My Tana colleagues suggested we stay at the Colbert because it was closer to more dining and shopping options than the Carlton. It turns out the location is a mixed blessing. It is nearly impossible to get in or out of the hotel without having people swarm around you begging for money or trying to sell you things. While I'm used to that while traveling in Africa, it can be a little concerning when it happens at night and you're trying to get out of your cab with 8-10 people descending upon you aggressively asking for money. Or while sitting in your cab negotiating your destination as people surround the car banging on the windows. Often this would happen while a hotel staff member stood and watched. I feel like the Colbert could do more to minimize this.
This also comes into play if you try to go out in the evening for dinner. Other than a couple of choices, most restaurants are a bit of a walk. Nothing that unmanageable really, except for the fact that the streets can be dark and it's almost guaranteed you'll have people following you asking for money. For some people this may be problematic enough they will want a cab.
I stayed in a room in the new section, and it took the hotel two tries to get me in a room that had functional A/C. The room I finally ended up with had a balcony which was nice and I'd recommend. While trying to resolve the A/C issue I found the desk staff to be less than enthusiastic about helping. It was only after asking to speak to the manager did I get their attention. The beds are average to poor (the bed in one room seemed to be nothing more than an unpadded box spring). The rooms are otherwise average, though quite spacious. I would avoid room 106 if possible though as it has no view and due to it's location in a corner, gets little to no sunlight and had the box spring type mattress.
The main restaurant near the lobby was average. However my colleague did get food poisoning there (stay away from the vegetable pizza). The patisserie was very good and we took most of our breakfasts there.
Having stayed at both the Colbert and the Carlton, I'd say the Colbert slightly wins out due to the nicer rooms and the location (despite the issues described above).
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- Also Known As:
- Colbert Hotel Antananarivo
- Hotel Colbert Madagascar/Antananarivo