The Best Western Premier is in the middle of Petionville. It's Haiti's first American brand hotel in a long time. With a spa and beautiful balcony views, it will cost you about $249/night just for the room. We did not stay here, just went to see it and take pictures. We weren't able to get into the rooms because the manager wasn't there, but we were greeted very nicely and given a tour of the property. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! It has an upscale feel, with Haitian art and pictures from around the country! This makes it stand out to me more than the Oasis. This hotel feels like you're in Haiti. I love it!!!!
Tip: This is in a busy downtown area so if you're looking for a quiet getaway, I don't recommend this hotel. Stay here if you want to be in the middle of the action, interact with local or in Haiti on business. We were told the biggest clientele is business people. There's a $50 US/person shuttle available to and from the airport.
On my last trip to Haiti in January, I was able to meet up with a fellow Haiti-lover Dina Simon, from My Haiti Travels. We both were in Haiti during the time of her organized trip for what she calls "Impact Week," which included a large, diverse group of tourists experiencing Haiti for 5 days. The group volunteered, attended parties, cultural events, excursions and beautiful beaches. Here's my experience with My Haiti Travels...
Dina and I had planned to meet up with her group at Magdoo's (a Lebanese restaurant) in PV the Friday that I arrived to Haiti. I asked Frere Joel and his wife Yvonne from La Bonne Nouvelle meet us and luckily they were able to make it. The group was so happy to have them there!
Dinner was absolutely wonderful. We were greeted with open and loving arms from the group...kind of like celebrities! Everyone mingled, ate and got along so well. What was most impressive was seeing Dina in action. Her ability to coordinate everything to make it run smoothly was super! She kept checking on everyone and making sure that we were all ok. Her genuine care and love for this type of work was obvious!
I was in Haiti on this trip for business, checking out a guest house to do some marketing for a company. Unfortunately, the house was not ready and didn't have basic necessities that were promised to us. When I told Dina about our dilemma, she immediately started giving me phone numbers and names of people to contact to get a hotel room. She let us know that the group would be at Wahoo Bay the next day and helped arrange for us to stay there, too. We could have gone to a family members house, but we had so much fun with the group that we decided to take her up on the offer of an extra room she had booked at Wahoo Bay (it was sold out!).
All of the coordination, patience and communication with Dina was very professional. I am so happy that we were able to meet in person and in Haiti! I would recommend using My Haiti Travels for your next trip to Haiti!
My favorite excursion in Haiti is EATING, lol. Everything is fresh and made to order. It is part of the experience that we are all talking about. Haitian hospitality combined with home made food will keep you going back for more!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Alain Lemaire, executive chef/food service consultant for the Haitian Culinary Alliance, a group looking to build a strong and united network of food service, hospitality and culinary professionals of Haitian descent while providing educational and networking opportunities.
Please check out their website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
JUST FOR FUN: Below are some of my own pictures that I've taken of food in Haiti!
On November 20, 2011 I posted my first blog entry which was pictures and a recipe of sos pwa congo. When I think about how much I've learned about Haiti and the culture since then, I am amazed by the load of info that you have all shared with me and the openness I have received.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I want to THANK YOU ALL for your support, motivation, ideas and encouragement. You often thank me for having this site, but really, I THANK YOU! This year has been full of learning opportunities and new friendships that I cherish so much! Plus, tons of photos and videos to share with everyone and keep as memories forever! Happy Thanksgiving!
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