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Nega Maluca Guesthouse Hostel

Rua dos Marchantes 15, Santo Antonio/Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

The Nega Maluca (Portuguese for the crazy black woman) is actually not a guesthouse. We prefer to call it a family house because here we have no guests. We are all family - the traveller’s family. The Nega is owned and run by long time travellers for the sole benefit of our other tribe members. It is more a philosophy and a way of life than a business. Read more

88% Overall Rating 33 out of 36 customers would recommend this property based on 36 reviews

Atmosphere 88%

Cleanliness 81%

Facilities 85%

Location 87%

Safety 87%

Staff 95%

Value 91%

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What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Luggage Room
  • Towel

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bar
  • Book Exchange
  • Cafe
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Hot Showers
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup 22.91USD

Important Information

CARNIVAL 2013
To guarantee your reservation in addition to the 10% deposit paid on this site you also need to pay the full balance. We will send you a PayPal request for the outstanding sum
Upon full payment will your reservation be confirmed (other payment options exist).Your reservation is personal and is not transferable to any other person in full or in part. We ONLY accept reservations for the full 7 nights of carnival The carnival dates are Feb 7th-13th . There is no flexibility during carnival.

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 00:00

Latest Check-out: 12:00

Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Not Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Pet Friendly"
  • Taxes Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Salvador?

Contact us directly

The Nega Maluca (Portuguese for the crazy black woman) is actually not a guesthouse. We prefer to call it a family house because here we have no guests. We are all family - the traveller’s family. The Nega is owned and run by long time travellers for the sole benefit of our other tribe members. It is more a philosophy and a way of life than a business. Read more

Shared Rooms

Standard 8 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 8

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Standard

Standard 10 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 10

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Standard

Basic 14 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 14

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Basic

Deluxe 4 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite

Sleeps 4

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Deluxe

Private Rooms

Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Standard Double Bed Private Ensuite

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Standard

Deluxe Double Bed Private Ensuite

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Private Bathroom

Grade

Deluxe

About Nega Maluca Guesthouse

The Nega is owned and run by long time travelers for the sole benefit of our other tribe members. It is more a philosophy and a way of life then a business. (You can read the 'we believe' part on our internet site). We have tried to put all the experience we have gathered from many years of traveling and sleeping in thousands of guesthouses all around the world, in our home. (The truth is that we mainly learned what not to do). A few little examples of this experience is a personal light for every dorm bed as not to disturb others at night, a personal electricity socket, a shelf for the top bunk beds, enough hangers for your cloths and towel in the room and especially in the showers and of course hot water, with strong pressure, 24 hours a day.

Since many travelers love the word free, here are some of the free services we offer:

- Free complete all you can eat breakfast
- Free bed sheets
- Free towels
- Free internet with skype/scanner/camera/burner
- Free Hi-Fi
- Free safe deposit boxes in all dorm rooms
- Free use of our fully equipped kitchen
- Free spices and oil for cooking
- Free filtered drinking water
- Free smiles
- Free exchange library
- Free luggage storage
- Free soap for self laundry washing
- Free and complete travel information about Salvador and the area.
- Free use of the hostel after checkout, until 22:30, including showers and internet
- Free Coffee all day
- Free taxi booking
- Free games and playing cards
- Free guest phone for receiving calls
- Free bus ticket booking (the bus company charges R$7 for delivering them)
- Free booking for Moro de Sao Paulo catamaran tickets
- Free, in the hostel, airline tickets booking
- Free Booking of Candomble (afro-Brazilian religion) ceremony with a private guide (and not a travel agency that personally we don’t trust 2 much)
- Free booking for onward hostels of your choice
- Free food delivery

Other services are:
- Currency exchange
- Laundry services
- Bar
- Outside balcony with hammocks
- Nargilas/water pipes/Shisha/Huka
- English speaking staff
- Night guard
- 2 cats and a dog
- Airport pickup (R$90)
- No curfew, no lockout
- Very cheap international calls (R$1/min)

Accommodation Information

Despite the above, there is much more to traveling than just staying at a hostel who offers you all this great services for free. As travelers, the moment we left our home country we have in a way made the entire world part of our life now. We can no longer ignore the situation in Zimbabwe, the hunger in Brazil, the genocide in Darfur, cutting down the rainforest, pollution, global heating and unfortunately the list is endless. I know, we all have that feeling that we, the small individual cannot do anything about these big issues but as Obama said on his election campaign, YES WE CAN!

We here in the Nega Maluca have been for years helping poor families in our neighborhood with basic food supplies financed from our money and donations travelers left for this cause. It is time to think bigger. We have stopped using plastic bags and now have recycled bags for the use of our guests when they go to the Super market. We are sponsoring on a monthly basis an orphan child in Mozambique whose parents died from aids (www.sos-childrensvillages.org). It takes only $1 a day to change a Childs life (less than a bottle of beer) and there is still so much more we can do. By staying in our guesthouse you are directly helping in these causes because part of all income is set aside for these matters.

Don't get us wrong. Even if you don't stay with us, we will still continue financing these projects and looking for new ways we can contribute as these are our principals and beliefs in life and they are much more important than more or less guests in our house. However, together with you we can do much more than we can alone.

We are located in the Historic centre of Salvador with its cobbled streets and beautifully preserved and painted colonial houses. Our house is on a quiet residential street, where locals still sit outside as the evening falls and talk about their neighbor's life :-). We are only 3 min. walk away from the centre of the action where live music and percussion bands play daily, for free, but far enough to enjoy some peace and quiet when the party is over and have a good night of sleep. We are a few min. walk from the only supermarket in the area, museums, travel agencies and basically everything you will need for your stay in Salvador.

We really hope to host you in our home and for you to become part of our family.

Inbal, Natalia & the rest of the gang

Note: All doubles are air conditioned as are the 8 bed mixed dorms + 1 10 bed dorm. We have left 1 dorm room with fans to give an option to those who are not fond of air con. Or want a more economical option.

Last note. Promise: Payment in the hostel is in cash only. We do not accept any credit card.

New year 2017: We, unlike all other hostels, do not raise our prices for this time of the year. However, we do require a minimum booking of 2 days for the nights of the 31st and 1st of Jan.,2017 and full payment in advance.

Carnival 2017: In order to guarantee your reservation beside the 12% deposit on this site you will need to pay the FULL BALANCE in advance. This can be done by money transfer to our account in the US, Brazil or by using paypal. Only upon payment will your reservation be confirmed. Payment should be made within 10 days of the reservation (after Jan. 1, 2017 within 5 days). Your reservation is personal and is not transferable to any other person in full or in part. For further info if necessary, please contact us directly.

Location Information

Only upon payment will your reservation be confirmed (other payment options exist).Your reservation is personal and is not transferable to any other person in full or in part. We only accept reservation for the full 6 nights of carnival between Feb. 7th-13th, 2013.
We are truly sorry for the inconvenience but carnival is a special time of year where our flexibility is almost none existent.

Except beds in the hostel, we offer independent, fully furnished apartments for up to 15 people. Contact us directly please.

Directions:
From the airport: Go outside of the arrival terminal, cross the street and hop on a Praça da Sé bus (R$5). Get off the last stop, at Praça da Sé, and continue according to the instructions below (From Praça da Sé). The ride takes anything between 50-80 minutes, depending on the traffic, but don't take a nap because you'll miss the views of the beautiful beaches of Salvador. An official Taxi from the airport costs R$110. ( US$57-60). Outside the terminal a taxi will be around R$80-90. Recommended to fix the price before getting in instead of using the meter. We can pick you up for R$90.

From the Rodoviaria (Central bus station):
Go outside the station and take the tunnel in front of you to Plataforma 1, and from there looks for Ponto 2. Catch the Baroquinha bus from bus stop no. 4. Ask the ticket guy to tell you when it's the Pelourinho stop (In Portuguese it will be A parada do Pelourinho).

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 1 day before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the first nights cost of the reservation, unless otherwise stated in the property’s conditions. Deposits paid are non refundable.