Hotel Oloffson

Box 260, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 6110, Caribbean
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A Gingerbread Hotel in the Grand Style!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 24, 2005

The Grand Hotel Oloffson is a gingerbread Victorian hotel near the center of Port-au-Prince. It was the setting for "The Comedians" by Graham Greene and is worth a visit even if you don't stay there. It is definitely the stuff of which stories are made.

There is a very nice restaurant and you can eat on the veranda. There is usually a buffet on Thursday nights (do check the day) and they serve Haitian specialities. At least one night a week they have a live band and that is usually excellent.

Unique Quality: The general ambience is of "old" Haiti and you feel it here more than anywhere else in Port-au-Prince. There are nicer hotels in the city and above the city in Petionville, but there is no place that feels more like the Haiti of dreams.

If you want to visit the tropics the way they used to be, stay at the Hotel Oloffson.

Directions: 60 avenue Christophe

an easy walk from the Presidential Palace and the College St. Pierre Art Gallery

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The infamous hotel oloffson

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 3, 2005

I stayed here for a few days while we prepared for our journey south. It has a sort of crumbling elegance to it, and the fact that it's set back a bit from the noise and the filth of p-au-p's streets is a big plus. There are large, lush trees and plants shading the sizable two-story verandah, where drinks are served in the evening and the owner richard will probably come out to talk to everyone. There are all sorts of crazy characters and ex-pats hanging about. The pool looked as if it had fallen into disrepair when I last visited. Rates are sort of reasonable- but you feel safe there. Rooms have private showers and fans. The food is servicable, which is a good thing since venturing out after dark gets increasingly scary as the situation deteriorates. I'd recommend this over the ridiculous hotel montana, an over-the-top ostentatious palace whose granduer is rendered all the more obscene by the scenes of starvation, dead pigs/dogs, and burning garbage unfolding below it on the hillside.

Unique Quality: The owner is quite a character. Come on thursday night to see him perform with his excellent band Ram.

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The infamous hotel oloffson

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 3, 2005

I stayed here for a few days while we prepared for our journey south. It has a sort of crumbling elegance to it, and the fact that it's set back a bit from the noise and the filth of p-au-p's streets is a big plus. There are large, lush trees and plants shading the sizable two-story verandah, where drinks are served in the evening and the owner richard will probably come out to talk to everyone. There are all sorts of crazy characters and ex-pats hanging about. The pool looked as if it had fallen into disrepair when I last visited. Rates are sort of reasonable- but you feel safe there. Rooms have private showers and fans. The food is servicable, which is a good thing since venturing out after dark gets increasingly scary as the situation deteriorates. I'd recommend this over the ridiculous hotel montana, an over-the-top ostentatious palace whose granduer is rendered all the more obscene by the scenes of starvation, dead pigs/dogs, and burning garbage unfolding below it on the hillside.

Unique Quality: The owner is quite a character. Come on thursday night to see him perform with his excellent band Ram.

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Oloffson

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 19, 2004

Although I did not stay at this hotel I did go see RAM there for the night. It seemed to be like a nice hotel. We tried a few appetizers, they were delicious! I kinda snuck on the computers there since there was internet access. Sent a few e-mails home. Seemed like a very nice place to stay. I would venture a night.

Unique Quality: RAM on every thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Directions: A tranquile spot in Port-au-Prince

Hotel Oloffson

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Address: Box 260, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 6110, Caribbean

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