Stay in Bahia’s favorite city of Salvador in style, thanks to our list of the 10 best boutique hotels. From beachfront boutique hotels to elegant colonial rooms, this list has a hotel to suit your style.
Aram Yami Pool at Night | Courtesy of Aram Yami
Beautiful views of All Saints’ Bay is just one reason to stay at Aram Yamí. This boutique hotel also boasts a contemporary vibe that is set against the 19th century building’s colonial style. Service is sure to be personalized, thanks to the hotel’s small number of rooms: there’s only five available. Be sure to take advantage of the swimming pool on the roof, or if you’ve booked the ground floor suite you can enjoy the private pool in your quarters.
Stay in the historic center of Salvador, the Pelourinho, and consider making Villa Bahia your home base. Villa Bahia is composed of two adjoining colonial mansions that hark back to the Portuguese era. The property boasts beautiful courtyards, including a rooftop terrace, and overlooks the UNESCO historic center of Salvador. It is also a property that has implemented sustainable development practices, helping to preserve the historic beauty of the city.
Room with a view at the Zank Hotel | Courtesy of Zank Hotel
Elevate your stay in Salvador when you head to Zank boutique hotel. Set in the trendy neighborhood of Rio Vermelho, Zank blends the best of minimal modern style with Salvador’s seaside vibe. Guests will enjoy a little library with traditional Brazilian literature, original artwork, and the terrace pool and hot tub complete with bay views. Zank’s location is perfect for easy access to restaurants and the coast, or stay in and enjoy the traditional Bahia cuisine prepared on site at the Zank restaurant.
Explore the historic Pelourinho neighborhood of Salvador and stay in the nearby boutique Hotel Studio do Carmo, which sits in an 18th century building. Studio de Carmo has a perfect view of one of Salvador’s beautiful sights, the elegant staircase of the church Santissimo Sacramento do Passo. The hotel also has all the modern amenities any traveler would need and colorful Bahian décor with a splash of Italian styling to welcome you to the city.
Enjoy the grandeur of colonial times with a stay at Pestana Convento do Carmo, which was among the first luxury hotels set on historic property in Bahia and in all of Brazil. The property was built in 1586 as a friary and has managed to survive more than 400 years of history to become a top luxury hotel in Brazil today. The boutique hotel is generously decorated with colonial era furniture and artwork, creating an elegant atmosphere in the heart of a modern city.
Deluxe Room at Casa do Amarelindo | Photo Courtesy of Casa do Amarelindo
This 19th century building in the historical center of Salvador has five floors and just 10 rooms, making it an exclusive boutique hotel within the Pelourinho. The Casa do Amerlindo also offers guests a restaurant, two bars and a rooftop terrace perfect for sunset drinks. There’s also a fitness room and two patios filled with tropical plants to make your stay a relaxing one. With staff that speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English it will be easy to discover Salvador’s history with Casa do Amarelindo as your home base.
The boutique hotel Solar dos Deuses is perfectly situated as a jumping off point to discover all the sights of Salvador. The hotel is located in the same square as Salvador’s most beautiful church, the São Francisco Church and Convent, but the hotel property is charming in its own right. Solar dos Deuses is set inside a 17th century mansion and pays homage to Bahia with its local artwork and furniture. The hotel has seven rooms, each adorned with the Afro-Brazilian deities of candomblé, making your accommodations the first stop on your cultural tour of Salvador.
The charms of Bahia — sun, sand, and friendly smiles — all come together at Pousada Porto da Lua. This is the best hotel accommodation available in Praia do Forte thanks to its proximity to the beach, and it includes its own beachfront restaurant and lounge to relax after a day of sightseeing. Each of the 27 rooms has a view of the ocean, making this the perfect place to enjoy the coastal charm of Brazil’s northeastern coast.
For beach lovers looking for eclectic accommodations, look no further than Cocoon. The boutique hotel is located close to a popular Salvador beach, Praia de Jaguaribe, and the Cocoon staff are renowned for their kind, helpful service. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s unique minimalist design that offers pops of personality through its décor.
The sunset views at Albergue Pedra da Sereia are stunning, and paired with Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, and a comfy hammock they become legendary. This boutique hostel is located in hip Rio Vermelho and has plenty of sidewalk restaurants and bars to keep you satisfied during your stay in Salvador. Albergue Pedra da Sereia offers a relaxing beachfront base that is simple but cozy, with a friendly host who can help set up classes for Portuguese lessons, surfing, capoeira or diving.