About this listing
Simple, open and fresh with amazing view, very near to nature. 3 rooms on a floor, verandas and direct sea access.
Central location in the city center in a simple & peaceful community. Welcome to real Brazil!
This one is special! Stay within a so called favela, a small working-class community in the best district of Salvador - without the problems you believe to know about community based living. You are invited to join our house-community, a very special get together of worldtravellers, artists, scientists and activists. Share an amazing view and big open spaces, verandas and livings - and if you want:
be involved in our socio-cultural project!
If you are in time, you can also rent the entire house (3-4 rooms + kitchen & bathroom & verandas) including the Yoga/Video/Art Space downstairs too!
(ASK FOR A SPECIAL OFFER FOR GROUPS)
Casa Matria Residence is a very special place to be.
That sounds good for you? We have even more to offer: Living in the city-center, absolutely quiet, in a green area, with direct sea access. We have a million dollar view and the privilege of nature. We are located in a very simple neighbourhood, right in between the most expensive districts of Salvador!
The neighbourhood is a bohemian place, not bourgeois or posh at all. It is a black low income community, where people of all kinds come together. You can come home late, as everybody knows each other - it's like in a village on the country side.
Residence & Cultural Center
Casa Matria residence is a unity of 2 houses, offering different living options. There is also an amazing training/seminary room (ca. 100m2) to use for yoga, dance, video-screenings, workshops ecc… (Use on request).
We are a "cultural center in development" - and are elaborating our artistic residencies program right now. So - stay in touch, if you have great projects in mind!
We gathered a few single rooms on one floor, with shared bathroom and kitchen and a big veranda. Great view, absolutely quiet, directly in front of the sea. A space for artists, seekers & researchers… to brainstorm, dream, discover together.
Studio for 2
For more individualistic people, we have an independent suite (ca. 30m2) with private bathroom, with a small garden, facing Bahia de Todos os Santos. Ask for it separately! The price is a little higher.
All our rooms are simple, but have what you need.
The luxury is the gorgeous view with the sunset in front of you, green spaces around the house, you hear the click clack of the sea and the chant of the birds…
But be aware: there's no TV, no Air Condition or Stereo-Sound, no standard furniture - we are community improvised…!
We expect our guests to act socially. Participate and volunteer in some of our projects - sharing knowledge is the principle!
Just around the corner (up on the hill!), you'll find supermarkets, cultural institutes, theaters, language schools. . . Barra Beach or Campo Grande are just 10 minutes walk away. . .
There is a direct bus from the aiport, a lot of other busses in all directions. . . taxi to pelourinho is just 10- 15 reais, direct bus to rio vermelho. . .
WIFI is available upstairs, not in all rooms… but we are improving it.
Please note: we have NO TOLERANCE FOR DRUG- or SEXTOURISM, we don't accept it when people is unrespectful with the neighbours or with us; guests from outside are allowed if we agree on it,
absolutely NO DOGS - we have cats!
we are an absolutely LGBT friendly house and are activists for a better world!
To share our living situation, we prefere artists, scientists and open minded worldtravellers and can offer special deals therefore.
Prices depending on length of (website hidden) send some informations about you as well. . .
PS: we speak portuguese, english, spanish, french, italian, german… and communicate in any langage! Depending on when you are staying, you will find people speaking different languages, our email communication is in the above languages.
ATTENTION: Check-In only possible between 10:00 a.m and 6:00 pm.
NOT INCLUDED ARE:
Cleanig fee / 50.- each week
using the washing machine is 10.- Reais/wash
Stable WIFI: 10.- / week
If you stay longer, we make special deals.
All spaces in Casa Matria are open to all guests, the rooms are private.
Interaction with Guests
Depending on the guests and their interests - and who is actually in the house.
We have the best neighborhood ever! our community is very small and peaceful, located in a green area with direct sea access. The only disadvantage is the hill you have to climb up, you'll loose a few kilos!
Otherwise, we are located centrally, inbetween all touristic attractions, in one of Salvadors most expensive neighborhoods, Vitoria / Barra.
a lot of busses, (including airport bus) and rent a bike station; parking on the street is safe.
Other Things to Note
We are living in a community (favela). It is not dangerous, we know all our neighbors personally. For our community, the interaction with you, our guests, is very important. They have the opportunity to talk normally to strangers and middle class people, to have a beer together at the local bar, to get informations about other ways of living.
For you, it is an unique opportunity to break prejudices
Living in a community means: being respectful, sharing knowledge, giving an economic incentive to the place where you are and being a good example!
So: we encourage our guests to buy their beer in the community, to order pizza or traditional food with our neighbours, to play football with the kids…
We help to arrange small along-the-cost-boat-trips with the boys from the community… Everything is best practice! Let's learn from each other!
If you stay longer with us, we organize projects together.
Respect. Respect. Respect.
No guests from outside, if not accorded with us.
no tolerance for sextourism or drugtourism at all.
we are open minded, anti-racist activists and gay / lesbian /GLBT friendly. If something breaks, please replace it.
Please don’t take the books away, our library is part of our work.
Everybody is responsable to keep clean kitchen, bathrooms and livingrooms!
Please take care of our plants and animals; you will enjoy your stay even more!
the costs for mineral water are divided with your housemates.
Using the washingmachine is 10.- reais.
Special deals for monthly rent.
Please follow the instructions of Luana, who takes care of the house!
Nos sentimos muy bien en su casa, es un lugar muy lindo con una vista increíble, y lo que considero más importante es que te acerca a conocer de verdad sobre la cultura brasileña, sus raíces, sus tradiciones y su forma de vivir. El turismo convencional te muestra lo superficial de los países, de una manera comercial, pero yendo a Vila Brandao uno se puede acercar un poco más al pueblo, su historia y su presente.
Our stay started off rocky because our arriving flight got in later than we expected (at night), but we messaged Silvia beforehand to let her know, and she was very inflexible with a later check-in, so we had ended up sleeping in the airport. She did give us a hotel to check out, but as 2 young women, we didn't think arriving at another hotel would've been a good idea later at night in an unfamiliar city.
Otherwise, the room was as described, but VERY hot since the window doesn't allow for any airflow. Thankfully we found a fan that was in the living room that no one was using for the last 2 nights so it made it slightly better.
Other than that, the view was beautiful, the other visitors were really nice, and the location itself is well-located, walking distance 15-20 min from the lighthouse/Barra beach and a short bus ride from the Pelourinho old district. The community was also very nice and safe.
Hi Wendy, I'm sorry, but late check in is not possible - we stated it on the website, because it is very difficult to find our place in the night - there is nobody to ask and I don't want to take the responsibility for 2 young women getting lost in the night in Salvador. People who knows our place can arrive late…
I'm sorry that you experienced it that way… and also for the fan, it's just asking for it… and you would have got it right away. But I hope that the good experience dominated!
My stay in Salvador was excellent and Silvia's home was perfect. My room faced the sea and it was great to wake up to every morning. My roommates were great and the home felt very welcoming. Don't shy away from the "favela" aspect. The locals are friendly and go about their business. There is an easy access to the sea if you are a good swimmer, just below the house. Silvia & Cecilia were really positive with good energy. My only complaints: we ran out of gas for the stove and drinking water. But I was able to cook in Silvia's kitchen upstairs. Also the mosquito situation can be a bit bad, making it difficult to sleep at night. Best to voice any concerns with Silvia as she is very receptive to suggestions.
Thanks again you two!
thank you Lola, I know, the gas is always not predictable. But the good thing is that we have the 2 kitchens, so we can resolve it. and for the mosquitos… I know it is hot to sleep under the mosquito-net… but I help myself with natural incense, you should have told me that there were so many…
Its been a great stay. warm, comfy and generous. Thank you all for the nice and intimate welcome to Salvador.
Left you some chocolate from home on the table :)
The place is located in a really nice neighborhood. We got a room with a beautiful view of the bay, like you see in the pictures here. The hosts are very friendly. So are the cats you get to meet :)
We got a very delicious breakfast in the morning, which we really enjoyed.
It was a great experience, walking down the hill to reach the place. I'll definitely come back to stay here next time I come to Salvador.
Silvia's place was better than expected; she was very friendly and welcoming when we arrived. The neighborhood was very historical and tucked away on the side of a hill surrounded by amazing views and local charm. I loved the openness of the place, the common rooms where you can meet the other travelers staying and the hammock that was great for afternoon naps. The breakfast was also delicious and highly recommended if you stay several nights (pre arrange on the days where you need the extra energy). There is also a large stone hill that you have to climb to access the favela which is a great workout with lovely picture opportunities but could be difficult for someone who has trouble with hiking. Overall, my friends and I really enjoyed our stay and I would love to stay again next time I am in Salvador.
Our stay in the favela with Silvia and Celia was an incredible experience. The hosts are really lovely, we shared great moments on the terrace, which offers stunning views of the sunset in the Bay of Salvador.
We spent hours talking with Silvia and Celia and our sharing have enabled us to better understand the reality of the favela and get in touch with the community.
They also have given us tons of good advices about what to do and what to see in Salvador.
We spent two weeks on site during the Carnival. The place is ideally located between the two Carnival's route. (15 minutes walk in either direction)
The atmosphere in this community was maginifique, we had a great time around the table, sharing food, wine and off course at lot of Skoll !
We can only recommend this place to anyone who wants to share an authentic experience of Salvador.
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