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Suite Hotel Quilombo Do Pelo.

A touch of Jamaica in Brazil

It is possibly the best-kept secret in all of Salvador, Brazil--a black-owned, black-staffed Jamaican hotel in the heart of the city's historic Pelourinho district. The Suite Hotel Quilombo do Pelo is a four-story establishment created and run by Afro-Brazilian entrepreneur Rose-Angela Dos Santos and her Jamaican-born husband, Joe Harnett.

"Our hotel is small, like a home," says Dos Santos about the 10 executive rooms housed in the Quilombo's stone and pau d'arco wood colonial-period building. "Here you get personal service, unlike some of the bigger hotels in the area."

The hotel, emblazoned with the Rastafarian colors of green, red, and yellow, is unique because each room is named for an international black hero. Hence the Bob Marley Executive Suite, the Nat Turner Suite and the King Zumbi Suite. The second-floor "Rastaurant" features a full Jamaican menu with drinks served in the outdoor Winnie Mandela Bar. The first floor houses a sensational reggae boutique.

With reservations, prices range from $64 to $164 per night. Airport transportation is available. (Suite Hotel Quilombo do Pelo is located at Rua Alfredo de Brito, 13, Centro Historico. Call 011-55-71-322-4371/4374; e-mail:
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Author:Strickland, Lula N'zinga
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:3BRAZ
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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