"A hotel with location."
Sunrise from the ocean - what a beautiful way to wake in the morning. Almost all of the rooms have balconies overlooking the pool and the ocean. If the old adage "Location, location, location!" is true Gran Hotel Stella Maris is on the edge of Paradise. The hotel rooms are clean and spacious. Maintenance seems to be ongoing to keep things newly painted and in good repair. The delicious breakfast buffet is 60' long and has seating for 400. The hotel staff could not be more accommodating and pleasant. (Internet was improved with a simple request to the staff.) Reasonably priced and offers more than some resorts that charge twice as much. But the beauty of this hotel is its proximity to the ocean and the fact that it is in Bahia. While most of the country was deluged with rains, we had warm, sunny blue skies everyday from mid-December until March. There was a constant sea breeze to keep the constant 30°C - 25°C temperatures comfortable. The beaches of Brasil are surely the nicest in the world, and Praia do Flamengo is one of the best I have seen. With soft, white sand it is clean and beautiful for long walks, popular but not too crowded. Small beach concessions offer everything for a wonderful day on the beach: aqua de coco, ice cream, fried cheese, fried fish, and acarajé, a local mainstay, all under a shade umbrella with chairs and table. The hotel is a short walk to cafés, restaurants, and a small supermarket. A good hotel with Location, location, location.
"Old building, it was great once..."
We were so excited about this trip, some of our friends had told us about the resort, but a part of the nice beach and friendly receptionist, Fabiana. The hotel is lacking in cleaning staff, the yards mare neglected and all the amenities are obsolete... It is pitiful that bad management had.
This is the third hotel that I stay in Salvador and the worst experience. The internet doesn't work, the room wasn't so clean, there're no towels. Terrible service in general. I did a lot of complains and nothing worked.
"One week's snapshop review"
The building is average, nothing fancy, a little dated but very functional.The pool area was very nice. A good size pool with plenty of chases, chairs and tables. Bar service in the pool was a little slow. The room was a good size, shower worked very well and housekeeping was very good. Towels seem to be at a premium, but adecuate. Anytime we needed more towels, they always provided them. This was a comfortable hotel with plenty of business with many conferences going on while we were there. Breakfast food was pretty boring and bland. Scrambled eggs were very runny and sausages, was just hot dogs cut up and cooked in a tomato sauce. Pastries were good, but the same everyday. Omlettes were good. The reception was extremely helpful. Barbara and Gabriel spoke very good English and were very nice and helpful. The biggest complaint is the extremely slow Wi-Fi! Very undependable. Everythingelse was adecuate!
"Close to the airport"
I stayed there one week during my business trip in Salvador. Hotel is not perfect but good. I felt safe there. Large room, comfortable bed, worn furniture. Good meal. Slow internet connection. Nice swimming pool and beach. I was first time in Brazil and I was satisfied.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM