A large counter and a friendly front desk assistant. The Nickerian hospitality welcomes me from the moment I enter the Residence Inn Nickerie. “Are you Mr. Chang” she kindly asks, instead of staring silently at her computer screen; something you come across on a regular basis at big hotels. Most of the time, people will get confused by the foreign surname. The security guard smilingly watches on. I only have one handbag. “We don’t have a bellboy, but if you did have a lot of luggage the guard would have assisted you”, the receptionist says. Something to remember for a next visit.
Before I take the stairs, I have a quick glance at the atrium (read: the lobby). I can see the restaurant through the glass. Upstairs I open de door of the most sought after room: the corner room. It is popular because of the two balconies and the panoramic view. Everything I need is here. The room is equipped with a small fridge, a writing desk with drawers and even a bench to sit on while putting on your shoes, as well as double curtains. The connecting door is convenient for people with children.
At the Lanai Restaurant, I do what most hotel guests and local visitors do: I go and sit on the terrace and choose from the extensive menu. I will eat the sumptuous breakfast inside. One guest prefers fries instead of rice with his fish fillet. “Coming up!”, the waiter says. Here too, you’ll experience the Nickerian hospitality. There are no breaks in the opening hours, so don’t worry if you arrive at three p.m. Lanai Restaurant will be open.
One of the conveniences of Residence Inn Nickerie is its central location. The hotel has a business center and is surrounded by commercial banks, the town market, the commissariat, the police headquarters and Telesur. In the rental accommodation on the ground floor there are affiliates of Trustbank Amana and SLM Passage Sales office. My decision to check in here again another time has already been taken. In fact, from the moment I checked in …