We chose the Paseo Las Mercedes over the few surviving major chain hotels in Caracas for our two days there (passing through to elsewhere in Venezuela), based on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet, and were glad we did. It was our first trip to the country, we were tightly scheduled, and our Spanish was guidebook-basic.
The hotel and rooms were clean and pleasant, offered good food and TV (even some channels in English), and we were a few steps to shops, restaurants, etc. The staff were friendly and helpful in person, though hard to contact from the US except by phone. The one drawback was that the closest metro stop was a taxi or bus ride away.
For a first-time American visitor, the city's two major hurdles were money and the airport. Luckily, Venezuelans were happy to help us negotiate these things.
Hotel Internet rates in dollars are based on the official exchange rate. But if you pay in cash it is far more favorable to the visitor. However, this requires coming into the country with enough cash for your whole trip, because it's very hard to find a Venezuelan bank ATM where a US debit or credit card will work. (We finally found one, a 15 minute walk from the hotel.)
Departing from the Caracas airport, the lines at the gate and security are extremely slow-moving. Even having allowed a couple of hours, we would have missed our flight had it had not been late. Given that the airport is quite a drive from Caracas, and that there are frequent traffic backups, if you are departing at evening rush hour or on a weekend or holiday, you might need to leave for the airport hours before your flight.
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- Also Known As:
- Paseo Las Mercedes Hotel
- Paseo Las Mercedes Caracas