Cara Lodge

Cara Lodge

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4.0
#4 of 23 hotels in Georgetown
Location
4.1
Cleanliness
4.3
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Value
3.6
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Meeting rooms
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
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Safe
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Charming

Location

294 Quamina St, Georgetown Guyana
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 65 out of 100
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Cheddi Jagan Intl Airport
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MarkusK wrote a review Feb 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Cara Lodge at the beginning and the end of my recent vacation in Guyana. The first room was OK but had a bit of an older / very slight dank smell to it and a slightly aged bathroom; while the room on the second part of our stay was nicer and felt much newer. The hotel is quite beautiful and sticks out as a remarkable building within Georgetown. The staff were helpful, however the restaurant was more frustrating than not. Many of the trips and excursions for visitors leave at 6:45AM from the hotel; the breakfast is supposed to start at 6:30 (which is cutting it close) however both mornings the breakfast was not out at 6:30 or 6:45 leaving us without food until lunch time. Additionally, we had lunch in the dining area one day and the service was inconsistent, we were told certain dishes were sold out but 15 minutes later saw them served, and had to wait 20 minutes to pay once we got the check.

Aside from food service issues, the stay was quite pleasant and this really seemed to be the best option in the city.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Milonga wrote a review Apr 2023
Poole, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were happy to have this recommended for the start and end of our tour to Guyana as we enjoy staying in historical buildings rather than large chain hotels. We stayed a total of five nights.
We stayed in different rooms, all clean and compact.

Rooms have air conditioning and overhead fans. Wifi worked well.
Hand towels were available and then not available.

There is a problem though with hot water. None for our initial two nights and just about for our last three nights ( we were promised this would be looked into and after a further change of room after our return, we had hot water). Others in our party did not have hot water either. Possibly we were told, due to a problem with the solar system, although it is not clear if some parts of the hotel are actually connected. One way or another, this is an international city hotel charging international prices and this needs to be resolved and information properly communicated so that informed choices can be made.

Overall the decor was tired.

There is a large breakfast menu but service was slow and given the wonderful produce in the local markets, the standard of fresh fruit was disappointing.

It seems tourism will take off with the oil industry and direct flights from the UK. Cara Lodge is a beautiful building and can provide an excellent offering to compete with modern hotels. Times are tough but on the other hand we had an excellent experience in the interior of Guyana, so hope this city hotel will improve to compete.
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Date of stay: March 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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keith h wrote a review Feb 2020
Chesham, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 2 nights. The Cara Lodge is a heritage building originating from the 1840's & has hosted royalty, dignitaries & other notables.
. I arrived not looking or feeling my best, straight from a thorough soaking at Kaiteur Falls so it was very pleasing to find myself at such a pleasant hotel.
. The Cara Lodge is a fine old building typical of colonial style architecture & although much modernised, it retains plenty of character.
. My room was large, well furnished with large bed, desk, chairs, bedside tables, side lamps & large flat screen T.V. Also tea & coffee making facilities.
. Large, well equipped shower room/ toilet & excellent a/c & fan.
Apart from a designated restaurant there is a large central meeting area surrounded by galleries . Although this is covered beware when sitting at tables near to the rear edge of the area which is planted up & although covered is open partially at the side which can mean you getting wet if it rains heavily. The bar is situated here & there are plenty of tables & chairs to relax in amongst the greenery. You can eat here, too with food chosen from the menu at the bar.
We had the buffet breakfast which was fine but some of the selection ran out pretty quickly.
. All the staff were very professional & pleasant & my arranged taxi for the morning of my departure to Cheddi Jagan airport was ready & waiting before time.
. A word of warning : if you are on a morning flight from there do not leave Georgetown too late. It is a long run with no alternative " short cuts". I left at 6:30 am to catch a 10 : 10 am flight & had a comfortable amount of time to spare. Others left an hour or so later & were worried that they were not going to make the same flight due to the density of traffic.
. The hotel is in a Good location in Bourda. Interesting place to walk around with a big market & old, wooden buildings.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Choose a room not directly facing the central meeting area. Could be noisy.
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Kazzie1409 wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night each side of a trip to the interior of Guyana. The first room was okay but the second was much better so I would, if you are staying for more than one night, ask to see a couple of rooms as the do vary. The wifi was excellent and the breakfast selection was okay. The service was good and I managed to drop off laundry on the first visit and collect it on the return which worked very well. There is a lovely bar in the middle of the hotel courtyard which is a lovely spot for a G&T. We happened to be there when a school formal was on so it did get a bit noisy but it was all over by midnight. The hotel does have a lovely feel to it and has embraced the heritage component without compromising too much on modern amenities.
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Date of stay: November 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Look at a couple of rooms if you are staying for more than one night as they do differ.
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amy000 wrote a review Mar 2020
Carnforth, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an old building, designed before electronic air conditioning. The original design had demarara shutters which channelled cool air in and allowed hot air to escape. This meant the room was dark but ventilated. In putting in air conditioning, and naming glass on the inside of the shutters the result is dark and noisy with no outside air. If you want the ceiling fan on, you also need the midnight on, so its useless at night. This did not make sleeping easy. This is what happens when you try to install modern facilities in an old building.

The hotel website shows a mango tree in a court yard and a cocktail bar. The mango tree has gone, and the cocktail bar only opened intermittently. Not everyone knew how to mix cocktails when it did open although when they were good they were very good.

The restaurant was friendly and accommodating with good food.

The reception staff were very helpful when our travel arrangements went adrift and the agents did not bother to let us know.

An oasis in a hot city. Georgetown is well worth visiting.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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JandD681 wrote a review Feb 2020
Erpingham, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Attractive period hotel in Central Georgetown. Rooms and public areas simply but nicely decorated and clean. In a busy area but traffic noise was not a problem. No lifts or porters that I could see so if you have problems with stairs or taking your luggage upstairs this might not be the hotel for you. I didn't see any ground floor rooms.
Food was OK but service was a bit strange as courses weren't delivered together - sometimes a good 10 minutes apart.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Oxota wrote a review May 2024
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at this hotel many times on business. The old part was built over 180 years ago and the rest of the buildings have been added in the same colonial style, which has a certain charm. Its main drawback is that it is very noisy. You will hear everything that is going on outside, in the hallway. It was often the case that the shower only had cold water.
On the positive side - very good restaurant compared to others in the city. Well and the best room is the suite under the roof - two rooms, kitchen very and comfortable.
Verdict, if you want exotic, stay here.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: I would try other hotels
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David D wrote a review Mar 2024
Brighton, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was badly let down by poor service. I suggest you allow at least an hour for breakfast, even if you're ordering the simplest things, as the service there in particular was painfully slow, even when not especially busy.
Service was better at other meals, though still with room for improvement in terms of efficiency and friendliness.
The quality of the food was generally good, though the Pepperpot was a big disappointment, as there was as much fat, gristle and bones as meat. In the dark sauce, these were difficult to tell apart until you bit into them - not a pleasant experience.
The rooms were good, although on one occasion my wife was deluged with brown water when taking a shower, messing up her hair for days. When we mentioned this to reception, we were told that there had been a plumbing problem which was now sorted, and if we let the taps run for a bit it would be OK (It wasn't actually clear until the next day). Much netter if we'd been told in advance that there was a problem. You may also need to double-pump the toilet in order to get it to flush.
On one occasion, I met the room cleaner. She was really friendly and did her job perfectly well. If the other staff could have matched her, this would easily have been a five star review.
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Date of stay: March 2024
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Michele H wrote a review May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our group is a surgical team working for 1 week in Georgetown 4x/year. We chose Cara Lodge on the recommendation of the hospital’s Board Chair. Every aspect of our interaction w/all associated w/the Lodge has been outstanding. Reservations accommodated the team even with our changing room needs 3x! The food is delicious. All servers are pleasant and efficient! The rooms are just fine; clean, quiet, comfortable and a great shower! We are returning for our third visit in May and will do so for our Nov. mission. Other hotels were suggested as they are less expensive and closer to the hospital but all team members agreed that they feel safe and the staff is very responsive and accommodating and prefer to stay at Cara Lodge.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
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PeterAZ wrote a review May 2024
Scottsdale
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and would like to offer our sincere apologies to a few of the staff at Cara lodge in Georgetown, Guyana. First of all to the two receptionists we encountered on our three separate stays in April - it was very thoughtless of us to arrive during the day and disturb you by wanting to check in. Furthermore we didn’t know it was rude to smile and be friendly or we certainly wouldn’t have done so, and should not have been surprised that you did not return the smiles. It was also especially inconsiderate of us to have expected someone to help take our one bag up three flights of steep and narrow stairs, even though we were staying in the Quamina Suite - your top accommodations. To compound our rudeness I personally apologize to the receptionist I asked for glue or something to help reattach a sole that had come loose on my sneaker. I should not have been surprised that you didn’t give a damn and offer any kind of help. We also offer our most sincere apologies to the tall waitress at breakfast - there is no reason for you to smile and be pleasant at 8AM when we were they only people in the restaurant. We also apologize for disturbing you at the bar in the afternoon and we know we were because you made it very obvious. We would however like to thank the barman and the two waiters who looked after us so wonderfully at our delicious rum tasting dinner, and the pleasant and helpful young man on our second and third stays who did carry our bag up the three flights of steps.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Shaun McGrath, Other at Cara Lodge
Responded May 17, 2024
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent stays at Cara Lodge. We sincerely apologize for the experiences you described, and we are deeply sorry for any inconvenience you and your wife encountered during your time with us. Firstly, we apologize for the lack of assistance and friendliness you experienced upon your arrival. It is always our goal to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all our guests, and it is clear that we fell short during your visits. We appreciate your feedback regarding our reception staff, and we will address this matter to ensure a more positive and supportive experience for our future guests. We also regret that you did not receive the assistance you expected with your luggage and with your request for help with your sneaker. Our team should be readily available to assist with such requests, and we will reinforce this with our staff to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Regarding your experiences in our restaurant and bar, we apologize for the lack of attentiveness and hospitality you encountered. We aim to provide excellent service at all times, and it is disappointing to hear that we did not meet these standards during your stays. On a positive note, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the rum tasting dinner and appreciated the service provided by the barman and the two waiters. We will pass on your kind words to them and the young man who assisted you with your luggage on your subsequent stays. We value your feedback as it helps us to improve our services and ensure a better experience for all our guests. We hope you will consider giving us another opportunity to provide you with the exceptional stay you deserve. Thank you once again for your constructive comments.
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Jamarri G asked a question Jul 2018
Are there irons in the rooms?
Answer from Shaun
Georgetown, Guyana10 contributions
Yes all the rooms have an iron and ironing board.
zbasdeo asked a question Aug 2017
Melville, New York
Does this hotel have hot water?
Answer from Davina S
Trinidad12 contributions4 helpful votes
Absolutely, all rooms have hot water, AC, mini-refrigerator, a kettle and all the usual amenities one would expect.
Answer from Lone K
Fredensborg, Denmark310 contributions143 helpful votes
Not quite sure it was part of a tour about $80-100 usd b&b is my guesstimate
Sunny Dr asked a question Mar 2015
Alexandria, Virginia1,241 contribution314 helpful votes
Do you have a gym>?
Answer from Errol D
Countryside, Illinois109 contributions58 helpful votes
There is no gym available on premises.
Oxota wrote a tip May 2024
22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would try other hotels"
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Jyothsna B wrote a tip Apr 2024
63 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try the pina colada..its to die for try and get a room on the ground floor or first floor.."
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enaidnosnibor wrote a tip Oct 2022
Sydney, Australia71 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't buy drinking water at the hotel, it's expensive. There's a supermarket nearby."
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Cynthia B wrote a tip Oct 2021
82 contributions50 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"if you want to look out the windows, get a room in the middle."
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Kazzie1409 wrote a tip Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia108 contributions48 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look at a couple of rooms if you are staying for more than one night as they do differ."
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PRICE RANGE
$217 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
34
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cara Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Cara Lodge?
Nearby attractions include St. George's Cathedral (0.3 miles), Touring Guyana (0.6 miles), and Guyana National Museum (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cara Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Cara Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Cara Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cara Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Oasis Cafe, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, and New Thriving.
Does Cara Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Cara Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cara Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Cara Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Cara Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Georgetown Seawall Band Stand (0.8 miles) and Kingston Seawall (0.8 miles).
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