Servotel, Port-au-Prince, Haïti

Servotel, Port-au-Prince, Haïti

Shortly after the earth quake in January 2010 in Haïti, Tempohousing was contacted by a private hotel owner on the island with plan to quickly build a 4 star hotel close to the national airport near the capital of Haïti, Port-au-Prince. The hotel was intended to house many international guests from the press and from NGO’s that visited the island following the tragic disaster that hit Haïti. Tempohousing signed the contract in the summer of 2010. Almost all hotels on the island were either completely collapsed or unusable without serious renovation or rebuilding, which made this new hotel initiative, named Servotel, an important contribution to rebuilding Haïti. A complete new hotel consisting of prefabricated Tempohousing hotel units was in less than 8 weeks designed and engineered in the Tempo office in Amsterdam. 72 rooms of each 4,8 x 5 m, complete with all furniture and equipment to the last detail, were manufactured in the Chinese factory and prepared for shipment to the port of Haïti.

The whole process to get the prefabricated hotel room to the construction site was quite a challenge, not in the least because all port equipment and logistic services severely suffered from the earth quake. The limited availability of the most basic construction materials necessary to complete the hotel building was another significant obstacle for quick progress in this project. However, due to a tremendous effort of the site team of Dutch engineers sent over by Tempohousing and the local construction site team of the hotel owner, it was made possible to finish the hotel in the summer of 2011. The Dutch engineers had to work under very difficult conditions and the diseases and the despair and crime in the streets that always dominate the life in disaster area with this magnitude, didn’t create ideal circumstances to quickly get results in the construction phase.

The well engineered insulation of the facades and windows, make it possible to enjoy in the hotel your well deserved travellors rest without disturbance of air traffic noise. All rooms are designed and engineered based on European building standards. The large bathrooms are fully tiled and provide high standard luxury with a bathtub, toilet, shower and sink. All rooms have their own A/C system and digital door lock system. The extra wide (4,8 m) design of the rooms give a very spacious look and feel, quite different from the standard hotel room width of 3,5 of for example Novotels. Technically, these hotelrooms consist of the shipping container size modules that are transported separately but are connected on site. Travellers that stay in the hotel and are unaware of any construction details or that have never seen a Tempohousing product brochure, would really never expect these hotel rooms were made of fully finished prefabricated steel modules of 2,4 x 13,5 mtr (8 ft by 45 ft long and 9,6 ft high) and travelled 12,000 miles over the oceans on a huge containership between 5000 other freight containers to reach Haiti and be transformed in the gorgeous hotel building that they are staying in.

Although not all facilities are completed today, it was possible to open the hotel in the fall of 2011. The hotel is almost at walking distance from the International Airport. When launching these project pages, the hotel website was still under construction, but more details can already be found on Facebook today, including guest reviews.