Solar das Pedras
Sao Luis, Brazil
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Solar das Pedras Sao Luis Reviews
Solar das Pedras Aug 09, 2013
I usually do not go to Hosteling International member hostels for the reason that they are usually more expensive and more corporations like, but this time there was no much choice (this hostel is not listed on hostel search sites. You must look for it on HI website). Solar das Pedras is pretty much only option that I found in Sao Luis aside of some bed and breakfast places, and since this trip did not require more stay than few days, Solar was ok to stay in. Good thing about Hosteling International hostels is that they all have to follow the same requirements, so all of them have internet, breakfast, beds must be protected from bed bugs, good and clean rooms and lockers for all. Bad thing is that all of that requires standardized higher prices… For example, hostel that would usually be no more than 10$ costs more than 20$, but with membership, you will get 10 or 20% off.
Sao Luis is interesting town and it has two parts, old and brand new. Hostel is in the old part of the town, actually inside of old fortress from the times when slave trade was the main business. Some buildings still preserve Portuguese tile façade, and most of them have colonial look and feel. Hostel is located around four blocks from the bus station and that is a huge plus, but that station is not a intercity bus station. Also hostel is few block from the port, but you can’t leave port from that place because of the low tide, and you have to be driven across the new part of the town, and dropped on the beach that has deep enough points. Interesting place…
As I said, hostel is in the old town and in the old two stories building, well maintained and restored. Bottom floor has reception and large living/eating space (including kitchen), and maybe some rooms behind the stairs, but I am not sure now. Top floor has lots of dorm rooms, and they were much higher than wider… What I am trying to say is that in this old building ceiling is extremely high, at least five meters, but rooms are just enough for some double beds and lockers. When you lay in the bed, perspective is extremely weird, and I had feeling like I am in the fish tank and someone closed the exit…
Internet is ok, not working all the time, but at least it is free. Breakfast is very basic “continental breakfast” including bread, butter, jam and some fruit. All in all, place with lots of charm and it is a great location for hostel.
Lady that is working at the reception, or maybe the owner of the place, is extremely rude and unhelpful. That was not only mine, but experience from all the people in hostel. Arranging the transport with her and driver that was to take us to Lenhos was pretty interesting ordeal. Luckily we were many and driver wanted money without stressing with the lady, so we came to agreement and had good trip.
Sao Luis is good place to see Brazil’s past and present, from old towns, crumbling palaces from their Emperor (boat ride across the bay to the city of Alcantra), and brand new high-rise modern town that occupies other side of the river. Also it is nice to roam their museums and see the time line of the town, from slavery to largest town in surrounding area, major commercial port and only space lunching port in Brazil.
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