Barra has tons of accommodations, although you won’t find much that’s as charming, atmospheric and/or luxurious as the new pousadas that have cropped up in the Pelourinho, and especially Santo Antônio. While there are lots of good budget options, some, particularly those facing Porto da Barra, at night can be fairly louche.
The more upscale options consist of modern, soulless chain hotels. Nevertheless, a few enterprising souls have begun converting a few of the neighborhood’s surviving villas in the tranquil residential streets behind the beach into appealing, if fairly basic, pousadas.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition