Fera Palace HotelSalvador, Brazil
Built in 1934 in the art deco style of New York’s Flatiron, this hotel in the Barroquino District used to play host to such characters as Carmen Miranda, Orson Welles and Pablo Neruda. It was bought in 2011 by Marcelo Lima and Antonio Mazzafera (the former marketing director of London’s Savoy Hotel Group and redesigned by the architect Adam Kurdahl.
The 81 rooms are completed in a style that successfully blends the original art deco features such as wooden parquet floors, intricate ironwork and period light fittings with classic modern furnishings. For fans of the Art Deco style, the Fera Palace Hotel is a destination in its own right.
There are 7 categories of room, ranging from 18 square meter standard rooms, to the colossal 110 square meter Tower Suite. All of them have a view over either the bay or the city. The rest of the hotel is impressive too: a 25m infinity and rooftop spa offer great views over All Saints Bay whilst being served cocktails from the Fera Lounge, accompanied by invited DJs in the evenings. The restaurant is run by chef Wellington Santos and serves Bahian influenced delights.
Although the Cidade Alto is not in the main tourist area of the city, it is only a short taxi ride from the historic Pelhourinho District and the beating heart of Salvador.