If you are thinking about your next mind blowing trip somewhere that is completely different! Think About HAITI! Everything is legal there! And you can be completely free and stress-free!
Or on another side If you are thinking about volunteering/working away from home while making a difference consider Haiti among your options. You came to the right place for what you are looking for. We have been hosting travelers/foreigners for several years now and have helped hour hosts with a variety of purposes/passions. There are several volunteering opportunities available nearby (walking distance) from our location in several nearby schools, churches, NGOs, hospitals, orphanages etc… They can help with the arrangements for you if needed. They actually also need some help running our hostel with front desk work and greeting the tourists they receive weekly. Their past guests have also really enjoyed being able to learn about the amazing Haitian culture and also learning our languages (French and Creole). If you have not been to Haiti before I am sure it will be a great experience!
For a short or long stay in Haiti while wishing to live like at home, choose Pacot Breeze, an ideal temporary residence that knows how to translate its residents’ state of mind. Perched on the hill of Rue Pacot, its terrace, balcony and front windows offer a captivating sight of Port-au-Prince. Day and night, Pacot Breeze opens the heart of the city for a real close-up look, by means of public transportation, private vehicle or a brisk or slow walk. Like a forest home, Pacot Breeze sets a calm day for its residents with its chirping birds and offers to end a tiring day with a peaceful retreat under the blinking stars of a navy blue sky and in the tune of frogs and crickets’ chorus.
They also have other services (for small fees) that you may be interested in such as airport pick up/ drop off with no problem, breakfast, diner, lunch, laundry etc...
They are located in the center of the city, so all the places that you would want to visit will be relatively close. For example the main park of the city called Champs de Mars is at about 10-15 mn walking distance to us. The Haitian Palace (Palais National D’Haiti) (which is now their Ground Zero) was located in the middle of Champs de Mars before the earthquake. Petion Ville is at about 15 mns to their location, easily accessible trough the Route du Canapé Vert.
On top of its convenience in distance and accessibility, Pacot is also known to be a safe and peaceful residential area for several years now. And for extra security, their location is secured by very high walls and gates. Plus they have a security guard who is on duty 24 hours a day. Therefore you can be reassured that you will be safe there :)
They have Hostel Beds (Dorm Room Type) for $15-$25 per night. They have single rooms ($30/night) with one queen size bed, double rooms ($40/night), with 2 smaller beds, and apartments ($75/night) of three rooms, a small living area, a kitchen with stove and fridge and 2 bathrooms. All the rooms have private bathrooms (single and double rooms). They also have studio type rooms which have a single room, plus a little kitchen with stove and fridge. Volunteers are considered as preferred guests therefore for long-stay volunteering cases (several weeks) arrangements (price reduction) will be made.
Check their ratings on Trip Advisor, Airbnb and www.pacotbreeze.com.
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When you’re looking for a comfortable place to rest your head while conducting business or pleasure or a sensible venue for business meetings, come to Divine Family Guesthouse, the ideal choice for enjoyable business travel. The business Guesthouse amenities offered at DFCH hotels include free continental breakfast, free diner, and professional meeting space. Wireless internet access is also complimentary at the Guesthouse so you’ll always feel connected to family, friends at work from the guesthouse. Our business travel guesthouse is conveniently located near the airport, market.
I had a divine time last time I stayed there. I was there for a business meeting at the Divine Family Guesthouse. The Young Pastor who is the director was very helpful. He went above and beyond his duty to make us feel comfortable. The food was exceptionally delicious. The staffs were pleasant. The facility is nice and clean. I would recommend this Guesthouse to someone else because it offers hotel accommodations with guesthouse price.
At Divine Family Guesthouse in Haiti you will find:
A place to recharge your body, mind and spirit
An exceptionally clean home with sparkling tile baths
A safe secure guesthouse in a convenient location
Excellent family style meals
Purified drinking water provided for all our guests
Self-service juices and soft drinks such as Coke, Pepsi and Sprite
A comfortable place to stay that is only a short ride from the Port-au-Prince airport
Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the house
Breakfast served at 8:00 am and dinner at 5:00 pm each day
DIVINE FAMILY GUESTHOUSE IN HAITI
Typical Business Guesthouse Services and Features:
A. Located near the airport
B• Spacious rooms
C• Free wireless internet access at the guesthouse
D• Meeting and event space
E. Two meals daily
E• Complimentary continental breakfast
F• Complimentary dinner
F. Laundry services
G. A Towel and a wash cloth will be provided
I stayed at Divine Family Care Home Guesthouse once and it was wonderful. The staffs are courteous, the food is excellent, and the director goes out of his way to make sure you are comfortable, the rate is reasonable. Last time I was there it was $45US per night and that includes Breakfast and Dinner. They also provide to and from Airport transportation for a small fee. It felt like home away from home. The facility was nice and clean. I would recommend this guesthouse to someone else because of their helpful service and friendly atmosphere.
Divine Family Care Home has spacious rooms, free wireless internet access at the guesthouse, two meals daily breakfast and dinner, security, laundry services for a low fee. Its calm and serine.
We stayed at Bannana Villa in Oust area of Port au Prince. Airbnb.com has worldwide listings of Haiti accomodations, from guest houses to private apartments. No membership fees, just a booking fee depending on your choice. Bannana Villa was beautiful and EXCELLENT! 2 BR and 2 BATH apartment on second floor. Fully furnished and supplied. Gas stove for cooking. Secure apartment with a maintenance man nearby, just a call away when needed. Wi-fi was available, 2 lovely decks to sit on and take in the sites, sounds, and smells of Haiti while looking down on the banana trees. Awesome!
Its huge, spacious, Iron and ironing board provided. Plenty of storage space. Ceiling fans in master bedroom and living room. Could use a fan in the 2nd bedroom, but it is a lovely place to stay! Sleeps up to 6 people.
Where are you staying in Jacmel? If you happen to be staying at the Hotel Florita I believe that they offer a mini-van rental and hotel pick up at a price. [http://www.hotelflorita.com] This could work for your group? Other than that Perhaps going to the Caribe Tours website could be of some assistance. Happy Travels.
Central Jacmel location on Rue de Commerce, unlike other "hotels" in the area this one is in walking distance to restaurants and shopping so you don't have to rent a vehicle or hitch long ways to go out to eat. They provide transportation to local beaches, the one in Jacmel city is not good for swimming, sunbathing, etc. The building has a bar, restaurant and several types of room options. Wifi in the building, clean with friendly staff.
There were so many hotels profiteering off the destruction in Port-Au-Prince. One place was charging up to 250 USD a night for a room with bucket showers.It was nice to find a place that just cared about welcoming people. The AYITI GUESTHOUSE did just that. Very affordable, clean rooms , and very friendly staff. The Guesthouse owners are also working with youth affected by the earthquake, so it was nice to know that our stay had an impact on young lives.
The AYITI Guesthouse also prides itself in offering guests a true taste of Haitian culture, offering guest delicacies rarely found on average hotel menus. They also help with Creole classes and will assist in orienting you in Haiti. We highly recommend this guesthouse in Haiti. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Great rooftop terrace with fantastic views of the Port-Au-Prince Mountains
Home cooked meals in family style setting
Ideal way to get a real sense of what Haitian culture is truly like
Very clean. Good price for basic room. Friendly staff. Good breakfast included.
The old man at the check-in guest was not very personable, but the three staff ladies were pleasant and maintained high standards of cleanliness.
A modest place that maintains a high level of maintenance and a reasonable price.
I usually am looking for simple clean places with reasonable locations and a price to match. I find it hard to recommend any of the places I stayed in Haiti except for a place in Jacmel (see tip) because the better places seemed overpriced for what they offered and the cheaper places were over-priced for inadequate facilities in poor locations. In Port au Prince many of the places that call themselves hotels are really in the "entertainment" business and apparently renting a room for 24 hours is not a good business unless one charges about $20. Trust me, this is not a good price for what is offered.
You will pay dearly for cleanliness and maintenance, because the only people who can afford to stay in these places are foreign aid workers, missionaries and businessmen (Oh yes, and tourists if there are any.). Apparently there are plenty of people willing to pay US/European type prices for less that US/European quality. But to be fair, What choice do they have?
By the way, the place pictured here is no more. It was flattened by the earthquake of 2010.
I ate dinner at The Montana and got a tour of the place. It was so big and beautiful and kept up so nicely. The staff was really friendly, most of them spoke English. The restaurant had amazing food too. You would not belive something so extravagant was hiding in Haiti! They even have an awsome website which has some beautiful pictures of the place.
Gorgeous pool and many terraces, beautiful view of the city, huge lobby, tennis court, computers, internet access... all of which are unique compared to the average Haiti hotel!
Nice and pleasant stay in Haiti, GREAT pool!!!!! so so casino
the pool, best that I have ever seen anywhere!!!!!!
Update June, 2013 . . . The Hotel has been reported and it's operating as The Hotel Montana / Horizon Suites. I have not visited since the reopening so check reviews on www.tripadvisor.com for up to date information.
Update: Jan. 13, 2010 . . . Preliminary unconfirmed reports following the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake suggest the Hotel Montana has collapsed. Many UN administration stayed here and there has been no contact. If you want to send aid to Haiti, please send it through an agency that is in place and trusted, for example, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, a church mission organization. I know the Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Mennonite and Baptist churches all maintain excellent mission organizations in Haiti. They would put aid money and supplies to good use. I'll repost as I get more news.
Update: Jan. 15, 2010
Hotel Montana is destroyed. They have been pulling a few survivors from the wreckage. Check the NY Times online blog for names.
This beautiful modern hotel is situated on a hill overlooking Port-au-Prince and the bay. You can see forever from the panoramic restaurant by the pool.
Everything is marble and Haitian mahogany inside and the staff is incredibly considerate and welcoming.
The rooms are wonderful, but the view is beyond incredible. Enjoy the pool, sightsee in the area and then eat in the panoramic restaurant where the food is excellent and the view almost (!) makes you forget about eating.
A first class Hotel run by the same family for 35 years ... It is elegant and well appointed - particularly when you consider it is located in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
The view of the city and the coastline from this spot is amazing ... G
reat Bar, Pool, Good Restaurant with a fantastic breakfast ...
Cozy atmosphere, very nice accomodation, good value - really outstanding Hotel!
A place I would return immediately and it is still unbelievable that such a treasure exists in such a poor country.
In nearly two dozen trips to Haïti (1972–90), on art–buying expeditions, I stayed at:
¶ Coconut Villa. Near the airport. Cheap but agreeable.
¶ Holiday Inn. Downtown. Decent restaurant, but no character. Not cheap.
¶ Olofsson. Near downtown, a gingerbread mansion with an annex built when it served as a military hospital during the first U S occupation (1915–34). A hotel with quirky charm, good food, and the best rum–cokes in Haïti. Fairly expensive.
¶ Castel Haïti. Up the hill from the Olofsson, a high–rise with the country's only elevator. Small, non–descript rooms. Decent pool and restaurant. Fairly cheap.
¶ Montana. Half–way up the hill to Petionville. Fine rooms, restaurant, and views. Not cheap.
¶ Kinam. Faux gingerbread in Petionville. Clean; good food; nice pool; reasonable.
¶ El Rancho. Poshest hotel in Haïti; superb food, huge pool, fine rooms, small casino. Expensive.
¶ Villa Creole. Petionville, just down the road from the El Rancho. Classy, superb food, expensive.
¶ Roi Christophe, a converted colonial-era mansion with rooms of varying size and comfort, excellent cuisine, and a small pool.
¶ Mont Jolie, a modern and spiffy motel-like place, superb restaurant, fine pool.
¶ La Jacmelienne, modern beach-front hotel, large and comfortable rooms, excellent food.
¶ Pension Kraft, run by the mulatre family that owns La Jacmelienne; a small house with rooms of varying quality and a decent kitchen.
1. The Olofsson for romantic types (and Graham Greene lovers).
2. The El Rancho for honeymooners, big–spenders, and gamblers.
3. The Villa Creole for quiet, understated luxury.
4. Kinam for comfort, modern and clean accommodations at a good price.
5. Montana for the kind of all–'round quality you'd expect at a Hyatt or Marriott (plus magnificent views).
6. Coconut Villa if you just need a bed for the night before getting on a plane.
7. Holiday Inn only if you really need to be near the center of P–au–P.
8. Castel Haïti only if nothing else is available — or you're really into elevators.
Both hotels are now under the same ownership. Christophe has more atmosphere, including fine grounds, and is close to the center of town. Mont Jolie is a bit distant, up a hill with nice views.
La Jacmelienne is first-class; Kraft is only for those on a very tight budget or those who arrive without a reservation at the former.
Arriving in Haiti by cruise-ship is much more easy that at the airport.
I do not remember any kind of controls, we simply left the tenderboats at port and walked to town
When arriving by cruise-ship, you will not have to pack and unpack every day.
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