Occupying a restored historical residence, Solar das Artes Pousada Boutique offers a superb location in Pelourinho, Salvador's picturesque Old Town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cafés and bars are just outside the door. Stroll the cobblestone streets lined with colorful colonial buildings, shop for artisan crafts, and experience the vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture. Less than 2 blocks from the pousada, bustling Terreiro de Jesus square is often the setting for music and dancing. The ornate Catedral Basílica de Salvador, built by the Jesuits in the 17th century, adjoins the square. Also worth visiting: Igreja Sao Francisco, a Baroque church with a magnificent gilded interior. It's just a 2-minute walk. About 0.8 miles (1.4 kilometers) from the pousada, Salvador's landmark Lacerda Elevator connects Cidade Baixa ("Lower Town") with Cidade Alta ("Upper Town"), with panoramic city and bay views from the top. If you're lucky enough to be in Salvador during Carnival, you'll be steps away from the festivities.
Want to spend a day at one of Salvador's beautiful beaches? Porto da Barra Beach is just 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) south. Here, you can swim in the calm, clear waters, then soak up the sun on the light-golden sands. Linger awhile and drink a toast to the spectacular sunset over the bay. Just a short walk farther, Farol da Barra Beach features a lighthouse with a museum, as well as an area popular with surfers.
Before heading out for the day, you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. All around the pousada, you'll see original works by local artists and artisans. Relax with a good book in the reading room, or stop by the multilingual front desk for tips on area attractions and happenings.
Ready for a good night's sleep? Solar das Artes Pousada Boutique offers a choice of 8 artistically decorated guestrooms. All rooms come with air conditioning, refrigerators, in-room safes, and LCD TVs; 2 of these rooms also feature terraces. The hotel also offers airport shuttle service on request (surcharge) and complimentary wireless Internet access.