We stayed at Cara Lodge for one night at the start of our trip to Guyana and one night at the end. The main building is a beautiful old colonial wooden building with a small, but pleasant courtyard at the rear with seating area and a small bar.
The rooms were fine, if a little tired. We stayed in room 201, which had windows overlooking the street, on our first night and room 107 on our last night. Room 107 had more efficient aircon and was generally a smarter room. Both rooms were fine though – with consistent hot water, which was not our experience in many places in Guyana!
The food in the restaurant was generally good and plentiful, though breakfast was a bit on the basic side.
Most of the staff were very friendly and helpful. On our first afternoon while relaxing in the courtyard, Tutsi came over to make us welcome and offer us tea/coffee and cake. He was also on hand to sort out our early (6.30) breakfast on our day of departure.
We were able to leave a bag with travel clothes etc. at Cara Lodge while we travelled to the interior and pick up the bag on our return 12 days later (very helpful with the 20lb weight limit on internal flights!).
We didn't stay in Georgetown for long enough to comment on the location, but as a hotel Cara Lodge is not a bad place to stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cara Hotel Georgetown
- Cara Lodge Guyana/Georgetown