We only stayed one night in transit but would quite happily have stayed longer. The staff were very attentive and couldn't do enough for us. As mentioned in other reviews, they spoke excellnt English. We had requested a room with a large bed (as advised by a review I read online) as my husband is 6'3" and we were not disappointed! We were shown to the Baroque suite, which is huge and furnished in French Colonial style with antiques and a big bed overflowing with white fluffy pillows. The bath is freestanding - not in a separate room but in the same space as the bed - and the toilet is behind a screen in the corner! However, in the event of someone needing some 'reading time', there is a shared balcony with good views over the city for the other person to go to give them some privacy.
The hotel had prepared some handouts on guided walks so we followed one route and walked to the Queen's Palace, a nice stroll for an hour or two.
The dinner was excellent, local food freshly prepared, only marred by the fact we had to be indoors and not on the balcony as the smoke from the slash and burn on the outskirts of the city was as thick as a pea-souper and made it unpleasant to sit ouside and also obscured what would have been a beautiful sunset. Obviously not a fault of the hotel and doesn't seem to be mentioned in other reviews so I guess our timing was just unlucky. We had to leave at 4am but the full buffet breakfast was laid out for us and the restaurant manager was there to greet us despite the hour. All in all, a lovely place to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Lokanga Boutique Hotel Madagascar/Antananarivo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- a genuine traditional Malagasy House, all in red bricks with a balcony with breathtaking views over the city. lokanga is centrally located in the heart of an historical area, perched on the royal hill of Antananarivo a few step from the Queen's Palace. All the rooms are individually styled and decorated with family antiques and full comforts. ... more less