Haitian Art Transforms Petion-Ville Luxury Hotel, Best Western

The new Best Western Premier hotel in Petion-Ville is the first upscale hotel to present the artistic talents of native Haitian artists. It took interior designer, Stacy Elliston, to envision a modern interpretation of Haitian folk art and fashion designer, Pascale Théard, to realize the vision.


Inside the hotel are displayed 622 pieces of art, created by 100 artists and artisans on the island, from places like Marmalade, Jacmel, Léogâne, and Croix-des-Bouquets. Some materials used are recycled drums, or natural materials such as hand-carved river stones. In each guest room hang paintings of rural scenes, made of cut-out banana leaves. Other recycled materials are cast-off aluminum made into statues, and clothing scraps turned into pillows. One of the most prominent pieces of artwork appears in the hotel entryway, a hand-embroidered tapestry based on a Voodoo flag. This inspired artwork was produced by Bel-Air artists living in poverty.

Théard herself has used the rich and abundant Haitian cultural and ethnic art traditions to develop a couture fashion line, in which her hand bags sell for $600, and beaded leather belts are sought-after items by fashion trend-setters.

What is advantageous about the Petion-Ville Best Western is it is fulfilling the goal of attracting tourist dollars, by offering an immersive and authentic experience of Haiti's uniqueness and exotic beauty. "Our paintings, our fabrics, our art, our touch. It is definitely the best way to present Haiti to visitors" Tourism Minister Villedrouin has said.

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