Pool, gym, massage ... there is a lot of activity in Torarica if you are into an active holiday under the tropical sun. The interior is being reconstructed: I stayed in both an old and a new room, and there is a big difference. The modern ones are good standard, clean, and with a modern shower/toilet area. The beds were very comfortable and the size of the room is good - although I was alone in a double room, but there was plenty of space.
The best part of the hotel is the garden. The pool area is pretty, the hut-style gym/massage facilities looked attractive, although this time I did not have the opportunity to actually try them - will bring equipment next time! They have organised rumba/yoga/aerobics classes, which seemed well attended. The tennis courts are also well kept. I particularly enjoyed the country house and Pier by the Suriname river - a really peaceful and scenic spot. The country house seems a bit run down and underutilized, but this really was the attraction for me: a great place to wind down, enjoy the scenery, or even get some work or reading done in silence and quiet.
Food is OK - it does offer a bit of variety, but after a week or so you have seen it all... Service is good and helpful - in general, people in Suriname are very kind, helpful and good - natured. For first-time Europeans, the pace may seem slow at the beginning, but after a few days most pick up the 'speed' and take things easy!
The gardens are well kept and looked after. They are pretty much my idea of what a relaxing tropical garden would look like!
Since I did not visit the casino, I have no comment on that. The location of the hotel is good, although if the construction works inside the hotel and in the area are finished, it will be even better. The sights and restaurants / cafes are close Paramaribo is a walking town anyway, almost everything is easy to get to .
There are several trips organized to the interior and Torarica offers a tour service: most mornings the service desk is manned and helpful staff will guide you to the trip of your choice.
The cash machine and gift shop inside were also good service. One more positive point: all the staff speak fluent and good English. Since the majority of visitors come from Holland, Dutch is the primary language but English gets you by perfectly.
All in all, relax and enjoy your stay - I certainly did!
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- Also Known As:
- Torarica Hotel And Casino
- Torarica Hotel Paramaribo
- Torarica Hotel & Casino Suriname/Paramaribo