The Pasha Global group has four hotels in Paramaribo, each with its own character. All have 20 rooms, making them big enough to have the spacious feeling of a good hotel but small enough that guests and staff get to know each other quickly, ensuring a friendly atmosphere and good customer service. While Dutch is the official language here, most Surinamese people also speak the local language, Sranan Tongo, and many are proficient in English.
Top of the range is the Atlantis, which is easy to find, on one of the city’s main roads. It is far enough out of town to avoid the hustle and bustle, but a taxi will get you there in 10 minutes if it’s sightseeing or nightlife you’re after.
Opened in 2014, the Atlantis still has that ‘new’ feeling. The rooms are comfortable and stylish, attractive for families as well as couples. The cleverly designed restaurant, with its garden atmosphere of lush green plants, has glass walls that allow the rest of the floor to benefit from the ambience.
Slightly closer to the city centre is the Savannah Hotel, in an area known locally as ‘little Brazil’. Suriname is a multicultural society and this area, while perfectly suitable for people of any nationality, is particularly appealing to Brazilian visitors, with that country’s bars and restaurants just along the street. On Sunday mornings after breakfast, Savannah guests can wander through the nearby street market where stallholders sell everything from exotic fruit and vegetables to antiques.
Talking of markets, the heart of Paramaribo has a big one down by the river, full of local produce from the highly productive fields that benefit from the Surinamese climate, and just two minutes’ walk from the Tropicana Hotel. This makes the hotel especially popular with visitors from neighbouring French Guiana, who appreciate this country’s fresh vegetables, as witnessed by the blackboard in the breakfast room, which advertises Petit Dejeuner. The city’s other sights and several excellent restaurants are only a short walk away too.
And so to the most central of all: the Mirage Hotel. This is in Domineestraat, the city’s top shopping street. Currently being upgraded, the Mirage offers outstanding value for money and the chance to enjoy the energy and vibe of Paramaribo while being only a few steps away from the peace and comfort of your hotel.
The Pasha Global group seems to have an eye for a good bathroom, which is so important for guests, and colour schemes and furnishings are tasteful and relaxing.
All the hotels have their own parking, which is handy in this small, busy city if you are going to rent a car, and each has an onsite casino and restaurant, although you wouldn’t know it if you’re looking for a quiet time.
Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Kwattaweg 244, T +597 44 34 11
Savannah Hotel & Casino, Anamoestraat 9, T +597 45 91 66
Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Saramaccastraat 17, T +597 52 09 90
Mirage Hotel & Casino, Domineestraat 11, T +597 47 33 51
Text | Chris Morvan