Pousada Colonial Chile2.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
When the taxi dropped us off outside the pousada it looked like a derelict building! But what a surprise!!! Inside this pousada/hotel is a stunning old colonial building with original floorboards and beautifully furnished. The breakfast room has awesome views of the bay from three huge windows. We were upgraded to a loft room which had two levels. Bathroom and lounge area on the ground floor with a little wooden staircase leading to a spacey bedroom with twin beds and a decent sized wardrobe. Just steps down the corridor was a balcony terrace with more amazing views of the bay. Perfect for sunset drinks and nibbles! Such amazing value! Staff were all friendly with one English speaking who was so helpful. I would recommend this hotel for location, friendliness, cleanliness and even though updated it has also kept its colonial decor but in a fresh way.
I booked this place through ebookers.com, a site I had never used, because I was having problems booking through my normal channels. Their reviews of this place were good, the booking.com reviews were generally good too and I didn't find the place on tripadvisor because it can be called different names (hotel, pousada, colonial or not). I filed a scathing review of that place on ebookers and they didn't post it! Which explains why their score looks good: they don't post negative reviews. I will *never* use that site again, that's for sure. Anyway, this place has some of the most misleading photos I have seen, which partly explains why they're still able to get bookings. The common areas have been partly remodeled but the rooms have not. The rooms are awful. Ours was tiny, with a slanted floor bad enough to cause the nightstand drawers to open by themselves. The bed was very incomfortable, there are windows on top of the door and, any time someone walks through the halls, the room lights up as much has the corridor itself. The shower was bad, the bathroom fan so noisy we couldn't even turn the lights on because it was on the same switch. This place is also supposed to have a great location (5/5 on ebookers) and be in the historical district. Well, it technically is but it is 2 blocks from the safe patrolled areas, which means that you have to walk down a pretty scary street with beggars, homeless, and other unsavory characters to get to it. Anyway, after one almost sleepless night there, we decided to bail. There was no way we would spend 4 nights there! We asked for a refund but they of course refused. The desk folks were friendly and nice but the manager was horrible. We argued for 15 minutes with him and left. Avoid that place! There are plenty of nice pousadas in the safe areas! And even cheaper than that dump!!
We were quite pleased overall with our four nights in Hotel Chile. The views from the public balcony and the dining room are what you expect from a hotel that costs three times as much, and this alone makes it worth the stay for the bargain traveler. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is good with friendly, competent service. One block from the elevator to the lower city and two blocks to the center of the old town. Unfortunately the two blocks surrounding the hotel are dismal, but again, for the budget traveler this can be overlooked. If I returned to Salvador I would probably stay in a different part of city, but I would recommend this spot for bargain hunters interested in staying in and exploring central Salvador.
The entrance is awful but walk in & it gets better.we stayed 6 nights during the World Cup so paid premium prices but overall we was happy with the experience.the rooms are not modern but ours had fantastic views of the harbour & were cleaned to a good standard daily. The reception staff were helpful but English was limited.they do organise cheaper fixed price private airport transfers when asked.The breakfast is good with stunning views but they did have an ant infestation which seemed to be ignored in the dining area. The bathrooms and bedrooms are a basic 2 star but the location is great.be careful at night & be prepared to be pestered once out of the main door. Would we go back?yes we would.
We stayed here during the World Cup 2014 for four days; one of the few establishments that had rooms available. The hotel is not located in a particularly safe area, so be aware of this be prepared. However, the old town (the only part of town worth seeing) is just a short walk away. Tip: when leaving the hotel, you need to come out of the hotel, turn left and keep walking straight on. The famous elevator is about 100m along the road and further on is the old town. DO NOT take the first road on your left; this is the reputedly dangerously unsafe (even during daytime) road that winds down to the lower part of town. For the hotel itself, it is more a guest house. The colonial style is appealing, but the rooms are furnished in a very basic style. the bathroom had a constant smell of old wet leather and the shower is quite an odd electric contraption (it is plugged into a socket just above the shower-head, so don't splash the water around too much - being an electrical engineer myself, I was a bit wary of using it.) and the sink has no hot water. Wireless network is available, but a bit sporadic. There's no safe in the room, rather, these are at reception. The room does not feel very secure, with just a badly fitting door with a simple lock; so be aware of this too. Our room was on the first floor, and we got woken up at 4am by a variety of animals scrabbling around directly above the ceiling.. We had a room overlooking the sea, which was pleasant and the view of the sunset was pretty cool! The breakfast was OK and the room is nice, with excellent views of the sea. This is marred by the fact that there's also a toilet in the room, with some tables right next to it. The reception staff are friendly, but with only limited English knowledge. If you're a seasoned traveler (I am), then in all likelihood, you'll be OK with this hotel and find it acceptable. If not, then you're likely to be quite disappointed/scared/shocked (as a few of the other guests at the time when we were there were). In light of this, I don't know how to rate the hotel (I have gone with average), so please bear this in mind.
We loved our stay! We arrived 4am and were told by the reception person that there is no room available till 12pm. He also told us that we can not lie down on the benches. But when we asked if we could go for a walk, he paniced and suddenly told us that there is a room available! In the morning we met the manager (Aristo) and explained what happened and he apologized for that and told us that he would be able to give us another room later in the day. We were really impressed by the room. It was a loft and really nice. I liked the classic look of the building with high cieling and original wood floor. The hotel is located very close to the elevator and the historic centre. It is however not safe to walk around at night. The hotel also provides individuale safe boxes at the reception which is very convinient. The view from the breakfast room is amazing. Overall we were pleased with our stay at this hotel.
We loved our stay. The reception staff were very helpful and informative. This hotel has the perfect location. Directly opposite the bus stop, adjacent to the famous elevator with stunning views, 5 minutes walk to the main square and church. Good selection at breakfast with lovely views over the water. Definitely value for money. The rooms are simply furnished but have a rustic charm. Thankfully the bathroom is modern. We enjoyed our stay but I would advise caution if venturing out at night and would advise travellers not to take any valuables out with them as we witnessed a street robbery in daylight in the main market square (ground level from elevator). Despite this, the people are warm and friendly and we enjoyed our stay. Oh yes, only a bus ride from the beaches and lighthouse.
First, the photos of the breakfast room and its marvellous views are the only authentic thing about this hotel; the rest should be forgotten and never to be seen again. Our room was dirty and looked like a nightmare from 1970s East Germany. Linen and pillows were made of polyester with an extra plastic lining inside the bedding, providing an unwanted sauna experience. The door looked and felt unsafe adding an uneasy feeling to leaving valuables in the room. There were building works going on until night time and following the cessation of works, the noise was generated by people outside the building, adding to the generally poor sleep quality. We had pre-paid for this hotel for six nights, based on its good reviews on this site; but we left in horror after one night, wasting a considerable sum of money but maintaining our mental and physical sanity. Highly recommended for masochists and those with little regards for their own safety!
We got to Salvador in the middle of the night (flew from florianapolis) and we didn´t have a place to stay. We went to the hotel, where the reciptionist helped us with a double room (and even gave us a small discount). He then helped us buy a ticket on the ferry to Morro de Sao Paulo and came with us in the morning to make sure we won´t have any trouble at all. The room was realy good, clean, with good wi-fi,and the breakfast is very good. The downside is that in the night, it´s not good to walk in the street so come with a taxy (or during the day).
Hotel was built in a old building, near Lacerda elevator and Pelourinho.. A wonderful view, good prices, I'd paid US$70 por a double room.. I recomend!!! A little dangerous at night in street, so take a taxi
- Walking distance to Sao Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Rooftop terrace
Sao Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador is a short stroll from Pousada Colonial Chile, and other popular attractions like Fonte Nova Stadium are within a mile (2 km). This 32-room pousada has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra and Museum of Modern Art are also near this Salvador pousada.
Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.
All 32 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars and phones. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected.
At Pousada Colonial Chile, guests have access to a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle for a fee (available 24 hours). The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with luggage storage and securing valuables.
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57% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 208 reviews