Lacy Victorian Cara shows still-functional Demerarra shutters to the street and the welcome embrace of gentler times gone by inside each room. The décor is too genuine to be “shabby chic” or “decorator antique”. It is simply elegant, lived-in, old Georgetown – plus functional plumbing, ceiling fans, and all modern conveniences. There is AC if you want it. Comfortable chairs on the second floor loggia overlook a pleasant patio with bar and food service.
The restaurant food and décor are acceptable and actually quite good by Georgetown standards.
Yes, dogs bark next door, contributing further to that authentic Georgetown ambience. Bring earplugs if that would bother you.
We found the service extraordinary by any standard – one maid even did our laundry for us onsite! Be careful about using the normal laundry, though. During our visit they took everything to a laundromat and put staples in every item. That practice, we were told, may change soon. If it matters to you, ask.
Among the many pluses of this place are its staff, history, and ready access to the tour operator Wilderness Explorers. Many staff members have worked at Cara for years and are happy to tell fine stories, some featuring celebrities.They’ll recount the history if you ask and will even show you the “ballet room.” We were more than pleased with our customized month-long adventure through Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana which was implemented for us by Wilderness Explorers. Their office is elsewhere, but Cara can easily put you in touch with them. We highly recommend Wilderness for any travel in the region.
And we loved Cara!
- Also Known As:
- Cara Hotel
- Cara Hotel Georgetown
- Cara Lodge Guyana/Georgetown
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The history aficionado will appreciate a stay at Cara Lodge, Guyana. It is one of the oldest and grandest structures in Georgetown, and is the best known and most popular hotel in Guyana. Cara Lodge was built in the 1840s and originally consisted of two houses. It has a long and romantic history and was the home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown. Over the years, the property has been visited by many dignitaries including King Edward VII who stayed at the house in 1923. He was of course later to abdicate and marry the American Wallis Simpson. Other dignitaries have included President Jimmy Carter in 1996, HRH Prince Charles in April 2000, HRH Prince Andrew in 2004 and Mick Jagger in 2005. This magnificent home turned hotel offers the tradition and nostalgia of a bygone era, complete with service and comfort of the most luxurious of hotels, all in a most congenial family atmosphere. Our signature dining establishment, the Bottle Restaurant, has been hailed as the best restaurant in the capital. It is open for lunch and dinner everyday, except Sundays. At Cara Lodge, we have worked hard to create a setting that is the perfect marriage of old world charm and contemporary comfort – ideal for the traveller wishing to experience a taste of Guyana’s past, and the business person wishing modern-day amenities. ... more less
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