• Pousada do Mar - Barra, Salvador, Brazil
  • Hammocks for relaxing
    For your relaxing enjoyment after a day of sightseeing or hanging out at the beach
  • The breakfast area at Estrela do Mar
    The breakfast area
  • Space to hang out and relax at Estrela do Mar
    Comfy seating area to hang out
  • Stairway to some of the rooms
    Interior staircase leading to some of the rooms
  • Outside a room at Estrela do Mar
    Outside our hotel room (not pictured: hammock and hammock hooks)
  • Room at Pousada Estrela do Mar
    View of our room from the door
  • View from inside the room at Estrela do Mar
    View from inside the room
  • Half of the giant bathroom at Estrela do Mar
    Half of the giant bathroom
  • Other half of the giant bathroom at Estrela do Mar
    Other half of the giant bathroom — largest shower I’ve ever seen
  • Monkey in the tree at Estrela do Mar
    Monkey just hanging out at the Pousada
  • Front patio at Estrela do Mar
    Front patio

I stayed in Pousada Estrela do Mar my very first trip to Salvador so it will always have a special place in my heart. It is this pousada where I roomed with the woman who, as a result of that trip, is now one of my closet confidants and dearest friends. It is also the pousada that I giddily returned to after taking my first-ever percussion class. Four years later I married that percussion instructor.

Estrela do Mar is located in the Barra neighborhood of Salvador, just steps from the famous Farol (lighthouse) and the even-more-famous Barra beaches. 

Reception and common spaces

The pousada is in a converted colonial-style building, painted white with bright blue trim. As you enter through the gates of the pousada, you pass over a small garden space with a beautiful mosaic tile floor and a welcoming seating area. 

Immediately behind reception is the breakfast space with 4-6 tables, and past that is a larger community space with a handful of leather couches for relaxing. Wrapped around the side of the building is a narrow garden area with colorful hibiscus and two hammocks for relaxing. 

There is even some bonus wildlife in the form of a family of monkeys that live in the eves of the building and like to climb around the treetops. They have become accustomed to the guests and will come down nice and close for photo ops — they are on a constant hunt for guests willing to give them a snack!

Guest rooms

The guest rooms are clean and well-maintained, with working air conditioning, a television, cable, and a shower with hot water. 

Each room also has a stocked mini-fridge with water, soda, and beer — all available for purchase at a reasonable price (prices posted on the fridge). All rooms have ample outlets for phones and tablets, and the WiFi works well throughout the property. And, I do mean the WiFi works quite well — I was able to take Skype for Business meetings with screen sharing without a problem.

Breakfast

You aren’t going to get a breakfast buffet here. Instead, you’ll be served a fully-plated breakfast that starts with a plate of fresh-cut fruit, bread, cheese, and ham. That is followed by eggs and breakfast tapioca filled with goiaba jelly and cheese — a combination known here as “Romeo & Juliet”. 

To wash down all of this goodness, a glass of fresh juice and table-sized ceramic pitchers of coffee and heated milk accompany breakfast.

Can you tell we were fans?

Clientele & pricing

In low season, a single room starts at R$165, so you won’t find any true budget travelers here. Between the location, the larger-than-average room size, and the exceptional breakfast experience, the pousada attracts a lot of small groups and families that want to be in the heart of Barra and have an upscale, yet not hotel-sterile, experience.

What you need to know

  • You can pay with a credit card or cash
  • Reception is open 24-hours
  • Electronic, gated entry
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the pousada — and it works really well
  • Free breakfast
  • 2-minute walk to the beach (100 meters)

Thoughts on safety

Estrela do Mar is located on Afonso Celso — a well-lit and relatively busy street in terms of both car and foot traffic. However, there are many other pousadas nearby, as well as tons of restaurants and bars. As a result, until about 9 or 10 at night, assuming there was some car traffic, I wouldn’t think of going out alone to grab take-out, etc. As always, use your normal big-city common sense.

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