Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel
Hotel in Haiti
The recently opened Marriott Port-au-Prince has a great story behind it.
The journey to build the hotel began four years ago when Marriott International reached out to the Clinton Foundation to propose a new hotel to help Haiti rebuild its tourism industry after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The company found an eager partner in Digicel Group, which has invested US$45 million to build the 175-room hotel. The result is an unusual hotel which combines American service and values with Haitian colour and flair.
The hotel itself, while adhering to all Marriott’s standards, has an individuality that reflects Haiti’s unique character. Unlike all other Marriotts worldwide, there is no Starbucks in the lobby but a REBA coffee shop selling authentic Haitian coffee, locally sourced. From signature metalworks, papier mache masks and voodou flags, to contemporary photography and stone and wood sculptures using natural and recycled materials, the deep, vibrant art culture of Haiti is on display throughout. Staff are from the Haitian diaspora throughout the world as well as some brought in from the poorest parts of the country and trained in the Marriott way. Service is friendly and warm with a personal touch that is not always found in large corporate hotels.
The 175 rooms and 5 suites are sleek and modern, and come with sustainable, fair-trade soaps and amenities from local producer Ayiti Natives. All rooms have elegant bedding, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. Dining options include La Sirene Restaurant and La Sirene Bar, a lobby bar and lounge. There is an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and conference facilities.
Clientele includes businesspeople, expats, local families and tourists eager to explore this emerging Caribbean destination.
The Marriott is suitable for anyone visiting Port-au-Prince either for business or leisure.
The hotel is in the city centre, convenient for the business district and also the Mupanah Museum and Iron Market, Port-au-Prince’s main tourist attractions. Although much of the city is still suffering from the after effects of the earthquake, progress can be seen everywhere. Haiti is a safe and welcoming country, and this is an ideal base from which to explore what looks set to be one of the key destinations over coming years.
Judith Baker is a London-based freelance travel writer
Photograph courtesy of Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Culture / Sightseeing, Great local restaurants|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Conference Rooms, Wedding / Personal Event|
|Number of Rooms||175 rooms and 5 suites|
King Bedded Guestrooms; 2 Double Bedded Guestrooms and King Bedded Executive Guestrooms.
The new Marriott is the ideal place to stay for anyone visiting Port-au-Prince either for business or leisure thanks to its central location in the city.
Last updated on 01-07-2015