Guide to Housing, Food, and Money in Guyana
Georgetown, Guyana Hotels
Since arriving in Guyana we have stayed in two hotels. There are a few reasonably comfortable hotels in Geoergetown, at about an International 3 star standard, that all got pretty good reviews. There is also a new Marriott, but when we arrived it was booked. We booked three nights each at two local lodges to see the different experience.
The first lodge we stayed was the Herdmanston Lodge Hotel.
The good: The cleaning staff were kind and very attentive. The rooms were large with bamboo floors and balconies. The entrance was south-east, with the windows facing east for beautiful morning sunrises.
The bad: the restaurant had a set menu (other than breakfast) that had very few vegetarian options, and the bell hopâs English was
The second lodge we stayed in was the Cara Lodge Hotel. We just arrived here today. So far, so good. It is a historic lodge, that members of the British Monarchy stayed in when visiting the country. The daughter of the owners of the original home is now a world-famous ballerina!
The good: beautiful wood floors, charming balconies around central courtyard. Old, traditional charm. Better variety of foods at the restaurant.
The bad: Only a bit of a hassle at check in, with the desk insisting on a credit card authorization form and copy of the credit card (something I normally avoid for credit card security). But after speaking to the manager, all was ok.
Georgetown, Guyana Food
Other than hitting up the local markets for fresh produce, and one grocery store, yesterday our hosts took us to Shantaâs Puri Shop. This small Indian restaurant offers fresh and fast Indian food. I got a chickpea curry with a Guyanese Roti (more like an Indian Paratha) and a green salad. It was delicious. They also deliver, so we will be ordering from them more.
Weâve also eaten at the restaurants in both the Cara Lodge and Herdmanston Lodge. Both have daily menus, but the Cara Lodge definitely has more vegetarian menu options. Food prices in general in Guyana are quite reasonable.
Money in Guyana
The Guyanese dollar is standard here, although I understand some hotels and taxis are willing to take US dollars. At the time of publication, one 215 Guyanese dollars are equal to one US dollar. So be ready to spend in the thousands!
Thatâs all for today â enjoy a beautiful new week. Make the most of every moment. And Iâd love to hear â what little treasure have you discovered either on your travels or in your hometown?
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