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Caracas Venezuela in late 2003

An October 2003 trip to Caracas by maynard7

Quote: Nine day visit to Caracas.

Caracas Venezuela in late 2003

Overview

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Quick Tips: I'm not sure what your reason would be for coming to Caracas. I went to visit friends that I met there in 1992. The country has changed a lot, mostly for the worse. Although nothing happened to me, my friends who live there said it is now much more dangerous and they repeatedly warned me about walking alone at night. The exchange rate is fixed currently at 1600 per US dollar, which makes it expensive when compared to most other countries in South America. If they let their currency float again, things would be much cheaper. The black market rate is about 2400 per dollar, but it's not easy to find someone to change money for you when you're a tourist and don't know where to ask. I...Read More
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In November 2003, the price was only 22000 Bolivares per night. Try room 96 with the fabulous view. The rooms are decent considering the price. Ceiling fans only, no A/C. Private baths and TV. At this price, you get some couples that come only for a few hours, but overall, the place is OK. It's located between Ave. Casanova and Maxys in the Bello Monte neighborhood.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Hotel La Mirage
Prolongacion Sur Avenida Las Acacias
Caracas, Venezuela
793 27 33

Hotel Ritz

Hotel

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I saw this place reviewed on a few other websites and decided to stay there my first night. I didn't stay a second night because of street noise that wouldn't get better by changing to a different room. I was in room 66, which included TV and air-conditioning. The air conditioner here and the ones in most other budget hotels in Caracas are 20 to 30 years old (not an exaggeration) and make a huge amount of noise. You can't sleep with it turned on and when it's hot, you can't sleep with it turned off either. Comfortable bed. Parking, color TV, and restaurant. Free local phone calls from your room.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Hotel Ritz
Ave. Las Palmas (La Habana)
Caracas, Venezuela
793 78 11

Royal Hotel

Hotel

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This was my favorite hotel in Caracas. The room was 32,000 Bolivares per night. The rooms were very lovely, especially considering the price. The room included color TV with cable, air-conditioning, beautiful private bathrooms, and hot water. Get a room in the back to avoid street noise, although you will still hear horns honking from several blocks away. Local phone calls cost 100 Bolivares per minute.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Royal Hotel
Calle San Antonio
Caracas, Venezuela
762 54 94

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This place is a mixed bag. The neighborhood and the price are OK, but they charged me a fortune for local phone calls, so I changed hotels to express my displeasure. Do not use the phone in your room to make outgoing calls for any reason. They have a public phone just up the steps from the lobby, which I wasn't aware of . . . use either that phone or a public phone outside. Local calls were billed at nearly US$1 per minute. Other than the phone ordeal, the room was fairly attractive, but nothing special considering the price in this third world country. In November 2003, it was 45,000 Bolivares per night (US$28). There was no hot water in my room, despite the giant hot water tank that was...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Hotel Altamira
Ave Felix Sosa, Altamira Sur
Caracas, Venezuela
267 42 55

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This is a good choice for vegetarians or anyone just trying to get a healthy meal in this city. It costs less than US$3 for the all-you-can-eat buffet. You must pay the cashier at the outside window and give your receipt to the server inside. The food is decent, but not a gourmet's delight. It's good value for the price. About 100m from the Gran Cafe, one block from Ave Francisco Solano in the Sabana Grande area.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Sabas Nieves Vegetarian Restaurant
Calle Pascual Navarro, Qta Jenny #12
Caracas, Venezuela
763-6712

Avila

Attraction | "Aerial cable car ride to Mount Avila"

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When I last visited Venezuela, the old cable car system wasn't working any more. They had a European company come in and build something completely new, and it's wonderful. The ticket cost was 15,000 Bolivares and will soon be 20,000. A 15-minute ride (give or take five minutes) takes you to the top of Mount Avila, where quiet awaits. What a great escape from the bustle of Caracas. Take a sweater or jacket since it's very cool at the top. You should have a beautiful view of the entire valley. This was my favorite activity in the capital of Venezuela and I highly recommend it to all.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Avila
Altamira; San Bernardino;
Caracas, Venezuela