This is a copy of our highly popular guest room, specifically for the week of Carnaval and also for the World Cup in June and July of 2014. We rent for the entire week, 1300 reais, for up to two people.
Please refer to the other listing for better photos - professional Airbnb quality!!
Our standard spiel:
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, we charge R$5 a load to wash clothing, which then can be hung on the line to dry. 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.
The room is on the first floor, located between the living room and the first floor bathroom. The window lets onto the air shaft in the center of the house. There is a rod to hang shirts and a small, five drawer dresser. The room has a ceiling fan and mosquito net.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
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!
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.
Mark was an excellent host - very responsive, fun to chat to, and his house is great. Mark was so helpful that he stood outside in the rain for 30 minutes trying to hail us a cab to get to the airport at 3:00 in the morning! (He has cabbie friends who he can usually arrange to have take you to the airport, but the rain was of biblical proportions as his friend was flooded into his neighborhood, though he did call an hour in advance to let us know he wouldn't be able to take us, so I would trust him otherwise).
You can't go wrong staying here!
Mark was a great host and he has a lovely house in a really cool neighbourhood. Arranged a taxi for us from the airport that turned out much cheaper than it would have been if we'd organised it. Gave us some useful advice about safety and the area when we arrived and then answered all our questions throughout our stay.
There were lots of shops, bars and a fruit market very near the place. Was about a 25 min walk from historical centre and less than 10 reais taxi back at night time. Felt safe in the neighbourhood and there was a fun atmosphere especially at the weekend. Really close to the museau de Arte moderne where there was some great jazz on the Saturday night. Biggest issue with the place would be that it was quite noisy, though it didn't cause a problem with us and our impression of Salvador is that the whole place is full of noise so you just need to try and enjoy it!
The room itself was bigger than it looks from the photos and very comfortable. The rest of the house is also very nice and is filled with some really cool art that mark did himself. His wife and kid were also very nice.
The room is clean but noisy. Mark, his wife and cute little child are all very friendly. The house is situated close to the historical center but at night it is advisable you take a cab for safety reasons. The neighbourhood is very lively and has an authentic Brazilian feel. We loved our stay with this family!
Hôte presque toujours absent. Nous avons été accueillis par un autre couple de voyageurs qui nous a informé sur le fonctionnement (porte, où étendre le linge...). Chambre sans fenêtre, claustrophobe s'abstenir. Sinon Mark réagit efficacement aux demandes (commander un taxi...)
Mark and his family are great people, really welcoming and living in a beautiful flat!
The district is great too, cheap food, a lot of stores just around the corner. And the bed was good!
I'm definitely coming back :)
This was a nice room with a shared bathroom in a family home. It has a bit of street noise and one can hear the conversation of neighbors but that is normal as the home is in the middle of the cit.y
Mark and his family are really nice, helpful and easy-going people! Clean house, comfortable room, great location within Salvador. I can only recommend!
This is a great spot to feel the pulse of urban Salvador.
As soon as I arrived I felt at ease with the informality of the house, and delighted with this animated part of the city. You are well placed to head out to all parts of the city (although mastering the bus system is a challenge since many routes are circular, and thus what is says on the front might also be the point of origin. But for me getting lost was part of the fun as I discovered obscure parts of the city I doubt I'll ever find again.)
Mark, Evane and their son Lucas are welcoming; and you integrate into the running of the house without difficulty (which included Lucas hammering me at his computer games and announcing that my carefully prepared spaghetti sauce was 'disgusting' merely on inspection ..! )
Enquirers should make themselves aware that the accommodation is modest and the house's location at first can appear challenging - and so if you have devoted your holiday to relaxing somewhere idyllic, you may need to review your plans!
But for me, I have rarely if ever had such an interesting time in a city where I found myself in a ideal spot to people-watch and witness the joy, bravery and goodwill of the people of the Largo. (You should be aware that in the evening the area is home to the occasional transvestite, addicts, and the mildly insane. And as such, I felt quite at home.).