Hotels

There are a range of hotels from charming, mid priced to Haiti’s  luxurious. Usually the hotels outside the capital do not fall into the luxurious range, but they have a lot of charm and character.

  1. One of the most famous hotels is the Hotel Oloffson, which is featured in the Graham Greene book, ‘The Comedians’. It has lots of charm and character, but is not luxurious. It does have ceiling fans, a swimming pool, and normally on Thursd. nites there is a concert put on by the band led by the Manager and his wife – a very wellknown band  and much appreciated. Its the kind of place where the journalists and musicians always stay and so is lots of fun. This hotel is based downtown PAP and so is easy for those who like to get around on foot to explore.
  2. The Marcelin Inn is a new hotel in downtown PAP also and is charming with small pool and very nice architecture. It is quite near to the Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince’s historical area, but it is in a quiet residential street.
  3. The Villa Creole hotel is in Pétion-Ville, up the mountains from PAP, where most of the hotels are situated. It is cooler up there. The VC is classed as one of the best hotels for service, and has a lovely pool, excellent food and service.  It is within easy walking distance of Petion-Ville, an upmarket suburb of PAP.
  4. The El Rancho hotel is wonderfully situated with great pools, a Casino, evening entertainment on the weekend and good food and service. Again it is within walking distance of PV.
  5. The Hotel Montana is a large hotel with a fabulous view overlooking PAP, and a great terrace dining room, newly constructed. It has excellent food, good service but is up a very steep hill, so difficult to walk to PV even though its not too far away.
  6. For those of you who want to experience the ambiance of the local people then St. Joseph’s Home for Street Boys Guesthouse is the place for you. The Guesthouse supports the work of the Street Boys home and it is 7 floors high and has a wonderful atmosphere and everyone enjoys it even though it is not luxurious – rooms are dormitory style with no running water – so you’re living like the boys. The price includes breakfast and dinner and people love it.

There are  beach hotels on the road to the North, about 1.5 hrs away from downtown PAP.

  1. The Kaliko Beach Club is an all-inclusive hotel, newly renovated with a beautiful sculptured pool, great favourites with kids, and a lovely beach.  The food and drinks are all in included in the price, and it is a lovely place to stay. There are a few water activities here, as well as the opportunity to go diving with the Pegasus Diving Club.
  2. Moulin Sur Mer is just a bit further along the road from the Kaliko and has a unique Colonial Museum along with wonderful grounds and a nice pool and beach. It has various water and non water activities.
  3. Ouanga Bay is a more simpler style beach hotel but very charming.  It has a lovely beach and a restaurant which is out over the water.
  4. Xaragua Beach Hotel has a lovely pool and 50 air-conditioned rooms together with a good conference room. It is on the beach and a bit further along from Moulin sur Mer.
  5. Then if you are thinking of going to Cap Haitien, there is the Mont Joli Hotel which is a good hotel based in CH, with a lovely pool, excellent view of CH, and good food and ambiance.
  6. The Roi Christophe is simpler, with ceiling fans but it has lots of charm as the building was the old French Governor’s palace of  the 1700′s. A favourite with VL’s clients.
  7. Les Jardins de l’Océan is a guesthouse overlooking the Bay of Cap Haitian. Run by a Frenchwoman it offers excellent food and a warm ambiance.

There are other beach hotels up in this region also:

  1. Cormier Plage is situated outside of CH with very nice rooms, a pretty garden and a lovely stretch of  beach. They have a Divemaster at this hotel.
  2. Norm’s Place — a delightful guesthouse in Labadie. The house was an old French Governor’s mansion and some of the original walls are still there. Plus a lovely surrounding garden, with the front of the steps of the house right on the Labadie bay. A warm welcome and good food await you. A favourite of VL’s clients.

There are some good hotels out in Jacmel (see below re tours) + other parts of the South:

  1. The Hotel Florita is situated in the heart of Jacmel and is a beautiful house dating from the late 1800′s – with wonderful wrought iron staircases and balconies and a pretty courtyard. They have suites as well at this hotel. It’s a good location to discover Jacmel on foot.
  2. Cap Lamandou hotel is brand new – just opened in Dec. 2003. It has a wonderful view out over the headland (the sea) and each room has a lovely balcony. It offers a swimming pool and breakfast is included. There are 28 rooms,  4 suites and a Conference room.
  3. The Cyvadier Plage Hotel, is situated about 10 minutes outside of Jacmel, on a lovely sandy beach. It has a little pool and two levels of rooms. The luxury block overlooks the bay. Part of the profits of the hotel go to providing 200 children with food and education.
  4. Le Relais de L’Empereur — situated in Petit Goave on the road to the South, this impressive house used to be the home of Faustin I, Emperor in the mid 1800′s.   Some of the original furniture is still there.  But more interestingly this used to be THE HOTEL for all the Jetset and Showbiz people in the 80′s and 90′s when Olivier Coquelin was running it.  The bedrooms house wonderfully huge fourposter beds and big baths with goldplated taps – relics of the golden years. It is now run by a local family and the welcome is warm and genuine.  You can also go to Cocoyer beach by boat and the hotel will arrange a barbecue lunch. The beach is superb with lovely sand and turquoise waters.  Its worth a visit and its only two hours from Pétion-Ville!
  5. Off the coast of Aux Cayes in the South is a fairly new Tourist complex on Ile-à-Vache, called Port Morgan. It has been built to a European standard and also encompasses a Marina to accommodate yachts travelling around the Caribbean. The Island is most famous for having been home to Henry Morgan, the famous Welsh pirate who went on to be Governor of Jamaica. There are some lovely beaches within walking distance of Port Morgan. The management of the hotel come and pick you up from Aux Cayes Wharf in their wonderful new motorboat – a journey of only 20 minutes.
  6. Anse du Clerc Beach is out in the Grand’Anse beyond Jeremie, which can be reached by plane.  Its in a tropical and tranquil setting, run by a Haitian/Canadian family. The delightful bungalows are set in beautiful grounds, right in front of the sea.