Despite some of the reviews calling the rooms "plain", we were quite happy with the room we received. Our second-floor room had unique stone walls, beautiful stone tile floors, a reasonably comfy queen-size bed, and ensuite facilities. We felt like we were sleeping in a medieval castle! Hot water wasn't a problem. Our rooms were in the main building, adjacent to the hotel's "Le Zebu Grille".
Our friend received a room in one of the adjacent two-story buildings. His room was much more basic -- the same approximate layout, but no stone walls or floors.
We were all happy with the food we received at the hotel's restaurant, and the service was consistently friendly. The staff didn't know much English, but a couple of the servers were learning English and we could communicate enough to get by. Breakfast was pretty standard (French) fare.
The location of this hotel is right in the middle of town, at the intersection of two major roads and a short drive from Isalo.
A few tips:
1. There are two easily-accessible Baobab trees in town. One is right behind the hotel in courtyard surrounded by small houses. The other is adjacent to the Catholic school (a few blocks away from the hotel) in a small fence containing a few other endemic trees/plants. You can also see an Octopus tree there, which can be used to tell direction in the wilderness.
2. If you receive a large old-style key, chances are it's the same key that's used for other rooms in the hotel. Our room and our friend's room actually had the same exact key. Plan to protect any valuables accordingly.
3. Walk around town. We heard some music coming from across the street at night, and went over to find a local music/dance group performing. It ended up being a highlight of our trip!
4. Electricity seems to come from a generator here, and it shuts off at unpredictable times. Bring a flashlight (torch) if you want to be able to see at night.
- Also Known As:
- L'Orchidee De L'Isalo Madagascar/Ranohira