Georgetown Guyana lodging: five places to stay

Pegasus Hotel

Pegasus Hotel dominates the horizon

Georgetown Guyana lodging ranges from $10.00 rooms at the YWCA to $130.00 rooms at the Pegasus. The Marriott is constructing a new luxury hotel along the Seawall, which has created a buzz in this Caribbean capital in South America.

Pegasus Hotel pool

The beautiful Pegasus pool

I usually do not write about lodging and when I do it is usually camping, hostels, or even staying in a hammock. I am no World of Deej or Andi from My Beautiful Adventures when it comes to hotel pieces, so I apologize if I miss some of the finer points; however, since not much is written about Guyana in the first place, a post summing up the different options would be useful to those who follow in my footsteps.

Therefore, I stayed at a different place each night while in Georgetown. I ran the gamut of different lodging options in order to give a perspective of the hotel spectrum on this interesting city located at the mouth of the Demarara River.

Pegasus Hotel:

The Pegasus Hotel is basically the skyline of Georgetown. At over ten stories, there may not be another building in Guyana over five stories. Located along the Seawall at the mouth of the Demarara River where it empties into the Caribbean. The Pegasus is a luxury hotel with all your quality amenities including cable TV, room service, and top notch service.

Georgetown Guyana lodging

Pegasus desk and HD TV where I blogged and watched the Alabama vs Georgia SEC championship game

Costs: Start at $130.00 a night and upward

Pluses:

  • ATM with money in Guyanese dollars.
  • The location is great along the Seawall.
  • Lively nightlife in the hotel with awesome specialty cocktails. At night the Pegasus comes alive with jazz or reggae music at the Latino Bar.
  • Whenever I travel in the tropics a pool needs to come into the picture at some point, and the giant outdoor pool at the Pegasus certainly did the trick.
  • Guide service inside the hotel, which can arrange tours to Kaieteur and other popular destinations.
  • The service was friendly and accommodating at all levels.
  • Free wi-fi
  • Outstanding breakfast buffet included in the price
Pegasus Hotel

Comfortable and clean room with a firm bed

Minuses:

  • The hotel is quite run down on the outside and needs a major paint job. They are renovating inside and fortunately the inside is in much better shape.
  • The price for the room is quite high for an even an American hotel, but for a developing country it is off the charts. I stayed at a similar hotel in Thailand for $25.00 a night. Even though the economy of Thailand is probably better than Guyana, this fact does not carry over into lodging prices for some reason.

Cara Lodge:

Located in middle of downtown Georgetown is the Cara Lodge. This is a favorite for foreigners heading into the interior to places like the Rupunini and the Iwokrama. The restaurant and bar is known around town as one of the best places to eat and drink. The bartender is notorious for making great caiprinhas.

Cara Lodge Georgetown

The beautiful Cara Lodge

The service here is outstanding. I showed up hot and sweaty from my short walk in the tropical heat and Samantha at the front desk quickly offered me a delicious fresh fruit juice drink. They also were very accommodating in letting me leave some stuff at no charge when I flew into the interior even though I was not staying upon my return.  I left in the morning at 5 a.m. to catch a flight into the interior, so I was unable to test out the breakfast options.

Cara Lodge Georgetown

Cara Lodge comfortable room with desk and HD TV

Costs: Start at $125.00 a night

Pluses:

  • Beautiful building inside and out
  • Exceptional service and very accommodating
  • Great restaurant and bar
  • Central location in the middle of the city
Georgetown Guyana lodging

Delicious orange flavored salmon at the Bottle Restaurant

Minuses:

  • I am going to sound like a broken record, but again the price is quite high at $125.00 and up. They did give me a corporate travel writer discount down to $85.00, but of course that would not apply for people reading this review. I did want to disclose that and note it is not affecting my review. Even without the discount I would compliment them on their service.
  • Mosquitoes in the room made the provided mosquito spray necessary

Ariantze Hotel:

The Ariantze Hotel is a hotel that must have seen its heyday sometime in the 1970 as it is quite an old building with lime green colored walls. I arrived at this location and was immediately greeted like family as if I had stayed there before. Business manager Michele and head of housekeeping Paula treated me as if I was a long lost friend. The porter took my stuff up and asked where I was from. When I said USA, he beamed a friendly grin and said “Obama.”

Georgetown Guyana lodging

Ariantze Hotel bed and much needed mosquito netting

Ariantze Hotel Guyana

Ariantze desk and work area

Costs: Start at $50.00

Pluses:

  • At $50.00 a night it is a little more friendly toward budget travelers
  • Spacious rooms
  • Great central location
  • Free wi-fi
  • Treated like a good friend by the staff
  • The Sidwalk Café downstairs has cocktails and live music
  • The free continental breakfast was outstanding with coffee, fresh juice, fruit, cereal, and fresh bread.
Ariantze Hotel Georgetown

Ariantze Hotel breakfast of champions

Minuses:

  • A hotel like this in the United States might cost $25.00 to $40.00 a night depending on location. Again, I do not understand the economic factors involved here while lodging is so over priced in this country.
  • Mosquitoes in the room made the provided mosquito netting a must
  • The mini bar was not stocked and when asked I was told I had to order from downstairs
  • The menu for the downstairs bar showed delicious cocktails, but when I ordered one I was told they only had Bank’s beer.
  • No pool
  • When I went down at 10 p.m. to see the live jazz, I was told the band was already done.
Georgetown Guyana lodging

Caribbean hospitality at its best

All the rooms above had air-conditioned and in room security lockers, so I did not even bother to add in the pluses.

Rima’s Guesthouse

A backpacker friendly hostel, Rima’s has individual rooms with shared showers and bathrooms. Another place with friendly and accommodating hosts, which seems to be the norm for anywhere in this laid back country. There is a chalkboard at the entrance that made me feel like home as it stated my name in the room I was staying.

Georgetown Guyana lodging

In case I forgot, I am in room 4

Costs: Start at $20.00 per night

Pluses:

  • $20.00 a night for a comfortable room with a fan.
  • I was told they had authentic Guyanese food by my cab driver going to the airport, but I did not even know they served food here.
  • Central location in downtown Georgetown
  • Wi-fi

Minuses: The minuses are what you expect from a hostel. There is no a/c, shared bathrooms, and no pool, but these are expected for the price.

Grand Coastal:

Another mid range hotel in Georgetown, which I did not stay at, but it is popular and was recommended by several people, so I feel I need to include a few quick plus or minuses. The main plus is it is a nice mid-range hotel starting at $65.00 with a pool. It is the most frugal lodging option in the city with a pool. The main minus is it is outside of the city a little bit, so you would have to pay $1.00 each way for cab fare when going to and from downtown.

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8 Responses to Georgetown Guyana lodging: five places to stay

  1. Jeremy Branham January 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I have to agree with you about the pricing. Lodging seems a bit overpriced. For $125 to $130, you would get a much nicer hotel in the US. However, the one for $125 looked better than the $130 option. Of course, you can’t beat the $10 hammock (except for a free hammock) but I would worry about the mosquitoes.
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  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures January 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    I want to stay at the Pegasus!

  3. Nance Carter January 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    The hospitality and low price would draw me to choose the Ariantze, but I would have to get used to the cubbyhole that the bed is in. Surprised there is a desk area. Good recap to give anyone thinking of going there a head’s-up on accommodations.
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    • travelingted February 5, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      The Ariantze room was actually quite spacious as there was a desk and TV in front of the bed. Then there was a hallway that wrapped around the corner.

  4. Mera Johnson October 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    I think I plan on staying at the Grand Coastal next year! I’m bringing my hubby and two small kids age 5 and 2. Do you think we should stay somewhere else?
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    • Ted Nelson October 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      I think Grand Coastal would be perfect. It is a good value and has a pool.

  5. Emily April 27, 2014 at 5:27 am #

    The Grand Coastal is great! I stayed there in December of 2013 it was a very pleasant experience. Friendly staff,clean rooms,great food and a fabulous salon! Definitely staying there again!

    • Ted Nelson May 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi Emily,

      This is the one hotel I did not stay in among the list, but probably the first one I would stay in when I return. I like the decent price, a pool, and your recommendation.

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