the Carnaval period at a rate of R$50/day, contact us for availability. Guests are responsible for their own safety and security when they leave the house. No curfew - someone will be available to open the door 24 hours. A locking steel cabinet is available for any valuables guests would prefer to lock up.
Everything was exactly as I expected. The room conditions fully met my need. The location is perfect, close to Pelourinho and the area I was interested in for the Carnival period.
I was treated like family.
Mark, Evanie and Lucas are an amazing and beautiful family that made my experience in Brazil not only memorable because of the carnaval but because of their hospitality and genuineness.
My room and bed were really comfortable and clean. I was even given a towel on my bed!
The location has such a local feel, and everything in close proximity as far as supermarkets, restaurants and near major avenues to catch a bus/taxi.
Breakfast was great! Lots of fresh cut fruits, bread and many options to make a small sandwich, coffee, cake, different homemade juice everyday.
The made their home feel like home for not just me, but everyone else who stayed there.
Saudades de voces!
Thanks for the warmly hosted stay during Carnaval!
I wish we'd had more time to chat - Mark has some cool stories about Capoeira as well as about things in the art world and you should also visit his shop and see some of his art in the streets. His family is generous and friendly. His kid can be hyper at times, but I spose just enjoying his youth - you should ask to see his kung fu =)
I was in the 2nd floor room, and I was lucky enough that I ended up having the room to myself on the 2nd floor. Fan is great, quiet. House is clean and well kept, everything needed is accessible. I used the kitchen, computer, bathrooms, laundry/clothelines, and occasionally hung out outside on the downstairs back area when Evani and friends were kicking it with a beer and chatting. People are welcoming and the breakfast was nice during Carnaval.
For Carnaval, you can get to the main streets to see the action very close. I personally didn't like being in the area unless I was with another friend/group, so that is my preference (though, all of Salvador has various unsavory charactors so it's not isolated to that part of town and Mark will tell you proper cautions). Daytime was nicer for me. I did like that, after Carnaval, it was a great location as all the shops and outdoor vendors were in full force and great to do a lil shopping around there and a short ~15 min walk to Pelourinho as well. Also near bus stops and Mercado Modelo.
I also ended up having some unexpected airplane arrival issues that Mark was kind enough to help figure out and his friend Dias is a recommended taxi driver.
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About the Host, Mark
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 :)