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Caracas Has Character

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A March 2001 trip to Caracas by Tavia

Hilton Caracas Photo, Caracas, Venezuela More Photos
Quote: My jam-packed two-day business trip to Caracas left me in the care of wonderfully hospitable Venezuelans, who were proud to show me the neighborhoods of their city, Caracas.

Caracas Has Character

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Overview

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Venezuelans are amazingly hospitable people. If you ever visit, you should do all you can to spend some time with a local, as they will introduce the city to you in a way you would never discover on your own. My customers drove me all over the city, despite the horrendous traffic. My favorite part of the driving tour was when Ernesto took me up to Pueblo de el Hatillo, a colorful little colonial-style neighborhood. It's hilly narrow streets are filled with great shopping during the day and fun bars and restaurants at night, with a young crown. Another great area to be for nightlife is Las Mercedes -- it is full of discos and restaurants. Venezuelans are the only South Americans who are passionat...Read More

Hilton Caracas

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Hotel

Hilton Caracas Photo, Caracas, Venezuela
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This has nothing to do with whether or not you should stay here, so I will note it first to getit out of the way: the young men who work at this hotel are mostly drop-dead gorgeous. That, for me, was the best part of staying at this Hilton. The room itself was a typical Hilton hotel room, with nothing exceptional about it, perhaps it was a little bigger than normal. The amenities were the standard for the business traveler -- minibar, data port, room service (poor). I did have a nice view of the parque Nacional el Avila and its mountains. The front desk, porter and concierge services were very good. Everyone was helpful and polite, and their English was quite good. This is the n...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Hilton Caracas
AVENIDA LIBERTADOR SUR 25
Caracas, Venezuela
582125035000

Citron Cafe

Restaurant

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I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant which clearly cops off of ABSOLUT CITRON with its name and decor. Citron Cafe is on the top of the Centro Sambil mall, and if you sit outside on the porch, you get a great view of the city, the mountains that hedge in the valley, and every now and then you will see a helicopter landing at a nearby heliport. It's pleasant, and the noise of the city doesn't quite reach you. The menu offers a selection of various types of cuisines -- Italian, Asian, South American -- so it's a safe place with a group of people who may all be finicky eaters. I had a chicken dish, which was prepared in a delicious sauce and had wonderfully sauteed vegetables on the side. I ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2001

Citron Cafe
Centro Sambil, Avenida Libertador
Caracas, Venezuela

La Terraza

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Restaurant

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La Terraza is the buffet restaurant which is located off the pool of the Hilton Caracas hotel. The tables are spaced nicely apart, and have big comfortable chairs you can sink back into, which you will want to do after you made nine trips to the buffet! It's smorgasborg-style, with salads, cold dishes, hot dishes in chafing dishes and a carving station where the cook will broil for your fresh chorizo (blood sausages), chicken or a variety of fish. I ate a huge plate of salad greens and chorizo, which is salty and tasty. The dessert bar was equally impressive in scope but they were not a delicious as they looked. The servers were very kind and friendly, especially after I opted for their local bee...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 5, 2001

La Terraza
Avenida Libertador y Sur 25
Caracas, Venezuela
(582) 503-5000

Gourmet (Le)

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Restaurant | "Aroma Gourmet"

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My customer Ernesto took me here, he is in his late twenties and said he eats here all the time. It made sense: the place had that clean, open modern feel to it that would be so appealing to young adults out with friends who wanted to see and be seen. You could eat either outside or inside, there were small aluminum tables and chairs everywhere, scattered between potted plants and columns paneled in light wood. On each table is an unopened bottle of wine that if you drink it you're charged but you can refuse it (suggested as supposedly it's not great wine). Inside there is a nice long bar. We drank icy Coronas with lime (called limon in South America). I had a delicious dish of pasta that absolut...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Gourmet (Le)
Avenida Principal de Las Mercedes
Caracas, Venezuela 1060-A
+58 212 909 7111

Tecni-ciencia Libros

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Attraction

Tecni-ciencia Libros Photo, Caracas, Venezuela
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Tecni-ciencia Libros is a chain of bookstores in Venezuela. In addition to the store in the Centro Sambil Mall, they have 6 or 7 others located throughout the country, but most of them are in Caracas (where most of the Venezuelan people are). These bookstores are usually located in malls near the wealthier neighborhoods of the city. There is another branch at the Centro Comercial San Ignacio on Avenida Blandin in La Castellana, which is across the highway from the Centro Sambil (amazingly enough, both malls are flourishing). You can also find them on the internet, at www.tecniciencia.com, just in case you want to order books online when in Venezuela! They carry a wide selection of b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2001

Tecni-ciencia Libros
Centro Ciudad Comercial Tamanaco (CCCT)
Caracas, Venezuela 1020A
+58 2 959 5547 / 959

Obelisco de la Plaza Francia

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Attraction | "How I discovered El Obelisco de la Plaza Francia"

Obelisco de la Plaza Francia Photo, Caracas, Venezuela
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I was in Caracas for only 2 days for business, so I didn't have much of a chance to experience the cultural aspects of the city such as visit museums or take in a baseball game. However, I did get stuck in a rainfall of Biblical proportions, which brought the city to a screeching halt and left me with a unique impresion of Caracas. I was finishing up my appointment with my customer when we realized it was raining buckets (this was good news as they had been in a drought). We had no luck in calling a taxi, as they were all occupied and would need an hour to arrive to the store. The street outside was a literal river (of water) as well as metaphorical (the cars were so close together they seemed to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2001

Obelisco de la Plaza Francia
Av. Francisco de Miranda, Altamira
Caracas, Venezuela