We were backpacking in Guyana recently and loved it. It’s quite an experience in fact and was completely different to what I expected. You might be wondering where to stay in Georgetown though as it isn’t exactly a “backpacker hub”. We based ourselves in the centrally located Rima Guesthouse and loved it. As well as touring Georgetown, Sloth Island, Parika and Bartica we also visited the awesome Kaieteur Falls. Here’s 5 reasons why you should stay at Rima Guesthouse.
Rima Guesthouse is very centrally located in Georgetown. It’s on Middle Street. There is a bar opposite, a Cambio next door, plus it is close to all of these attractions and amenities, rough walking time in brackets:
– St. George’s Cathedral (10 mins)
– Tourist Information (5 mins)
– Dagron Tours (30 seconds)
– Fogartys (8 mins)
– City Hall (12 mins)
– Stabroek Market (16 mins)
2. Fast Wi-Fi
I was actually really shocked by the speed of the Wifi in Rima. It even worked fast in our bedroom which allowed me to keep my Facebook Page, Twitter and Blog up to date during my 5 days in Guyana.
3. Friendly Staff
Rima Guesthouse is run by a local family, who live here. They are very welcoming and friendly and it becomes your home. A cosy lounge is a great place to relax. We also caught some of the World Cup matches live here.
4. Safety and Security
Georgetown has a reputation for crime and it does have a dodgy side so you will be happy to know that Rima Guesthouse provides a safe haven and the staff also know where to and where not to go in the city.
As backpackers we want value for money and Rima will not break your budget. A double room costs 35 US Dollars per night, so at $17.5 each it’s one of the best value hostels/guesthouses in the Guyanas.
I’ll have more to come from backpacking in Guyana, French Guyana and Suriname but in the meantime, here are the details of Rima Guesthouse:
92 Middle Street
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 592-225-7401 or 592-226-7106
7 thoughts on “Where to Stay In Georgetown, Guyana: Rima Guesthouse”
The women here seem to do all the work. Although, as an elderly woman, I paid in advance US$5.00 for ‘porterage’ of one suitcase down 2 flights of stairs, they left my case halfway down. The strong able-bodied men seem lazy and indifferent. Geralda D.
Hi Geralda, I’m inclined to agree with you here. It was a bit like that when we were there too but it is a cheap place to stay and for the budget backpacker perhaps the best option in Georgetown. Guyanese are fairly relaxed people on the whole. Jonny
Thanks for the info. This is exactly what I was trying to find in Georgetown but was buried under a bunch of fancy hotels. I emailed them and they responded right away!
Hi Amber, thanks for the comment and I’m glad you got accommodation in Georgetown. It’s a bit of a wacky city! Safe travels. Jonny