Essentially, Petionville is a suburb of Port au Prince, located about 7.5 miles from the international airport. Here is where you will find the large international standard hotels. In Petionville, there are a nice handful of hotels to stay at, right about the four-star range. The hotels that we recommend are, the El Rancho Hotel and Casino, Hotel Montana, Villa Creole Hotel, Haiti Ritz Hotel, and the Kinam Hotel. Be prepared, hotels in Petionville can be on the pricey side.
Petionvile is also Haiti's fine dining capital, with numerous fancy places to eat, plus loads of informal eating and drinking outlets. One place that we enjoyed in Petionville was Mun-Cheez, which serves everything that a pizzeria would, with burgers, fries and wings, all at very reasonable prices. There is even a Domino's Pizza in Petionville. On the higher end of the scale, there are Lebanese restaurants, Italian restaurants and steak and seafood houses.
It is worth a trip to the marketplace in Petionville just to wander around and absorb all of the activity. It is really quite fascinating to watch Haitian life in action. There is everything for sale at this market from food to shampoo, and some "haggling" is expected. Up the road, just a few blocks from the El Rancho and Villa Creole hotel are private stalls selling Haitian paintings, ironwork, and all types of woodwork. All of these items make great souvenirs to bring home.
Petionville is where Haiti's elite often live. The town has evolved from a upscale hill resort area into a middle and upper-class suburb or Port au Prince. The streets are cleaner, and there is a far more relaxed atmosphere here, than in neighboring Port au Prince.
There are really no obvious tourist sights, but it is really worth staying at one of the above mentioned hotels.
El Rancho Hotel and Casino pool area
Villa Creole Hotel
Haitian vendors, near hotel district
bar/lounge at El Rancho Hotel
restaurant at El Rancho Hotel
bar at the Petionville Club
Pool at the Petionville Club
In Petionville, there is an upscale golf and tennis country club. This very fine place is called The Petionville Club. At this property, tennis courts, a gym, golf course, olympic size swimming pool and racquetball court are all available. After a long day of activities you will find that this country club has a full-bar and restaurant, with a rather lengthy and quite appealing menu.
At the restaurant, guests will be able to choose from appetizers of jumbo shrimp cocktail, avocado salad to fresh fruit plates. The main or dinner menu also has a great variety. Up in the beautiful hills of central Haiti, guests can choose from lobster, steak, chicken breast w/ curry, along with a vast amount of Creole dishes, such as Bambi Creole and fried shrimp. A simple lunch menu is also available with the general old standbys, hamburgers, club sandwich, chicken sandwich, steak sandwich, etc.
The Petionville Club does have its own website at:
restaurant, Petionville Club
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