Luxury Hotels in Salvador

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Salvador Luxury Hotels

Best areas in Salvador for luxury hotels

The city center has a fine selection of luxury hotels set in some of the most attractive Salvador neighborhoods such as the Old Town, Pelourinho, and Comercio. If you like to be at the heart of a city, hotels in these districts are a great choice. You’ll also find luxury hotels along Salvador’s coastline in the Barra district – many of these feature sea views and easy access to white, sandy beaches. There are more luxury hotel options in the area around Salvador International Airport, which is about a 40-minute drive from the city center.

Top luxury hotels in Salvador

Vila Gale Salvador is set by the Atlantic Ocean and it’s just a 20-minute drive from Salvador’s Old Town. This exclusive hotel, which overlooks the golden sands of Ondina beach, has an outdoor pool with a jetted tub adjacent. The Novotel Salvador Hangar Aeroporto Hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Salvador International Airport and provides complimentary airport transport. The elegant guestrooms have stylish furnishings. The Sheraton da Bahia Hotel is located in Downtown and its exquisite Passeio Da Vitoria Restaurant serves Brazilian regional and international dishes.

Where to find the best fine dining in Salvador

Both the Old Town and the Pelourinho district, which feature beautifully preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings, have some excellent restaurants. As well as traditional Brazilian eateries, you’ll find a range of other cuisines on offer, including French, Italian, and Japanese. You’ll also find some excellent, gourmet menus being served in the city center’s luxury hotels. While you’re in Salvador, try some of the local dishes such as moqueca Bahiana, a rich and spicy fish stew, and cocada, a luxuriously sweet confection of grated coconut, condensed milk, and spices.

The most unique things to do in Salvador

One of Salvador’s main attractions is its long soft-sand coastline. Praia Porto da Barra, a beach with golden sands and good swimming, is one of the best stretches. Relax and top up your tan here, or if you’re in the mood for some action, hire a private surfing instructor or book a one-on-one scuba diving trip and be mesmerized by colorful fish and wafting corals. After, take a ride on the Plano Inclinado Gonçalves. Originally opened in 1874, and recently restored, this funicular railway ascends the hillside that splits Salvador into 2 heights, traveling from Comércio to the Cidade Alta district, and offering excellent views on the way. Salvador has strong African roots and you can learn about this heritage at the Museu Afro-Brasileiro. The museum exhibits a fascinating selection of arts and crafts, including wooden carvings, ceramics, and woven basketware.

Best ways to get around Salvador

It’s easy to find taxis at the various taxi ranks in the center of the city, or your hotel will be able to order one for you. Most taxis have meters, but the drivers don’t always use them, so it’s advisable to agree a fare in advance. You can also hire limousines with drivers if you prefer to explore the city in style. One novel way of traveling is to take the Elevador Lacerda, an elevator service that travels between the city’s 2 levels, ascending 240 feet in just 30 seconds.