Villa BahiaSalvador, Brazil
Hotel Villa Bahia is actually two, three-storey Portuguese colonial homes which have been combined. They front onto a pedestrian square lined with colourful 17th and 18th century buildings in the Pelourinho district of Salvador. The French owner and patron, Bruno Guinard, has run this hotel for the past 30 years.
The property has been well restored with careful attention to historic detail and all of the 17 rooms are individually furnished with native woods and refreshing colour accents and named after different Portuguese colonies.
The hotel has a small bar and restaurant, fusing local produce with French techniques, but is also ideally located for exploring the local neighbourhood on foot and sampling the excellent Bahian cuisine in one of the many nearby restaurants. There are two patios in the property to relax in, one of which contains a small pool for a cooling dip. The rooftop also boasts a terrace with wonderful views of the Salvadorian rooftops. The hotel also serves delicious coffee!
The rooms at the front of the hotel, facing the courtyard, have the best views, but be prepared for some noise from the squares. The rooms at the back of the hotel are much quieter if your priority is peace. All of the rooms on the top floor have their own small balconies.