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“Location is a mixed blessing” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Colbert
29 Rue Prince Ratsimamanga | BP 341, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar   |  
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Ranked #22 of 52 Hotels in Antananarivo
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“Location is a mixed blessing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

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).

Room Tip: Be sure to check that the A/C works. Avoid room 106. Try to get a room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong
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94 hotel reviews
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Our tour group stayed in this hotel for 2 nights before and after going to Diego Suarez. The room was nicely decorated with classic European style furniture, a Jacuzzi-shaped bathtub, a separate toilet area but the carpet need to be replaced. There were about 14 TV channels with only 1 English channel which was CNN. There was free WiFi in the lobby area with good reception and speed. There was also a musician playing live music in the lobby area at night. While hanging around at the lobby, beware there were mosquitoes flying around for preys. There were 2 levels of spa with a gym, several massage rooms and a heated swimming pool on 2nd basement. Housekeeping/technician’s service of the hotel was very efficient.

Food at dinner at the hotel restaurant was on the salty side for first evening. After reminding the restaurant several times we did not like food that salty, there was improvement. We highly appreciated the chef accommodating our early flight at 6.30 a.m. and prepared our breakfast at 3 a.m. for the 1st night.

We experienced communication problem with hotel staff as they hardly speak English.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner at the Taverna restaurant on Xmas day. The service and food were horrid! Our drinks were served after an hour of waiting and food after 2 hrs! The set menu was limited with no vegetarian or fish options and some items unavailable! The turkey we ordered, served cold, was flat with no seasoning whatsoever! Inadequately staffed, one waitress was tending to several tables with a few diners dozing off as they waited for their food!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Porto, Portugal
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Rambling sort of a hotel. I understand there are new sweets but I stayed several times in the older part. Rooms are large and clean but a little antequated. Bathrooms too are a little old, water hot but some times takes alittle time coming.
Some rooms are not acceptable but the reception is always willing to change them.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is reasonable and the restaurante for lunch or evening meal is excelent, though one can wait awhile for the food to come if they are busy. Quite a variety on the menu, good deserts. Great pastry shop and reasonable bar. Well located in the city.
Only an indoor pool, but the spa is excelent

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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san francisco usa
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

This is an expat/business hotel. Get a room on a higher floor in the new wing (but not top floor, as noisy air vents, etc. are on the roof). You will feel like you are in a mid-range Western traditional hotel. The rooms are relatively large and clean, the beds and linen are ok/average, the bathrooms LOOK luxurious with lots of marble, white towels and robes....but adequate supplies of hot water are a persistant problem. The lobby is roomy and attractive with marble floors...but I was surprised that the front desk and overall service is somewhat surly. This is the only place in Madagascar where I experienced a poor attitude from service providers. There are a couple of bars and restraurants...the bars were sadly dull and deserted during my stay, and only one of the restaurants was open. Unfortunately, it was mobbed with tour groups on the night I dined there, and the staff was overwhelmed. I ended up walking out after the first course was served, as it had taken at least 2 hours to get that far. The staff was apologetic, but that wasnt' the point. The spa is small and "ok" only. The pool was wildly crowded, so much so that my travelling companion felt uncomfortable and left after just 15 minutes. There are deserved raves for this hotel tho...and they are for the Patisserie. It operates at the very highest level. The pastries are excellent, the service is efficient and friendly, and it is simply a must-do visit for breakfast or afternoon tea. We also got supplies here for afternoon picnics (individual quiches, etc.). Overall, this is a nice break from Madagascar guest houses, and is the best bet in town if you prefer a more standard Western hotel experience.

Room Tip: A high, but not top, floor in the new wing with a view of the town
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Rooms offer a wide range of comfort, although the prices are the same.
Typically you arrive in Tananarive very late at night, so you may not have the strength to visit carefully the room you are given at the reception before you accept it. Besides, it is about the best you can find in Tana ...

Room Tip: Avoid the top floors because of the buildings ventilation noise, try and get in the newest part of t...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

The hotel was our "home base" during a two-week tour of Madagascar. My room was just fine. My only complaint, was the lack of hot water, but that was minor. The staff were all very nice and very helpful, especailly in arranging transport to the zoo and other places. It was a bit daunting to run the gantlet of people selling postcards, vanilla, and just right out asking for money right outside the front door, but that's part of being in Madagascar. The pastry shop is one of the best I've ever been in. I would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 29 Rue Prince Ratsimamanga | BP 341, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Antananarivo Province > Antananarivo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 52 Hotels in Antananarivo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 100
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