The best-known luxury hotel in Salvador is Pestana Convento do Carmo. In 2005 the former sprawling 16th-century Carmelite convent on a hilltop was converted to the Convento do Carmo hotel, mixing the historic gravitas with expected new conveniences.
All 79 of the Convento’s rooms occupy former monk’s dwellings. Polished floor boards, cathedral ceilings, heavy wooden shutters and doors, and thick stone walls conjure the previous inhabitants’ ascetism. However, there’s no need to self-flagellate when you’re surrounded by creature comforts such as Egyptian sheets, glossy marble bathrooms, unobtrusive plasma TVs (with a basic smattering of cable channels), and a slyly camouflaged minibar stocked with the fundamentals.
Next up is Zank Boutique Hotel, a fashionable spot focused on fine design and sweeping views.
Zank is owned by three sisters who are as stylish as the hotel they coaxed out of an aging, colonial-style mansion. It sits in Salvador’s upscale Rio Vermelho neighborhood, a bohemian area that the celebrated Brazilian writer Jorge Almado once called home. In the past few years, the area has emerged as a popular Salvador nightlife spot, and for good reason. It is filled with a variety of restaurants, bars and music venues. Luckily for Zank guests, all of these are just a short walk or cab ride away from the hotel.
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