Unlike traditional hotels, A Casa das Portas Velhas offers unique lodging and dining facilities in a space that is pleasingly simplistic while at the same time sublimely deluxe. Relaxed and informal, the hotel is situated in one of the most celebrated squares in the historic district – Palm Square- made famous as the site of Dona Flor’s home in the first filming of Jorge Amado’s Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. Unique to boutique hotels are the themes around which most are decorated.
As the name A Casa das Portas Velhas implies – doors, a symbol of safety, coziness, hospitality, and warmth – are the decorative focus throughout. Doors and/or objects generally associated with them are the center of the decor. Restored old doors serve as headboards, as well as the old windows which frame the bathroom mirrors. Additionally, artistically interesting doors and photographs of the same are generously displayed throughout the corridors and stairwells as art pieces. The theme is also supported by door paraphernalia, such as old keys, locks, bolts, hinges, knockers, and knobs which are conspicuously exhibited throughout public spaces.
Guests who stay at A Casa das Portas Velhas are assured a unique, seductive, and consummate hotel experience because of its location within a rapidly expanding section of Salvador’s historic district, its guarded size, its distinctive architectural features and ingenious decorations, its emphatic and unparalleled attention to detail, and its personalized service. A Casa das Portas Velhas goes beyond the functional purpose of providing clean beds and baths. Spatial restrictions necessitate that the hotel be small in size – only fourteen rooms or combinations thereof and one Porteiro (Doorman) Suite. Yet, each apartment has qualities and amenities like any five-star hotel: centralized air-conditioning, imaginatively stocked frigo-bars, anti-allergic pillows , fire detectors and alarm system, a centralized water heating system, cable television and DVDs, bedside access to the internet, ceiling fans, lush anti-allergic carpets, a centralized sound system, personalized security safes, gratuitous hygienic toiletries, monogrammed robes, slippers, room service, a modern security system – all contributing to the charm of this adorable haven.