Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Paramaribo Suriname (2022 Updated)

There is a very small gay scene in Paramaribo, though currently no dedicated gay bars or clubs. LGBT travelers have nothing to worry about in Suriname and in the capital Paramaribo where the most of the foreigners chain hotels are gay friendly hotels Paramaribo.

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Suriname. Since 2015, hate speech and discrimination in employment and the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation has been banned in the country. Same-sex marriage and civil unions are not recognised by law.

Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname on the banks of the Suriname River. It’s known for ornate wooden Dutch colonial buildings in its center. On the banks of the river, the 17th-century Fort Zeelandia houses the Surinaams Museum, with exhibits on the region’s history. Nearby, the wood-and-stone Presidential Palace faces Independence Square and is backed by the Garden of Palms, a public park.

 

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1. Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo

Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo
Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo

Featuring a terrace, a swimming pool and a fitness centre, Courtyard Paramaribo offers rooms with free cable TV only a 10-minute walk from the Palm Tree Garden. There is a restaurant, and a bar is featured by the pool.

Bright and spacious, rooms at Paramaribo Courtyard feature carpeted floors and modern decor. All of them have air conditioning and large seating areas.

A wide variety of international dishes can be enjoyed at the restaurant. Drinks from the bar can be enjoyed on the sun loungers by the pool.

Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo is an ideally located hotel in Paramaribo, Suriname for goal-oriented travelers who want more out of each stay. We recognize your business and personal success by surrounding you with the right blend of attentive services and casually cool places that invite you to enjoy your accomplishments. Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo has a bold style that shines through in our decor, innovative amenities and demeanor.

We know what our guests want and provide them with many options so they can stay productive and still have time for fun! Our hotel located on the shores of the Suriname River features 140 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, Riverview Patio, Lobby Bar, complimentary high speed internet, a business center, Fitness Center, The Market (24/7 mini-market), banquet rooms complimentary parking and complimentary downtown city shuttle. All this is enhanced by well-trained staff that provide the best personalized service with a personal touch.

Clean comfortable room and nice view of the river and pool area from my balcony which was a comfortable size. Hot breakfast ample with a nice mix of American, Dutch, Chinese and Surinamese dishes. Poolside restaurant service tended to be on the slow side but that’s not unusual for Suriname, but was tasty enough to more than compensate for the wait. Location isn’t convenient if you don’t have a vehicle but there is a regular daily shuttle to the city centre.

The hotel is well located, a little out of the city centre, but a short walk away, and they have a free shuttle bus to drop you off there.

The room was very big with in-room safe, tv, tea & coffee etc.. Only missed a mini bar, although there was a fridge.

The bed was very comfy, and the bathroom was spacious and well appointed. Service was excellent throughout, especially in the restaurant and around the pool.

Food was very good. Ate at the fish market night which was excellent. Other meals eaten here were also of a good standard, if not a little pricier than options elsewhere.

Breakfast was a little pricey at $18 but there were plenty of options including an egg station offering eggs, pancakes, waffles etc.. There was also an excellent dimsum station.

The Courtyard Paramaribo has all the amenities you’ll need on a leisure trip, including free Wi-Fi, access to a computer and printer, room service, a pool and a fitness centre. Love dim sum? Then breakfast will be a treat as options are included with the buffet. The hotel is situated on the banks of the Suriname River, so views are available at a price.

There is a free shuttle into town, where you must tour the architectural treasures of the historic inner city. I recommend exploring the city on foot and if you’re accustomed to walking, the return trek to the hotel is certainly doable, once the light is good and you’re not loaded with bags.

The best thing about this hotel for me was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. It sounds like a cliche but this was genuinely the case – they really did everything they could to sort things out for me which was really refreshing.

The hotel is ok. The room was spacious, quiet and very clean with a good sprinkling of power points. The hotel shuttle service from/ to the airport as well as to the city centre is helpful for first time visitors.

The wifi has excellent coverage throughout the property.

Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo 
Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo

How much does a room costs at Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo ?

Prices start 109 $/night for Standard Queen RoomThe Standard King Room is  119$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room features a king-size bed, cable TV and air conditioning.

Where to book online – Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo – Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo you can find the best hotels deals in Paramaribo during Suriname Jazz Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Paramaribo on Booking.com  or  Expedia.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Hotel Palacio 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo

Hotel Palacio
Hotel Palacio

Located in the city centre, Hotel Palacio offers free WiFi and buffet breakfast in Paramaribo. The central market, Independencia square, and Zeelandia Fort are 200 m away. Guests can relax in the shared TV lounge or in the terrace.

All rooms in Hotel Palacio feature private bathrooms and air conditioning. The suites feature city views as well. Laundry services can be arranged upon request.Hotel Palacio is located in the heart of the historical city center of Paramaribo. The strikingly beautiful hotel has an architectural style which is characteristic for the colonial city. This hotel makes for a perfect base for exploring Suriname!

The location was perfect as well. Close to restaurants and landmarks and right in the middle of a UNESCO heritage historical district.

The room had a comfortable bed with good linen and pillows, a refrigerator, coffee maker and an air conditioner that cooled the room quickly. The cable tv had a good selection of channels and the shower had good pressure with lots of hot water. The room was spotlessly clean as well.

Breakfast buffet was great too! Scrambled eggs, sausages, and pancakes for the warm foods: meat, cheese, sliced vegetables (tomato, lettuce, cucumber) and fresh fruit, a variety of cereals, bread and rolls and fruit juice, coffee, tea and homemade cakes every morning. Very filling.

The Palacio hotel has a great location on the Heerenstraat, which leads directly into the MR.F.H.R. Lim A Post Straat towards the sea, the most attractive stretch of old Paramaribo UNESCO World Heritage. The building itself, although probably of a younger date, also fits well into this beautiful part of town.

Talking of the surroundings, all of interest is in walking distance, the main sights, all the best restaurants and the shopping area around Domineestraat. One can also feel safe here, even at night.

We had booked a Queen room, but then we saw that this room was rather small with the double bed pushed against a wall, which meant that one person would have had to climb over the other to get out. Thus we asked for another room and got a twin-bedded room of much bigger size. Anyway during our 4-nights-stay there the only other guests had been two Dutch ladies travelling together.

To go to the room one has to go up some stairs, since there is no elevator. To look out the windows of the room was not very exciting, since there was a tin roof of a neighboring house blocking almost all the view.

In the bathroom there was a washbasin with a liquid soap dispenser, but only cold water. In the shower there were two separate dispensers for shampoo and shower gel, but they looked and smelled the same, so I wondered if they really put two different items in there. The showerhead was out of shape and the water went in all direction, some of it onto the body to be washed.

Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo
Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo

How much does a room costs at Hotel Palacio Paramaribo ?

Prices start 96 $/night for Standard King. The Standard Queen is  99$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features a private entrance, air conditioning and cable TV.

Where to book online – Hotel Palacio – Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo you can find the best hotels deals in Paramaribo during Suriname Jazz Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Paramaribo on Booking.com  or  Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Jacana Amazon Wellness Resort 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo

Jacana Amazon Wellness Resort
Jacana Amazon Wellness Resort

Featuring free WiFi and a year-round outdoor pool, Jacana Amazon Wellness Resort offers accommodation in Paramaribo, 2.9 km from Paramaribo Central Market. The resort has a children’s playground and spa center, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.

All rooms at Jacana Amazon Wellness resort come with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area, a terrace or balcony to relax in after a busy day. Rooms also include private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, free toiletries and a hair dryer. Superior rooms include a spa bath or a hot tub.

Inspired by the natural beauty of our pristine rainforest, rich native culture, and unique heritage, Jacana Hotel is Suriname’s first authentic Amazon Wellness Resort. Located in our capital city of Paramaribo and themed after the lush tropical interior of Suriname, you can retreat to an outdoor ambiance.

I stayed at the Jacana resort for one night. The premises of the resort are among some of the most beautiful I have encountered. The pool is a piece of art and the grounds have large bamboo trees and it is all excellently maintained.

Breakfast:
The breakfast could do with some more choices, but the quality of the food itself was good. The staff was also very friendly.

Rooms:
The room are spacious, but the pillows are not comfortable. That is an area that needs improvement. Also the button to turn of the ceiling fan and light is hidden very well. Trying to find it at 1 AM is a major chore and I called the front desk then to ask them where the button is, but nobody picked up the phone…

Massages:
This is an area in which the resort shines! Karishma massaged us and it was one of the better massages I have ever had. Felt completely relaxed after the massage. Karishma is truly a professional!

Location: the resort is located a bit outside the center, but there are plenty of grocery stores and food options nearby within walking distance.

Parking: Parking is possible on the grounds of the hotel and there is a guard at all times which ensures that your car is safe.

So would I recommend staying here? Yes, but mainly for the premises, pool and the massage! The room is a little but underwhelming.

But overall I have to say that such an hotel is unique in Paramaribo and for that I have to applaud them.

How much does a room costs at Jacana Amazon Wellness Resort ?

Prices start 89 $/night for Classic Double Room with Balcony. The Suite with Hot Tub is  149$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features a private entrance, air conditioning and cable TV.

Where to book online – Jacana Amazon Wellness Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Paramaribo you can find the best hotels deals in Paramaribo during Suriname Jazz Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Paramaribo on Booking.com  or  Expedia.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

 

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.