Breath-taking view of the ocean in all rooms, 2 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, large terrace with hamocks
Johan is a good guy. He picked us up from the airport, bought us lunch, and talked with us about Salvador, where we will be staying in relation to the Carnival celebrations, and stopped at the grocery store so that we could buy groceries. Also he pointed out landmarks and explained the city and landmarks as we drove to his beach front apartment. It definitely overlooks the beach, but access to the beach is a bit of walk about 20 yards. Also, one must be physically fit and prepared to walk down about three flights of steps and a short flight to the beach. For the most part, Johan's apartment served our purpose, which was to enjoy carnival and be close to downtown. My only greivance is that Johan didn't get the chance to have the apartment thorougly cleaned before we arrived. The cleaning person was still cleaning when we reached the apartment, Johan gave us a discount, which we accepted.
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Johan's Pad was awesome! Quiet, except for the sounds of surf to lull you to sleep. Roomy, with great views from the deck as well as from bed! Overlooks Ondina Beach, right on the cliffs! Great friendly restaurant next door, with mellow live music every night, and good Caipirinha,s ...... Pedro do Sereia.
Johan was punctual and attentive in preparation, and Dona Lucia was kind as well. Luciano, (driver), was a cool cat who loves his city. Location was safe and close to everything, yet quiet. I would have liked to stay longer. Had there been a surfboard there it would be Perfect!
Intermittent electricity and water, no internet, but great views. Johan had informed us in advance that he wouldn't be there during our entire stay & his neighbor Lucia (who spoke no English) would hand us the key. We were totally unprepared for what we experienced. You climb 35 steep steps up a narrow, smelly, cockroach infested alley where residents dump their trash. We entered a house that smelled dank, the floors were filthy, cigarette butts and trash still in the garbage can.The sheets, towels and pillows stank. We somehow managed to email Johan and requested fresh linen and a thorough cleaning but he replied that the linen was clean and he couldn't do anything about the cleaning. On our first evening there, there was no electricity for over three hours - apparently not uncommon in the "community". We awoke the next morning to no water in the house - the toilets and taps were dry. We found some old water with mud deposits in a large plastic can and ended up using that to flush and wash our hands. Apparently, water shortage is common in the locality. We believe the owner is aware of these problems (water storage, protocol to call water tanker) - he just didn't bother to disclose this to us. According to the Salvadorian guide who came to pick us up next morning, the house is in a favela. The toilet in the main bedroom floor backed up on day 4. Lucia had it cleaned with some chemicals. We had no water for three of the five days we were there. We were informed in advance that the internet was not working but we found no signs of a modem/router/ethernet in the house, so we suspect that the house actually has no internet. Safety in the house was another concern - navigating rickety, swaying stairs, windows without grills that looked out onto a sheer drop, broken plug points and exposed electric and metal wires. Not meant for young children. Positives: the views were great as promised, overlooking the ocean, the terrace is the highlight and there is a local beach ~200 meters down the road, and two restaurants nearby. The house has lots of light (thus very photogenic!). When we did manage to communicate with Johan, he always replied promptly, politely and with empathy. In fact, he volunteered a 50% discount on his original rate within our first couple of communications. But unless you're specifically LOOKING for the experience of living in a favela, please avoid this place. We wouldn't stay here if we were paid to - our idea of a vacation is more luxurious than backed up toilets, intermittent water and unclean surroundings. Don't know who the other reviewers are, but having actually stayed there for five miserable days, we strongly disagree with many of their observations. Unfortunately, we based our decision on those reviews, pictures and description and ended up feeling deceived, and our much-anticipated Salvador vacation was spoiled. It was a nightmare. Please...
Johan was friendly and easy to deal with. The house is in a beautiful location, with a deck which enjoys breathtaking views of the coast and a beach frequented by surfers and soccer players, both of whom are fun to watch. As to the house, we experienced two water interruptions during our stay, which were inconvenient, but Johan and his neighbor were quick to work to remedy the problems. The two bedrooms have curtains closing them off on one side rather than a wall, which is OK unless you want privacy. Unfortunately, the internet didn't work during our visit. Also, while there are a few restaurants in the vicinity, it's more of a walk to get to grocery stores. The other thing to keep in mind is that it is important to stay on the main streets in the area and avoid the small alleys. A time or two while exploring we found ourselves on streets that made us nervous for our safety.
Johan's house is simply amazing. It is well located -right in the middle of Barra and Rio Vermelho- and it has everything you need for a nice stay in Salvador. The apartment is surrounded by water; every day you'll wake up and the first thing you'll see and listen is the ocean. Although we did not meet in person, communications with Johan went well; he was very accommodating.
Johan was a wonderful host...he really took the time to meet our needs, and was very responsive when we had questions. The place is FANTASTIC! Lovely two-floor house, with ample space and fully-functioning kitchen. When you lay down for sleep at night, you CANNOT SEE ANY LAND, it's all ocean. The sound of the sea is so soothing. The location - RIO VERMELHO in Salvador is really cool: We found great live music spots within walking distance. The only bad thing about the place is THE BEACH: Unfortunately, it's not very clean and after several days of swimming I did not feel comfortable returning in the water. This, of course, has nothing to do with Johan and the lovely house, just a reflection on the size of Salvador. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at Johan's place.