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Popular Tourist Hotel in Haiti Collapses After Massive Earthquake

January 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

Yesterday afternoon, Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, was devastated by an enormous earthquake that's been estimated to be about a 7.0 on the Richter Scale. Thousands are feared dead, buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings and houses.

As the country continues the rescue effort, reports are trickling in about significant damages and losses. One of those reports include the popular tourist hotel, Hotel Montana, located in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Reports say that at the time of the earthquake 300 people were inside but yet only 100 made it out alive after the building collapsed.

The hotel's website describes its location as "far from the turbulence of the city, in the hills of Port-au-Prince, Hotel Montana is just ten minutes from all the shops, art galleries and restaurants of Pétion-Ville."

There were 145 guestrooms on site, a Panorama restaurant with views of the city and a pool. The hotel is considered to be a landmark in Haiti, having first opened in 1912.

Just last week, Choice Hotels announced they would be opening a Comfort Inn and an Ascend Collection hotel in Haiti later this year. We do hope these hotel plans remain unchanged despite the disaster as this is just the sort of thing Haiti could use to get back on its feet.

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