I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel.
It is quite a large hotel with an old wing forming part of the initial building, and a newer wing with more modern rooms as far as I understand. I stayed in the old wing which is slightly cheaper and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything has so much character. If you are into contemporary architecture and all the latest bells and whistles, you will probably not enjoy this. Unfortunately this is about as good as it gets as one does not have the luxury of choice when it comes to 4-5 star hotels in Tana.
The room I stayed in had a large bed, safe, minibar, aircon, tv, desk.. all of which were perfectly acceptable and the look of which were in line with the old. colonial feel of the hotel. The bathroom had a bath with shower over the bath. The water pressure was not great, but under the circumstances I did not mind. It served its purpose. If this hotel was situated in a first world country I would probably have felt very different about it, but within context I found it charming and even refreshingly different to hotels I normally stay in.
One of the highlights of the hotel for me was the spa/ fitness centre. I loved the authentic look and feel of it. The fitness centre is quite disjointed with fitness equipment in various rooms but this adds to the charm. There is a lovely pool and hammam. In between the array of treatments on offer, I could have spent a full day there alone!
The only drawback in my experience was that, minus reception, the staff is generally not proficient in English which made ordering room service, for instance, challenging. With a bit of patience you will be ok though.
Unfortunately one cannot explore the area around the hotel care- and hassle-free as there are many beggars that does not easily take no for an answer. You will be greeted by the likes of them at the airport already. Most of the population live from hand to mouth so one can understand their behaviour - as annoying as it may be. Nothing more the hotel can do about this other than the security guards in the street infront of the hotel. Further afield you are on your own - which is sadly not advisable.
Take some time to explore the hotel. There are a lot of nooks and crannies with bars, eateries, a small casino and a couple of shops.
I am sure most would find a short stay of two to three days at Hotel Colbert quite pleasant.
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- Also Known As:
- Colbert Hotel Antananarivo
- Hotel Colbert Madagascar/Antananarivo