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Residence Inn Nickerie - Hotel with Nickerian hospitality

Travel writer Charles Chang visits Residence Inn Nickerie and experiences a warm welcome.

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 …

Text & photos: Charles Chang, June 2019

Translation: Roline Brahim-Tjen A Kwoei/Equivalence Translations

R.P. Bharosstraat 84, Nieuw-Nickerie, Suriname

Tel.: + 597 (0)21 0950

 Residence Inn Nickerie

24 rooms, including 3 on the ground floor – front desk open 24/7 – breakfast included – free parking – free wifi – AC – cold/hot running water – no pets allowed – smoke-free hotel 

Valid until July 15, 2019

Hotel rates

Average weekend rates based on two people:


back room USD 90 / front room USD 95


Average weekday rates based on two people:


back room USD 80 / front room USD 85


Extra guest or child in the room: USD 15


The first child under 12 years old stays free of charge


All rates include taxes, service charges and breakfast

Opening hours Lanai Restaurant

Sunday thru Thursday: 06:30-22.00 hrs

Friday and Saturday: 06:30-23:00 hrs

Opening hours Lanai Bar

Sunday thru Thursday: 09:00-23:00 hrs

Friday and Saturday: 09:00-01:00 hrs

There is no break in the opening hours of the restaurant and the bar