Issue 1 – Hotels in Haiti / Where to stay when you visit

This weeks featured hotel is ” Habitation Des Lauriers”  in Cap Haitien Haiti.

We are sitting here today with James Coles the Manager of Habitation Des Lauriers and he is giving us a background on the hotels history and also a few rare and uncommon attractions in the area for you to enjoy on your next trip to Cap Haitien with Sunrise Airways.

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Sunrise ” When did you open this hotel James?”
James  – ” We opened our doors on January 1st 2011 , since then we have been privilidged  to welcome an eclectic group of visitors such as Missions Medical Teams, Church Groups, Engineers for extended stays, NGO workers, tourists as well as business men and women looking for a great safe place to rest and enjoy what Cap Haitien has to offer”.
Sunrise – “You mentioned that you can recommend a few “uncommon” and ” eclectic “local places to visit, can you please elaborate?”.
James – “I would start off by recommending KayLoLo Art which is located at Rue 15E here in downtown Cap Haitien. They have amazing Haitian handy crafts, art, organic soaps and oils as well as beautiful jewellery that makes for an authentic gift or souvenir to bring home to your loved ones or friends”.

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“The second on my list to explore would have to be Fort Picolet , it is not a place that is as common to visit as the legendary Citadelle or San Souci Palace, but what I love about it is the amazing views as well as the rich history it possesses . When Rio Christophe defeated the french that fort was used against the french to keep them at bay ,which I find fascinating. It also is easy to access locally and we often accommodate our visitors and guests to enjoy and take in this historical site on the excursion we organize for them”.

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“For a great time on a Friday night that you would not typically hear of would have to  be Kokiyaj Market Bar and Grill  which is located at  Rue 25 Boulevard, Cap-Haïtien, Haiti , right on the water . What they have going on is a Salsa night each friday which is not  some thing you would expect to find in Haiti . It is perfect for groups, couples or singles because all of the locals are so friendly and welcoming. I also enjoy their food selection and highly recommend their rum punch ! “

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Sunrise ” What kind of services can your hotel offer to a first time visitor to Haiti ?”
James – ” Comfort, security, cleanliness, friendly multilingual staff, home cooked meals with an authentic twist as well as a complimentary breakfast , complimentary laundry services, tours and excursions for reasonable rates as well as our amazing views of the city and harbour .
How to get there: You can fly Sunrise Airways from Port au Prince to Cap Haitien to transit in country when coming in from an international flight. The hotel also offers complimentary airport pick up and drop off “.
Phone: 509.3836.0885
This review was photographed and written by Stephanie Limage for Sunrise Airways 

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