Berbice is a coastal lowland region of Guyana along the Berbice River well known for its sugarcane, cattle and rice plantations. Distinct traces of Dutch and British colonization can still be found throughout Berbice, be it the architecture, cuisine, language or cultural traditions. Those looking to stay in the Berbice region have about a dozen hotels to choose from, nearly all of which are in either the city of New Amsterdam or Corriverton.
Hotels like the Astor, Parkway, Church View, Little Rock, Berbice Inn and Deluxe Guest House are in the heart of New Amsterdam, where a rich Dutch background is evident in the style of its historic churches and town hall. Popular attractions include the wooden remains of Fort Nassau, ferry rides on the Berbice River and a bevy of outdoor malls and shops. Several other hotels are situated in nearby Corriverton, including the Mahogany, Malinmar, Vish, La Grill, Paraton Inn and Riverton Suites. Guests staying here can relax at No. 63 Beach, glimpse local farm life up close and venture into neighboring Suriname.
Larger hotels like the Parkway have up to 35 guest rooms, while smaller ones like the Deluxe Guest House have only a third of that. Most rooms feature only basic furnishings and amenities. Some hotels, like the Church View, boast colonial-style architecture and antique furniture. A few of the nicer, newer properties, such as Little Rock Suites, will have mini fridges, gourmet coffee and balconies. La Grill also has rooms with kitchenettes that include stoves, ovens and full-sized refrigerators. Other places may have only televisions and climate controls in their rooms. Beds will usually come with mosquito nets.
Facilities and Amenities
Berbice lacks the large chain hotels and vacation resorts that commonly feature recreational facilities and hospitality services. Most typical of the small mom-and-pop establishments here would be car parking, Wi-Fi access in public areas and a 24-hour front desk with English-speaking staff, although not much else. However, a few of the higher-end hotels may sport additional amenities that Americans would find useful. For instance, La Grill has a car rental service and local tour concierge, while Little Rock Suites provides a conference center open to business travelers and event planners.
A handful of properties have their own on-site eateries complete with all-day menus and cocktail bars, including the Parkway Hotel, Little Rock Suites and La Grill. A few others, like the Deluxe and Church View, offer fresh-made breakfasts for free or a minimal charge. And the Riverton Suites will take dinner requests, cook it in the hotel kitchen and bring it to your room. For guests staying at hotels without dining options, you'll find in both New Amsterdam and Corriverton a bevy of local restaurants and cafes within walking distance, serving everything from local specialties to European dishes to halal cuisine.