About this listing
Sunny room in the center of Salvador with two beds: one double and one single. Sleeps up to 3 people. Located in the historic neighborhood of 2 de Julho, close to the Pelourinho. We are an expat American, his Bahian wife, and our 10 year old son.
The photos of this room are a bit out of date, the sofa bed has been removed and now there is a real double bed with a comfortable mattress. The room also received a fresh coat of paint and the soundproofing has been improved. The room is at the front of the house, which means it is a bit noisier but has more windows. The room now has two mosquito nets.
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 9 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!
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Guests have access to the downstairs of the house, which includes the kitchen, dining/living room, and patio, as well as the two rooms we rent out.
Interaction with Guests
Since we live in the house, we interact a lot with our guests. It's a great opportunity for my son to practice his English, and we enjoy getting to know travelers from all over the world. However, we don't generally make big meals that we can share with our guests, and our bedrooms are upstairs, which often leaves the downstairs free for our guests.
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.
As the house is located in the center of the city, there is easy access to city buses to all parts of the city, and the Lapa bus terminal is a short walk from the house. There is a taxi stand right on the corner.
Other Things to Note
We are not located on the beach, the closest beach is in Barra, which is a short bus/cab ride away.
No overnight guests allowed. Moderate drinking is allowed, but falling-down, blacking-out drinking is not. No drugs. Daytime guests are okay, but please inform us if someone is coming by. Use of the house computer is limited to one hour per day per guest. WiFi use is UNLIMITED. Guests are responsible for their own safety and security when they leave the house. We do not wear shoes in the house, but this rule is optional for guests.
The kitchen is off limits to guests between 9 AM and 1 PM. Bottled water is available for guests for use in the house, if you would like to fill up bottles/camelbacks to take out of the house, we request a contribution towards the cost of the water. Washing machine is availiable for R$5 per load.
From Sep 1 - Dec 14, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Plenty of light, but the street can be noisy during the day. This photo is a bit out of date. The sofa bed has been replaced with a double bed with a very comfortable mattress. This room now has two mosquito nets.
Min kæreste, Jeg og min kærestes mor boede hos Mark og hans familie i 3 nætter i August 2015, og havde et rigtig fint ophold. Mark arbejdede i løbet af dagen, mens hans kone gik hjemme, så hende så vi meget til. De er begge rigtig søde og hjælper så snart der er brug for det. De har gratis drikkevand, gode køkken og bad faciliteter, fine senge og så kan man få vasket tøj for R$5. Selve området de bor i er livligt og ligger lige ved siden af frugtmarked, supermarked, shopping og 10 min. gang til Pelourinho, som er det historiske centrum.
Mark's place is very well located, in 2 de julho, close to Pelourinho and the centre as well as bus stops to other parts of the city. There are several places to hang out in close proximity too (like bars, restaurants and bakeries) and a ponto de taxi right in the corner. Mark and his wife were welcoming and happy to provide tips when we needed. The room was as seen on photos. Just one small downside: you may find the room that is on the side of the street a little noisy, but that's because the house is centrally located. Overall experience positive! Thanks Mark!
Mark and his wife are very nice people. The room is located in a popular neighborhood, there is a great market just near the house. Thank you for the hospitality!
Mark made us feel very welcome. He was very flexible regarding our arrival and departure time. We had a few problems with our motorbike and he tried to help us with that.
The location is quite central and in walking distance to the sea and the historic centre Pelourinho. Also, there are several minimarkets and food shops around.
Mark is a great host! Unlike some others he does not just pretend to make us happy, but he actually did! He has quite some rules, but all of them are reasonable. There are three best things about staying at the place of Mark and his family - 1) he will always help you if you ask for help. We asked a lot and Mark always did everything he could to help us. 2) the place is really clean! Especially bathroom is very pleasant and it was a pleasure to have a shower there (again, unlike some other places in Brazil when you do not want to go to the bathroom because you do not feel right about it) + there is a mosquito net above the bed, which is super. 3) on the way from the bus stop there are a lot of fruit sellers (and a great backery). Cheap and delightfull fruits every day! To the other advantages, there is a drinking water and a filtered one. Everything works perfectly, no problems.
To the cons, it might be the location because it is not super safe (nothing is safe in Salvador:)), I guess better would be only in really center area in Pelourinho. However, a taxi from the elevator costs 10 reais, so the location is almost the best and it is advisable to use taxis in the dark only.
Marc and his family are lovely. The room, the flat and the location are also very nice and close to interesting sights.
Marc gave us good information and was always helpful for our questions.
I can totally recommend it!
A casa é bem localizada, próximo ao centro histórico, boa conexão de wifi. Evani e Mark são muito simpáticos e acolhedores.
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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 :)