Staying in Haiti. Most hotels and top range restaurants are located in the rich peoples’ suburb of Petionville in the hills above Port-au-Prince, but in the city itself the following places to stay are recommended:
Hotel Oloffson, 60 Avenue Christophe, Port-au-Prince. Tel: 509 223 4000/223 4102, fax: 509 223 0919. email
The Oloffson is a Haitian institution, and is with little doubt one of the most atmospheric hotels in the world. The setting for much of Graham Greene’s novel, The Comedians, the hotel is all creaking wooden floors, ornate latticework, and cool verandas overlooking an oasis-like garden, and this just a stones throw from the throbbing chaos of downtown Port-au-Prince. Haiti freaks, passing journalists, and the ubiquitous aid workers all frequent the bar and restaurant of this very special hotel. Catch the Vodou rock band, RAM, playing in the lounge most Thursday nights. For a standard room with bathroom the basic charge is US$65 with a US$10 supplement for another person sharing (breakfast included)
Prince Hotel, 30 rue 3,
Tel: 509 245 2764/223 0100, fax: 509 245 2765.
Set in the sleepy residential area of Pacot behind the Oloffson. Single rooms with air conditioning and bathrooms are US$64 (US$79 for a double). Breakfast is US$6.
Park Hotel, 23 rue Capois,
Tel: 509 222 4406
A much better bet than the nearby Le Plaza (formerly the Holiday Inn). Situated right on the bustling Champ de Mars area, the Park is hidden behind a garden and forecourt, and thus offers a sleepy, relaxed atmosphere within walking distance of most downtown attractions. Rooms with bathrooms are a reasonable US$35 for a single, and US$44 for a double. If looking for something cheaper, try the
Hospice St Joseph, 33 rue Acacia, Christ Roi,
Tel: 509 245 6177,
which runs local aid projects but also provides accommodation for visitors. It’s not exactly a hotel and you may have to share a room, but it’s a good place to meet other foreigners in Haiti for a purpose. The charge is US$25 per night including breakfast and evening meal. Advance booking and a US$25 deposit are required by letter to ,Sister Ellen Flynn, Lynx Air, PO Box 407139, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33340, USA.
The Lonely Planet guide to Haiti and The Dominican Republic is highly recommended.
There are plenty of up-market hotels in this suburb, 6 kilometres from the centre of Port-au-Prince. The following are recommended:
Hotel Montana, rue Cardozo,
off Avenue Pan American, Tel: 509 257 1920/2574030, fax: 509 257 6137, email
The Montana is a large top range hotel with magnificent views over the bay of Port-au-Prince. Rooms start at US$70 for a single and US$90 for a double. Because this hotel is some distance from both downtown Port-au-Prince and the centre of Petionville, the hiring of a car or the use of frequent taxies is probably necessary.
Hotel Caraibe, rue Leon Nau,
Tel: 509 257 2524,
has single rooms from US$50 and doubles from US$75.
Ifé Hotel, corner of rue Gregoire and rue Villate,
Tel: 509 257 0737, fax: 509 257 1037,
is a small place right in the heart of Petionville. Rooms cost US$45 for a single, US$65 for a double including breakfast.