This former Russian embassy, with a beautiful garden, has been redesigned to be a hotel. Actually it is more of an inn or guest house. The hotel also bought the houses around the embassy and converted these into guest rooms.
I found it difficult to rate this guest house. A definite plus is the staff. They are very friendly, natural and kind, and make you feel welcome, unlike for example the expensive Marriott Courtyard hotel further down the street. The atmosphere of this guest house is absolutely warm.
There are many minuses though. It is quite expensive, 70 dollars a night, and they charge 5% (!) extra for a payment with a credit card. They actually want cash only.
For this amount of money, the room is extremely basic, with the worst the bathroom: virtually no amenities whatsoever. Moreover, the bathroom had a terrible smell, probably due to an open connection in the floor with the sewage. The smell entered the bedroom, and after it had rained, the smell was so terrible that one could not stay in the room.
The wifi is very slow, and can therefore not be used at all times.
The bedroom furniture is also very basic with a dirty spotted rug that the cleaning lady brooms (!), no vacuum cleaning; they should throw the rug away. The linen is old and outdated, but clean.
The breakfast at the pool, after a walk through the beautifully kept garden is absolutely charming. Open air, birds and blossoming trees around you, with dangling mangoes, and Surinamese apples.
However, the food ordered for lunch is absolutely of low quality. I had a caesar salad that was only lettuce, 1 egg, 2 to slices of tomatoes en diced bread (not crumbs, just bread) at 28 dollar, they have totally no clue in the kitchen. It was absolutely tasteless, I had to throw it away.
One should not come here for the luxury. But if you want a nice river view from the public balcony in front, a supermarket nearby, ample parking space, and absolutely friendly staff, and a very nice garden with fruit and birds, this is your place for a far more authentic Surinamese experience than the large hotels offer. Be prepared for a basic experience though, and ask for a room without a smell.
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- Also Known As:
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- Paramaribo Residence Inn