- Reviews: 404
Karanambu Trust and Lodge: Experience the Rupununi in comfort
I wouldn't call Karanambu Lodge a Hotel because that would create certain expectations from the visitors. It is much more than just accommodation because I felt I was joining the family even though I'd not contacted any of the small community before. I truly felt welcomed and that I was joining them as if for a weekend in the countryside.
Karanambu is the home of Diane McTurk, a national celebrity in Guyana known for her work in developing the Karanambu Trust which seeks to re-habilitate orphaned and sick Giant River Otters. She has lived at Karanambu for most of her life and now, in her eighties, she enjoys talking to visitors about the old times and sharing the dining table with them.
The Lodge is now run by a couple, Salvador and Andrea, who have enabled Karanambu to operate smoothly and comfortably for its customers. Sadly I only spent one night and day here but I would love to return for longer.
The chalet rooms are large, well equipped and very comfortable. I loved the porch which faced out onto all of the Mango trees which were heaving with wildlife because the trees were fruiting. The Brown-throated Parakeets would flood down, squawking excitedly whilst the doves and Red-capped Cardinals would more demurely peck around the edges of the fruit.
At one point, Andrea spotted the male Tayra ( a sleek, furry, member of the Weasel family) climbing into the tree and I dashed off with camera to capture the moment - see photo below.
Diane still plays an active role in the welfare of her Otters. When I visited there was just one a remarkably tame, young male called Tribulation or 'Trib'. Diane would take him down to the river and let him play in the shallows, looking for food. The Trust have managed to return up to 50 individual Otters in the past. Let's hope Trib can join his forbears.
Karanambu has its own airstrip and Salvador will collect visitors from the plane. The air terminal is very luxurious ( not really!)
I was taken out by the Assistant Manager and Guide, Jerry, by boat down the Rupununi River to one of the Ox-bow lakes. Here we came across a terrific selection of wildlife and as we were returning at dusk Jerry was equipped with strong torch to spot birds and reptiles lurking on the river's edge. We found Tree Boas and Iguanas, a Great Potoo, night herons and of course Black Caimans whose eyes slowly sank into the water as we approached them.
The following morning we were up before dawn for hot drinks and out in the truck onto the savannah in search of the other 'Giant' that Karanambu is famous for. This time it was the Giant Anteater. Local cowboys, called Vaqueros, are sent out to locate the anteaters and once they have found one the truck with the visitors set off towards them. The animal, about 2m in length, was lolloping across the grassland in search of termites and ants. We were able to get close enough for some photos. On our journey we also came across Crab-eating Foxes and a pair of Coati Mundis shot across in front of the vehicle. Add to this a wide variety of birds and it meant I was in my element. What a fantastic time.
I'd managed to pack in another short walk down to the Honey Ponds where we came across another family of Giant River Otters before it was time to leave. This area is certainly well inhabited by a rich diversity of wildlife so, although I was very sorry to leave Karanambu I knew I had been extremely fortunate to share in some treasured moments of this wonderful place.
The food was very much home cooked and the meal times felt like we'd come home to share in a family meal. I'd not experienced this kind of hospitality before and I really appreciated it particularly as a solo traveller.
- Reviews: 714
Iwokrama River Lodge: Eco-lodge on the mighty Essequibo
This eco-lodge was amazingly comfortable considering its location in the middle of the jungle, hundreds of miles from any major population centers. The setting on the Essequibo River is lovely, perfect for getting out on the river to see birds and other wildlife as well as hiking in the jungle that surrounds the cleared area where the lodge is. There are cabins equipped with everything you might want, including fans and mosquito nets, comfortable beds, and en suite bathrooms.
Meals are served buffet-style in the main lodge building, which also has free and entirely serviceable wi-fi. There is a small bar that serves the ubiquitous Banks beer, with a comfy open-air lounge area where you can catch any available breeze and watch for bird and animal life. You can get laundry done if you need it.
If you're not into nature, there isn't much to do here (well, nothing!), but if you are, you'll be very happy here. Evenings are quiet, and we were really wishing for a pool when we came back covered in sweat after hiking and boating in the fierce Guyanan heat, but we made do with showers. (Swimming in the river wasn't an option--you don't want to get that close to the resident caiman!)
If you are into nature, particularly birds, this place is a gold mine. You can spot dozens of species right from the deck of the main building. Highly knowledgeable bird and wildlife guides from the lodge can take you out into the forest or on the river to see birds, the six species of monkeys that live in the area, caimans swimming in the river, capybaras, and if you are lucky, jaguars.
- Reviews: 1
Family Trip: Sleepin International Brickdam
Location:on approaching the hotel i was a bit worried...does not look like a place i would "normally" stay..not fancy looking!
BUTTTTTTT...... Excellent! I made the right choice!
NEW CLEANNNNN average rooms. Safe hotel. Friendly staff (expect for the server at breakfast...lol...i heard she is the talk of all the visitors...) Pool area ok. Bar is nice.
Hot and cold water, computer access from lobby also.
Great place to stay. Will come again.
In the heart of the city, travelling is easy and cheap from the airport to city approx $20USD for the entire cab. For hotel to most resturants and main shopping streets between $3USD-$4USD.
Free Interent in rooms.
- Reviews: 2
Church view hotel: WORST hotel in Guyana!!
Had to stay in Berbice for 3 nights recently. I live many miles away and was traveling with friends. We made a choice based on web available info and BOY did we bottom out!
So as to prevent others from having this horrible experience, there are other places nicer AND cheaper within a block!
The good: breakfast was good, reasonably priced, made to order. The waitress/server was the same as the cook (Indra). Very friendly.
Price was average for a hotel in the area, about G$8000/night or $40 US. Room had a window A/C unit (from the 1960's).
The bad: the thick carpet of mold and dust on the A/C unit prevented it from cooling the room until I took it off and scrubbed it. It hadn't been cleaned in at least a year. They aren't very familiar with a/c here, so they might not know it HAD a filter.
Toilet area was filthy. You could change the color of the tank by running your finger across it.
Room was just larger than a prison cell and the TV had to be precariously perched on top of the cube refrigerator which hardly worked.
Decorated in cheap, plastic, yard sale and dollar store fixtures.
Carpet was absolutely disgusting, and looked like an army issue wool blanket!
I could go on and on about the dirt and filth but my friends room next door had roaches camped out in their non-working refrigerator. I think that sums it up.
I can forgive small rooms and bare light bulb furnishings, but filth is something I'm not accustomed to paying for.
On top of all this, we had a small problem that need to be ironed out by the staff. The daytime desk clerk is rude, obnoxious AND arrogant! I know now, after several years in this country, that customer service is almost unheard of, but this guy is a true bottom dweller. Certainly not an impressive representative of his hotel. Fortunately, several of the women that work there did follow his lead.
There is a nicer place almost next door! It's actually two doors away, but you get the idea. Many friends stayed there instead and are laughing like crazy at our experience.
EVERYONE who stayed at the other place, The Parkway Hotel (592-333-3928) had a great time, no complaints. They said their rooms were clean, decent sized and cheaper. A/C is available there if you want (for an additional cost - very typical in this country) There are other places nearby also. Just do a google search. OR read reviews from here or elsewhere.
If staying in the Lethem area, try the Takatu Inn. Very friendly and clean. Owners are friendly and accommodating.
it's directly across the street from a three story Muslim Masjid (house of prayer/ worship)
At lunch time they have a loudspeaker where they call everyone in the area to come for prayer/service. About as loud as those bells that Catholic churches use to announce Mass time. The service is broadcast up and down the street for all to hear.
Unfortunately, the other time of day for this is at 5:00 a.m.!! Unfortunate for those who were sleeping. And for those staying in a hotel right across the street.
If the desk clerk had been respectful or helpful, it would have made a lot of difference. Unfortunately, he chose to exemplify 3rd world mentality.
If you have one that can beat this one, please post it!
- Reviews: 1
Cara Lodge: True Hospitality
In 2009, the U.S Air Force came to Guyana to complete an humanitarian mission. One of the hotels that housed units from all over the US was the Cara Loge. This was an amazing experience. THe hotel staff and manager treated us extemely well and the hotel was terrific. I highly reccomend this hotel. The hospitality was beyond great. Thank you for the great memories.
Courtyard was beautiful. Food service was excellent
- Reviews: 29
Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel: Great Hotel In Georgetown
During December of 2007, we stayed for over one week at the Le Meridien Pegasus hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. The hotel is a beautiful place tucked away on the edge of Georgetown. It is located right on the seawall of Guyana. The beach is not able to be used, due to Guyana being below sea level. The sea is all murky and muddy in this area.
The rooms are very clean, never did we have any problems with running water. The housekeeping staff was very good in keeping overstocked with bottled water. Although, I did consumer tap water in Georgetown, I did not have any problems with it.
There is a huge swimming pool at this hotel, which makes it very relaxing laying out during the afternoon under the hot South American sun. At the far end of the pool is the main hotel bar. The bar is kept open until at least midnight, usually later.
Food service at this hotel is great, but a little on the pricey side. There is a restaurant that has a breakfast buffet near the front desk, very good. Across from the front desk is another very high-priced restaurant. The main and best restaurant is the outdoor one, located all around the pool area. Here the food is very good, and you are served by very friendly waiters.
Le Meridien Pegasus is right in the city of Georgetown. About five blocks up the street is the Palm Court Restaurant. The Palm Court stays open until 3:00 am every night, and opens at 11:00 am every day, except Sunday, when they open up at 4:00 pm. The food at this restaurant is very reasonably priced and outstanding. There is a full-service bar at this location that also serves until 3:00 am. I highly recommend this place.
All around Georgetown there are numerous places to eat at. From very fine pastry shops to Chinese restaurants all over. Dinner at these Chinese restaurants is very feasible for about $US10 for two people, including beverage.
- Reviews: 67
Le Meridien Guyana Pegasus, Georgetown: A happening place.
After 10 days in the remote Pakaraimas hiking and camping, this hotel was like an oasis for us. We arrived dirty and dusty from the interior, yet we were welcomed like royalty with cold punch and smiles. The hotel is located far enough away from the chaos of downtown Georgetown and on the ocean so we could enjoy the pleasant breeze in the lobby and in our ocean-view room.
Our room was quite satisfactory for us, but in the context of a 5 star hotel the rooms are ready for an overhaul.
The atmosphere at the hotel is very comfortable. The restaurants serve excellent food. The pool and bar area is a great place for socializing and some evenings there's a band and dancing. We were there on Valentine's Day and we ate and danced to the rhythm of a steel drum band.
There is a gift shop, business center, hair dresser, small gym and tennis courts.
The hotel also hosts several local Rotary Clubs for those who like to make up their meetings while they're away.
Staff was always pleasant and helpful.
Excellent restaurants and breakfast buffet.
Fun pool and bar.
Open breezy lobby leading to lounging areas and pool.
Felt very secure.
It just seemed to be a happening place.
- Reviews: 1
Sleepin Hotel, Brickdam Road: Haven in the heart of town
Best little hotel I've stayed at in Guyana. Sister hotel of Sleepin Guest House located in Church Street but has its own sweet ultra modern identity.
Ultra clean, cable tv, air conditioned, hot and cold showers, fridge and mirowave for your convenience. Also your own private balconey depending on the type of room you request. Right in the heart of town yet so quiet and peaceful...added plus walking distance to stores, restaurants and the Stabroek Market. Helpful and friendly staff...it was really an enjoyable experience...a true home away from home.
- Reviews: 1
Tropicana - Fine brazilian Cuisine and Hotel: Guyana's Best cheap hotel in 2006
I've been reading what people wrote about Tropicana and I have to say that these are old information. Tropicana was restored on 2006 and it looks amazing. It is all decorated with Amerindian crafts, they added more bathrooms in the rooms, the rooms are VERY clean and they have security 24/7.
Very nice bilingual staff and a GREAT restaurant... which is known now to be the best latin restaurant of the country. I could sit there all day and eat till I fall. ahha... If you talk to the manager they can arrange many things for your room with no additional cost, such as tv and other necessary stuff.
- Reviews: 4
Le Chalet Country Club: Georgetowns Forgotten Hotel
A great place to stay. Comfortable rooms. Security. (80 year old man with a bat). Guarding the gated entrance. Rooms are air conditioned, hot rain water for shower, toilets, and tv. Lenard Wharton takes great care of his guests. Personally cooked food in the private cafe.
Le Chalet Country Club
Junction Soesdyke Linden Highway
East Bank Demerara
Hotel, Restaurant, ConferenceFacilities, Gym, Jacuzzi
- Reviews: 4
Baganara Island Resort: Beautiful Baganara Island
This is a resort with a beautiful location and a lot of potential. The main building houses the kitchen, bar, a huge lounge area and some rooms on the second floor. However, the rooms in the newer building are much nicer. Our room in the new building was fairly large, had a queen size bed and the room was spotless. Unfortunately, the ceiling fan was in need of repair so we only had an oscillating fan for cooling and that just didn't help....it was long night. What was very surprising was the meals. Dinner was spaghetti and meatballs....no choice and no appetizers, salad or bread. Ice cream for dessert. We had to ask for coffee and it was instant. Breakfast was bread (not toast), wieners in a very tasty sauce and scambled eggs....we opted for tea this time. Lunch was more in line with what we expected. Cook-up, fish and a small salad. Pineapple for dessert. Oh, yes, and a fantastic hot sauce. The quality of the food was excellent but the presentation was lacking. The staff were all too comfortable using the guest facilities....thankfully, it was low season and only a handful of guests on site.
- peace & quiet
- Reviews: 4
Rock View Lodge: Savannah Sunset & Sunrise
Rock View Lodge is at peace with the landscape where it is built. The beauty of the location is what hits you as you drive down the long laneway. The view of the sunset from the rocks behind the lodge is enough to make you rise early enough to view the sunrise from the same location. The owner, Colin Edwards, his family and staff are very attentive to ensure that the rooms are clean and comfortable and the meals wonderful. And finally, a good cup of coffee -- Guyana seems to think instant coffee is the norm -- thankfully, the Rock View staff know how to make real coffee.
- great view, especially at sunset and sunrise
- all-inclusive plan is available
- airstrip on site
- close to Iwokrama Rainforest Project and Surama Amerindian community
- meals include local product
- sale of cashew nuts, honey, tapioca and other natural products in their shop
- Reviews: 3
The Grand Coastal Inn: When near Georgetown...
When arriving in Guyana, we had already booked a hotel in Georgetown. But our private driver, who we knew through a trusted friend in Guyana let us know that we didn't want to stay there. Indeed, staying in certain parts of Georgetown is not a good idea -- not safe even for the locals.
So we were redirected to The Grand Coast Inn just outside Georgetown. Amazingly, my uncle who was travelling with us knew the owner of the Inn (but he only knew that when we arrived there!). The inn is clean, safe, has a nice patio to sit in the front (see photo) and a large dining room and lounge inside. A gem compared to other places I've stayed in Guyana. And who can beat wireless remote air conditioners in every room. Luxury!
- Reviews: 28
The Tower Hotel: The Tower Hotel
Rates: Single: US$75
While the Pegasus is a good place to eat, The Tower Hotel rates 10 for accomodation, not only because it is ideally located in the heart of the city and walking distance from many places of interest in Georgetown. But also because it has the best all around rates in the town.
Honoured by a commemorative postage stamp on her 50th Anniversary, the Hotel Tower is proud to wear the title of 'Leading Businessman's Hotel in Georgetown.'
Unique for Georgetown, but traditional at Hotel Tower, is 24 hour service -room service, restaurant and bar service, front desk service, internal and external security service.
- Reviews: 6
Le Meridien Pegasus
Le Meridien Pegasus
La Familia Hotel
Main Street Plaza
Grand Coastal Inn
average price is 70 US
The prices are negotiable good food and facilities access to gym pool and great views of the capital city.
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