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TravelPod Member ReviewsRoyal Torarica Paramaribo
I travel to Paramaribo every other month for business. I normally stay at the Courtyard Marriott, a nice hotel. On this trip, since my wife accompanied me, I decided to try something new. WOW was I glad I did!
Upon arrival we were cordially greeted by the front desk staff. We were well ahead of the normal check-in time. They did the registration at that time, stored our bags, and called us a taxi so we could explore Paramaribo without delay.
When we returned to the hotel, the staff called us by name and almost instantaneously had a bellman by our side. He helped us to our deluxe river-view room. The room was nicely decorated and painted. The room had a very European style.
The room had a generous amount of space, with a fairly large window. It overlooked the pool area and a portion of the Suriname River. The living space contained a king-size bed, flat screen TV, desk and chair, love seat, and a coffee table. The best feature of the bathroom was the very large, walk-in shower. One could choose between the handheld shower or the rain head. The rain head was particularly relaxing.
The grounds are absolutely huge and immaculate. The Royal Torarica's parent hotel, the Torarica Hotel and Casino is on the adjoining property. One can walk both properties, enjoy both pools and both restaurants.
At the Royal's pool, there is a bar. The pool is surrounded on three sides by a wood deck. On the deck are multiple options for sitting by the pool, including tables and chairs with umbrellas, lounge chairs, and twin bed-type structures with a fabric cover. It was a very relaxing environment. This pool is not particularly child-friendly. It ranges from 4.5 feet to nearly 6 feet in depth. However, one can certainly take children next door to the Torarica. The pool there is much larger and it is child-friendly.
The Royal offers a spa. We both took advantage of the 60 minute massage for $48US. The lady was very professional and very nice.
Every staff member we encountered was very courteous and service minded. We almost felt like royalty.
Last, but certainly not least, I must comment on the dining facility. Heavenly is the first word that comes to mind. The food and service at breakfast and dinner was very, very good. But the dinners were amazing. Out of five nights, we opted to dine at the hotel restaurant for three of those. I think it was in the restaurant where we felt most like royalty. The executive chef, Floris van Noort, was simply amazing. He came to our table several times over those three nights to explain what he had made and exactly how it was prepared. We were not the only ones to benefit from his personality. We saw him make similar trips to several tables. There are more specifics about the restaurant experience in the blog entry.
We have traveled to 20 countries and stayed in many hotels. The Royal Torarica is very definitely one of the best hotel experiences we have ever had. I will return.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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