West Ruimveldt hotel offering ‘true Guyanese experience’

By Stabroek Staff
Local News | Monday, November 15, 2010 Updated: 7:42 am

Hick’s Ville Hotel in West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme

The Hickerson family is looking to sell a “true Guyanese experience” with the opening of a hotel in a neighbourhood where guests could experience the local way of life outside the bustle of the city’s commercial districts.

Hick’s Ville Hotel was commissioned on November 7 at 79 West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme by President Bharrat Jagdeo.

General Manager Orin Hickerson told Stabroek News that his family has been running Vegetarian Gardens, a food business, for the last 15 years and grabbed an opportunity to diversify.

“We saw the opportunity to go into the hotel business and we wanted to more or less upgrade West Ruimveldt, take it to the next level so we went for it. But we see promise and think that it’s something that can work because we’ve got the support from government, Go-Invest and the Tourism Ministry. At some point it will kick in and so we thought why not now,” he said.

Situated off the regular tourist path one might think the choice of location could be detrimental to the success of this venture but Hickerson is banking on the location being the selling point for the hotel.

“It’s an area that you can get the actual true Guyanese feeling. It’s not like you’re just stuck in the city and you’re just seeing the great things and the hustle and the bustle. You can get to experience the true Guyanese culture by being in such a neighbourhood,” Hickerson stated.

He added that Georgetown was growing and in order for it to expand the outer areas have to be developed.

“They can’t remain one way, they have to improve and somebody has to take the initiative and go step by step,” he declared.

Hickerson chose not to disclose the sum invested only saying it was “sizeable” and he acknowledged the support received from the government primarily through Go-Invest with duty-free concessions on building materials and fittings. The hotel, which employs 12, is marketed as the only “vegetarian destination” in Guyana.

“So for anyone coming to Guyana and looking for something healthy we cater to full vegetarian food. You also have a great view of the Demerara from the top of the six-story building,” the general manager enthused.

As to added services Hickerson said there are other plans yet to come on stream.

“We’re going to do some outsourcing like working along with resorts and such but we’ve not laid down the plan. We’re going to have a recreation facility which we’ll build in the neighbourhood with a gym and basketball court and these things that the people staying at the hotel can use as well,” he explained.

The hotel has 20 rooms including four suites outfitted with kitchenettes for long term overseas visitors while each room is equipped with air conditioning, flat screen televisions and wireless internet.

New hotel, Hicksville, opens in West Ruimveldt

By Guyana Times ePaper
Local News | Thursday, November 11, 2010 Updated: 6.25 am

President Bharrat Jagdeo stands between the Hickersons as the National Anthem is played

A spanking new six- storey hotel has been opened in West Ruimveldt, Georgetown on Sunday.

Construction of this edifice started some two years ago with the help of Scotiabank and Go- Invest. The hotel has 20 fully air conditioned rooms, each containing a queen size bed and a refrigerator, and wireless Internet access has also been installed. Hicksville will offer citizens and tourists visiting Guyana a unique opportunity to view the Demerara River.

Managing Director of Hicksville hotel, Orin Hickerson, told Guyana Time s that he and his father, Cecil Hickerson, will both manage the hotel’s operations. The younger Hickerson explained that the hotel was established to accommodate people travelling from rural communities, and tourists and overseas guests who wish to remain in the capital city.