This room recently (October 2013) received an upgrade. We removed the sofa bed, and installed a real bed with a comfortable mattress. The room also received a fresh coat of paint and the soundproofing has been improved. The single bed has a new mattress. The room is at the front of the house, which means it is a bit noisier but has more windows.
The price is R$50 per night for the first two people, the third guest (if there is one) pays an additional R$20 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, 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
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!
I had to alter my plans for Salvador so I did not stay, but Mark was very helpful and responsive during booking phase. He wants to ensure that you get the most out of your stay.
Great place to stay. Mark is a great host - helpful and knowledgeable. Sharing an interest in art, he helped us make some wonderful connections.
The neighborhood is special - non-touristy with fine places to eat, many fruit sellers and friendly people. And very convenient to get to the main points of interest in the city.
Definitely a excellent place to stay in Salvador.
My entire experience in Salvador has been about family, culture, and language immersion. From the front room of Mark's house, you can hear the flow of the neighborhood. Great for nosy people, and folks who want to HEAR the sounds of the city, and the way people talk.
Living with a family has turned out to be a great experience for us—lots of laughing and joking and sharing stories. I felt that we were reconnecting, perhaps from another space and time.
Dois de Juhlo is indeed a vibrant neighborhood with a lots of food—fresh fruit and vegetable stands, eateries, shopping etc. It is so VERY dense with human activity, that you might just have have to sit in the plaza to take it all in! This is a great neighborhood for people-watching.
Salvador is hot, but the street that Mark and Evani live on is very cool. Even on the hottest afternoons, the house is cool, and the room is cool.
We walked a lot in the city, and took buses at lot—and the occasional taxi. Wherever in the city we went, it was always a treat to return home to a nice environment, cook a meal, check some emails, and retire to a super comfortable bed!
Mark was really fast at replying all the mails, unfortunately he was traveling at the time so we didn't meet. His place it very clean, comfortable and convenient. The neighbourhood has everything a traveller needs nearby- supermarket, bakery, restaurants, markets and it's only a 10 min walk from the old town. The only little downside is that it can bit a bit noisy on the street in the evening, but it usually quietens down by 11:30pm but it starts really early around 8 in the morning again. Over all a great price for what you get.
Bon accueil de la part de la famille, chambre un peu humide (c'est un rez-de-chaussée). Maison propre située dans un quartier populaire du Salvador qui a l'avantage de se trouver près du Centre Historique et du Port.
excellent room in a really popular area!mark is very nice and his familly is lovely!i definitely recommend this place!!!
Mark has a really nice familly. It's just sad that his wife only speaks portugues when I don't.
I really enjoied staying there as Mark is really helping, ginving you tips on where to get good and cheap food..., and as the room is exactly as on the pictures.
We stayed with Mark's family twice. His place it very clean, comfortable and convenient. The neighbourhood has everything a traveller needs nearby- supermarket, bakery, restaurants, laundromat, markets and it's only a short taxi ride to the old town. The only little downside is that it can bit a bit noisy on the street in the evening, but it usually quietens down by 11:30pm. Overall, we had a great stay at Mark's place. Thanks again!