Situated in northeastern South America about 8,000 kilometers from Paris and eight-hours away by air, French Guiana extends over 91,000 square kilometers, nearly one-sixth the size of France, and with its 145,000 inhabitants, it happens to be the largest, yet least populated territory of France. Bordered by Brazil to the south and Suriname to the west, covered for the most part by the Amazonian forest, French Guiana has a sweet equatorial climate with two seasons, dry and rainy. Kourou, which is 60 kilometers northwest from Cayenne, is the home of the European Space Center. The BEST WESTERN Hotel Amazonia is located downtown on the main shopping avenue close to the theaters, nightclubs, museums and city offices. The BEST WESTERN Hotel Amazonia is a large complex with a restaurant, bar and a residential apartment building. Enjoy your stay.
The location was wonderful. It is less than a block away from the corner of the main place, Place des Palmistes. It shares a building with the police station. Around the corner is the nearest convenience store, and there are restaurants and sights within close walking proximity. I arrived at 3 in the morning and the staff made sure that my check in was swift and the room was prepared for me. I checked out, likewise, at 4 a.m., and the staff did not hold me up. They ordered taxis for me efficiently for both trips to/from airport. The cleaning service was respectful and generally thorough. A safe in the closet of the room made me feel that my passport and belongings were safe when I wasn't there.
Guyane is expensive in general, so it is not surprising that the hotel stay would be a large expense. The breakfast was good and included in the price of the stay, but visitors might not want to eat at the hotel each morning because the same, somewhat bland food more than a couple of times gets really old. The mini-fridge in the room was not working properly so I didn't store as much food in it as I otherwise could have. Also, a light was out in the bathroom and it didn't get replaced. Other than that, it was clean, comfortable, and secure.