Art is life in Haiti, an intrinsic aspect of everyday life seen, felt, loved, and appreciated all throughout the country. As elsewhere, museums and art galleries offer wonderful opportunities to experience Haiti's vibrant art scene, but so too do its finest hotels. This is especially true at the Marriott Port-au-Prince, Haiti's newest hotel set in the heart of Port-au-Prince. The hotel’s art collection, curated by Philippe Dodard, a renowned Haitian artisan whose work inspired Donna Karan’s Spring 2012 collection, features the works of 22 different local artists. Most strikingly, an immense wall of iron dominates the Great Room just outside La Sirene, the main restaurant. The entire piece features an intricate underwater scene highlighted by a giant mermaid, a nod to the restaurant. The piece, like other iron art works throughout the hotel, was produced by hand in the artists enclave of Noailles. There, the sound of local artisans incessantly pinging away at iron re-purposed from recycled oil drums rings out day and night; a must-experience for anyone who truly appreciates hand craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity.