Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Salvador Brazil (2023 Updated)

Sao Paulo is the one biggest  city of Brazil  and a is one of the  gay-friendliest place in South America along with Salvador on the Atlantic Coast. We will find most of the accomodation to be suitable for gay couples in Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador.

In 2014, Brazil and the United States were the two countries more wanted by international LGBT tourists, according to the World Travel Market

About 26% of visitors to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, Salvador and Fortaleza are LGBT people. Brazil has more than 6,000 gay-friendly hotels and hostels registered in travel agencies and mainly specialized in the gay-oriented sites, which are the major source of information for travelers. The establishments receives a sticker with a rainbow, a global symbol of the gay movement.

Salvador, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, is known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, Afro-Brazilian culture and a tropical coastline. The Pelourinho neighborhood is its historic heart, with cobblestone alleys opening onto large squares, colorful buildings and baroque churches such as São Francisco, featuring gilt woodwork

 Top attractions to visit in Salvador

Day Trips Salvador Bahia Brazil



1. Pousada Estrela do Mar 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador

Pousada Estrela do Mar
Pousada Estrela do Mar

The Pousada Estrela do Mar welcomes you in Salvador offering a great location in the Barra neighborhood, only a few meters from the beach and the Farol da Barra (lighthouse). Free Wi-Fi is provided in all areas, as well as complimentary tea and coffee at the reception.

Lots of restaurants, bars and shops are found nearby. Public transportation and taxis will take you to the popular Pelourinho and other areas of the city with ease.

The hotel is set in a restored house with traditional architecture featuring air-conditioned rooms and cozy ambiances with a charming décor.Located in Barra, just a minute from the beach, this exquisite house has been transformed by loving owners into a comfortable, modern, pristine guesthouse for discerning travelers. Ideally located for Carnaval.

Each of its 9 rooms has its own bathroom, refrigerator, TV and air-conditioning.Wi-fi internet available free in rooms and public areas. Our breakfasts are made with fresh natural ingredients and served between 8 and 12.

The location was great because it was close to Barra Beach and nice restaurants that were all within walking distance. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfast was great. The staff was very accommodating and made you feel at home.

The rooms were comfortable with lots of closet space and good comfy beds. But I think the highlight for us was, along with the warm hospitality of everyone who was part of Estrella, the hammocks. On our down time, the hammocks were always there for us.

The breakfast was superb and was a luxury that I will definitely miss: After all, freshly baked cake, just out the oven, first thing in the morning, is not an indulgence many of us are privy to on a regular basis. But rest assured, the cake comes with eggs, bread, freshly squeezed juice, ham, cheese …. It was a welcomed feast to help us start our long and challenging day.

Pousada Estrela do Mar is smartly situated; not far from some the beach, museums and restaurants. Anything further could be reached with Uber or a Taxi for a reasonable amount. The staff was always helpful and kept an eye out for our interests.

Perfect location and good value for money! Rooms are basic, but clean and very comfortable, with a huge bathroom. Wifi and aircon work well. Breakfast is very nice and they serve it to you at the table. It includes eggs, ham and cheese, bread, butter and jam, fruit and something freshly baked which changes every day.

How much does a room costs at Pousada Estrela do Mar?

Prices start 75 $/night for Double Room.

This double room features air conditioning.

Where to book online – Pousada Estrela do Mar – Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador Bahia you can find the best hotels deals in Salvador during  Bahian Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Salvador  on   and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Mar Brasil Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador

Mar Brasil Hotel
Mar Brasil Hotel

Featuring sea views, Mar Brasil Hotel offers suites with balconies and free WiFi right opposite Itapuã Beach. Casa de Vinicius de Moraes is a part of the hotel that features swimming pools, a playground and a beautiful garden. A breakfast buffet is served daily.

Rooms at Mar Brasil have air conditioning, hairdryer, minibar, safe and an LCD Cable TV. Most of the units also feature balconies with hammocks and sea view.

The restaurant at Mar Brasil Hotel offers a special seafood menu, meat, fresh pasta and casual dishes, and serves wines, beers and refreshing drinks.

Really nice hotel, spacious, very good lights, clean and nice pictures/art decorations, etc. Very good conditions of the hotel. Nice placement in front of the beach. Really good food, diverse a little bit expensive but is worthy!!!

The hotel is located right across from the beach, and us about a 10 minutes drive from the airport, which was really convenient.

The service is responsive and staff are really very helpful and accommodating.

The restaurant was awesome, with a rich layout of authentic Brazilian food, for breakfast and A la cart dinner was also really good.

The hotel is spotlessly clean and the rooms very comfortable. The pool area is lovely and the restaurant attached to the hotel – Casa di Vina – is excellent. Again, all of the staff are friendly and charming and the breakfast also very good. We would definitely recommend this hotel. It is not in the town of Itapua but just a short bus-ride away and we enjoyed the quiet location. The beach opposite is gorgeous but not good for swimming because there is a very strong undercurrent.

You can walk to the beach very easily (as opposed to other good hotels in the area, such as de Deville Hotel). The rooms are comfortable, and the amenities are of good quality. The rooms are also silent (at least the one I stayed at, in the second floor (room # 110). We stayed at a flat-style apartment, with ensuite kitchen and a living room.

The place is also historical: it is where the Brazilian composer Vinicius de Moraes (author of “Garota de Ipanema” and many other Bossa Nova hits) lived with one of his women (from Bahia) for a couple of years. The hotel has a restaurant, which is actually where the original house of the couple was, and the place is now a sort of museum of the house. The restaurant (Casa di Vina) is run by an italian guy. The food is good, but a bit expensive for what it serves.

The restaurant of the hotel is good and is located in the former house of a song writer that is very well maintained. There is also a really good restaurant near the hotel called Mistura (if you eat there, try the Moqueca Mariscada). Even though the restaurant is just a few blocks away, I would advise to take a taxi because the zone is dark and deserted.

The hotel is 15 minutes away from the airport and 45 minutes from historic center. Uber works very well.

The breakfast included and found the buffet selection of local dishes (e.g. plantain/ macho banana, breakfast cakes, sausages, scrambled eggs – already made, selection of fresh fruit juices, teas and coffee) to be enjoyable and fresh. There were two swimming pools, which were enticing and crisp clear. We had drinks and snacks by the pool which were promptly prepared and delicious. There is also a handy outdoor shower to rinse off when returning from the beach or before entering the pool. The pictures on their site don’t do Mar Brasil justice.

It’s modern interior and exterior gardens are not so modern they become pretentious or out of place for the beachside setting. The rooms are all good but vary on suites, views and space. We were initially assigned a lower room, but I requested a 1st floor room because the view was better. Some rooms by the pool side had hammocks. I bought mine from the market and was able to hang and enjoy it from my room balcony. The bathroom had a shower only, but it had space for two and was clean. The water had good pressure and warmth.

The bow dryer was strong, but the shelf space near the basin was lacking.The medium firm bed, pillows and linen was comfortable but had a slight ridge in the middle. The extra large flat screen TV was enjoyable, along with the minibar, kitchenette, sofa and desk made me feel very comfortable, as if at home. The beach across the road was well kept. We had seafood lunches which did not disappoint. The water was warm with many tidal pools.

One important thing is to be VERY careful about the currents which could probably carry the most experienced swimmer away.

Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador
Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador

How much does a room costs at Mar Brasil Hotel?

Prices start 73 $/night for Standard Garden Room.  The Superior Suite is  110$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

With a private area for sunbathing, full sea views and a balcony, this suite offers a 32” LCD TV with cable channels, a minibar, a safe and a private bathroom. Internet access is free.

Where to book online – Mar Brasil Hotel- Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador Bahia you can find the best hotels deals in Salvador during  Bahian Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Salvador  on   or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador Brazil

Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho
Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho

The 4-star Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho Hotel offers a welcoming environment on the seafront of Rio Vermelho Beach, 15 km from the old center of Salvador.

As a guest at the Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho, you can spend restful nights and enjoy great sea views in brightly furnished rooms.

On the ground floor, a pool area with plenty of loungers and a poolside bar provide the ideal relaxation ambiance for your holidays.

The hotel also offers a restaurant, another bar, business center, gym and parking lots.The Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho hotel is located by the sea, in one of the best neighborhood of Salvador. It offers structure for leisure and business travelers. Rooms are spacious and cozy, overlooking the sea or the city and have free wifi. The business center is complete and the food service is diverse and delicious. 4 star hotel with 175 rooms.

Wonderful hotel very chic infinity pool , it was great that you’re able to swim in the pool in the evening . Pure bliss.The location is incredible the views are breathtaking. The team that work there was very friendly and helpful looking forward to coming back.

Professional service at front desk
– Nice room with beautiful sea view
– Professional room service
– Delicious food at hotel restaurant
– Amazing breakfast
– If you want to order trip around Salvador you can do it in Hotel, prices are very low for it!
– Swimming pool is breath taking, you can swimming and looking at the ocean at the same time.
– Secret, beautiful beach on the left side of the hotel (one of the best in Salvador, don’t make mistake with small one on the right)
– Great localisation, small street close to many tasty restaurants, pharmacy and shop.
– Calm and nice neighbourhood

The location is great and close to many of my favorite places in Salvador. The street where the hotel is located had a few great restaurants and it felt really safe.

It’s a classic Hotel, with a good mix of guests (tourism/Business). This means that although the Hotel was almost full, Restaurant, pool and reception were never crowded. The pool is amazing, good size, great view. The beach is not the best in Salvador, but you can take a taxi in front of the Hotel and shortly you will have dozens of better choices. The Location is great, lots of good Restaurants, bars and things to see in a short distance. Facilities are really clean, staff is super friendly and helpful.

The hotel rooms themselves are reasonably basic, as to be expected from a Mercure – but we knew that before we went. The rooms were spotlessly clean, however.

The hotel itself has beautiful views, situated directly overlooking the sea. The pool area is rather small given the size of the hotel – it was a challenge to find any empty lounger on any day. But that was the only downside of the hotel.

Stunning property located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is perched on a rocky cliff and there are small beaches to the right and left of the hotel. Service in all departments was efficient and helpful. Housekeeping was good and I found our room clean (with the exception of the air vents in the room) clean. The breakfast buffet was standard Brazilian with plenty of fresh fruit, baked goods, Nespresso, eggs / tapioca cooked to order, cold cuts, etc. Our room overlooked the sea and we had the window open all nights (7 days) and enjoyed the sound of the crashing waves.

The pool area was nice (bar service) however at this time of the year, the area turns to all shade at 2PM. Like most pools in Brazil, it is not heated in the winter months which may be a problem for some people (mostly Brazilians) but it was fine after the initial plunge.

Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador Bahia
Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador Bahia

How much does a room costs at Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho?

Prices start 73 $/night for Standard Garden Room.  The Superior Double Room with Sea View
is  87$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

With a private area for sunbathing, full sea views and a balcony, this suite offers a 32” LCD TV with cable channels, a minibar, a safe and a private bathroom. Internet access is free.

Where to book online – Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho – Gay Friendly Hotels Salvador Bahia you can find the best hotels deals in Salvador during  Bahian Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Salvador  on  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.