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“I had a drink here and it seemed fine....” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Oloffson
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Port-au-Prince
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“I had a drink here and it seemed fine....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

I don't know if this review will be pulled because I only had a drink in this hotel and didn't stay here. I don't know what condition the rooms are in but the lobby and the outside of the building are well-maintained and beautiful. This is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It is the best-preserved example of Haitian gingerbread architecture. The hotel bar was great. The outdoor patio serves as a restaurant. The grounds are protected. All in all, this is a remarkable place. I didn't see any of the decay some of the other reviews mention. If you are going to this hotel, you are going here for the history - not necessarily the modern conveniences.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Sospel, France
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77 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

The saddest thing about this hotel is watching star-struck guests sucking up to Richard Morse (one of those global mega stars nobody has ever heard of) - who is utterly indifferent to them and indeed to all the people who keep this crumbling establishment going. It's Stockholm syndrome in action: If I'm really nice to the owner, maybe the staff will stop ignoring me...

I stayed here 10 years ago and the hotel was clearly in decline then, but there remained some amusing vestiges of colonial style. My July 2011 visit was a bust. The hotel is now in a state of collapse. Two remaining rooms retain some semblance of elegance - if you don't mind leaking ceilings, no table lamps, smelly, dysfunctional aircon and broken bathroom fixtures - oh and paying 200 bucks a night. The other rooms are utterly squalid.

One redeeming feature - they make a mean rum sour.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

The poor service is only rivalled by the wretched condition of this dilapidated hotel. There is little to recommend, aside from the laid back ambiance (reinforced by the speed and general disdain displayed by the staff).

Come to the Oloffson, sit back, and watch the hotel decay in front of your eyes. It was perhaps a romantic and nostalgic experience five years ago, but the place will structurally collapse within the next few years. Pool looks like a good place to contract cholera.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

You may want to leave the lights on while you sleep... check out the lovely pics...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2011

For PaP, the best place. Great history, food, entertainment, connections, and advice. Someone else said it, but leave your western goggles at the door. Don't or moan when things take longer or your ceiling leaks. Look outside the gates and remember how lucky your are. The Creole food is incredible and stay for RAM on Thursday nights. Richard Morse has the country on speed dial and he makes himself available, so use him as a resource...he's also great to talk to, but make sure you know what you're talking about and not spewing some unfiltered garbage you've read somewhere. He'll politely let you know the truth. Try speaking French, thought the folks who work there have a working knowledge of English. I used Evens (Evans) as a driver, his nicely kept 4x4 was parked on the grounds, ----- or -----. Prince of a guy, fair in price and can get you anywhere in Haiti. Speaks good English, will pick you up or take you to the airport, too. The front desk or the guys at the gate can get him for you. Don't miss the Oloffson, there aren't too many places like this left.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Key West
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2011

Look at the photos of the Hotel's webside and if you like them just go there! Nothing is new, but it is probably the most charming place I have ever been and the staff is great! I felt safe and at home away from home! Great food, art, views.....and... and...and...!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Léogane
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2011

Just what I needed when I wanted to escape the scene of Pétionville and have an unexpected experience. I loved the artsy feeling, music dj by the pool, the cracking uneven floors. Don't expect anything spotless and modern, it seems to be about to colapse but reason more to see it before it does and hey, it survived the quake afterall!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Oloffson
Address: Box 260, Port-au-Prince 6110, Haiti
Location: Caribbean > Haiti > Ouest Department > Port-au-Prince
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Port-au-Prince
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Oloffson 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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