Come spend Carnaval with our family! I am an American living in Brazil with my Brazilian wife and our 6 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 is a copy of our listing www.airbnb.com/rooms/808767, which we use only for the Carnaval period and also for the World Cup in 2014. Please refer to that listing for the much nicer, professional Airbnb photos!
This room is our living room, which has been adapted for Airbnb purposes. There is a sofa bed that sleeps two people (cozily) and a single bed with a new mattress. 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!
The price is R$140 per night for the first two people, the third guest (if there is one) pays an additional R$50 per night.
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!
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.