This sunny room has two beds with new mattresses. In a house with a family and other international guests, located in the center of the city and close to Pelourinho.
Come spend Carnaval with our family! I am an American living in Brazil with my Brazilian wife and our 10 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.
This room is our living room, which has been adapted for Airbnb purposes. There is a double bed and a single bed with new mattresses. The room is at the front of the house, which means it is a bit noisier but has more windows. All the other amenities are the same!
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 6 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, and we charge R$5 a load to wash clothing, which must be air dried. 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!
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.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
No overnight, non-registered 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 12. 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.
Très bon séjour passé chez Mark. La localisation est parfaite, proche des quartiers touristiques et des commerces. Je recommande vivement cet hôte à toute personne voulant passer quelques jours à Salvador.
J'apporterais néanmoins deux bémols:
Quand Mark n'est pas là (ce qui a été le cas pendant notre séjour), il est très difficile de communiquer en anglais avec les hôtes. Alors que pour nous c'était a priori un des plus.
Nous pensions avant d'arriver que la chambre que nous louions était la seule de la maison et que nous serions les seuls invités. Nous nous attendions donc à avoir une grande proximité avec nos hôtes (conseils, repas communs, discussions sur la vie quotidienne, etc...) Or ce n'était pas le cas. Nous avions certainement mal compris l'annonce et une vérification auprès de Mark aurait pu lever cette incompréhension (les tords sont donc essentiellement de notre côté).
Quoiqu'il en soit cela restera un très agréable séjour. Salvador est une belle étape pour un voyage au Brésil et la maison de Mark est un excellent point de chute.
It was a joy to be able to spend a week at Mark's place. He was very helpful and welcoming, Lucas is a great kid and we were left in the more than capable hands of his lovely wife whose nutritious breakfasts were a real luxury. The place has a unique feel, being halfway between a small hostel and a cosy, secure family home! I'd definitely recommend it. The area is vibrant and lively and has some great bars and restaurants, is within walking distance of Pelourinho (take a taxi at night though!) and will give you an experience of the real Salvador, without a doubt.
Great place! Great location! Great atmosphere! Amazing breakfast! Two thumbs up!!!!
We stayed with the Pfohl's for 10 days over the carnival period and must say that we'd without a doubt do it again!
Initial response to enquiries and communication thereafter was prompt and helpful.
If you're looking for a location that is central and bang in the heart of Salvador's bustle then this is the place for you!
The locals are hospitable and we soon made friends with one of shopkeepers round the corner.
The accommodation is clean and comfortable with towels supplied!
Our hosts were obliging and made us feel at home.
My experience with Mark and his family was great!!
The house was even better than I expected, and it covered all my needs for my 6 days during carnival. I stayed by myself in a room with a queen size bed and although it has only a small window on the top, it was fine. The ceiling fan has two directions, which is good since I prefer to have it reversed for sleeping. Bathroom was right next to my room, I had online access and the house was clean and organized. Evani is supper nice; Lucas is the live of the party and Mark, knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating.
I did not spend too much time inside since was carnival and I wanted to see it all but I really enjoyed my conversations with Mark, from politics to art and all in between.
I would rent again if back in Salvador.
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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 :)