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“Loads of character” 3 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 49 hotels in Antananarivo
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“Loads of character”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

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.

Room Tip: At a slightly higher rate, ask for a room in the new wing with more modern rooms and fittings. For a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

We stay at the Colbert on New Years eve 2012/13. We stayed in an upgraded room (one up from Standard). For Madagascar the hotel is very good and covers all the amenities you require. The patisserie is excellent and the hotel restaurant is also very good with breakfast be adequate for everyone.
We did not dine in the restaurant at night as they had a New Years eve party which you had to book and had set menu. So we had room service, which was really good and very satisfying.
All in all a very good hotel, especially for Madagascar.

Stayed December 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Colbert a total of 6 nights over a period of 3 weeks, using it as a hub for excursions to the four corners of Madagascar. The hotel is located on a hill wnext to the President's Palace and other government buildings. The lobby is always busy with business men meeting government people and some tourists but not that many. Inspite of its location, like most of Tana, it is not a good idea to wander around by yourself, especially at night.
We ate several times at the cooffeshop, both for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast buffet is ok on the whole, but the pastries and breads are great. Eggs to order are included in the buffet price. If you order scrambled, you get a very soft and runny mass of eggs. If you like them a little firmer, order a plain omelet. The dinner menu is very extensive; everything from local specialites to pasta dishes.
Another choice for dinner is Taverne. Inspite of the name it is a white linen fine dining restaurant with very reasonable prices. Try the fixe prix special of the night.
We stayed in the newest wing and found the rooms comfortable and quiet. Most have a view of the city and the queen's palace. There is Internet in the Hotel. Wifi in the lobby which is the most reliable. In the rooms, the intenet connection is via the power plug. You need to get a cable at reception. It worked about half the time.
All in all, I'd recommend Hotel Colbert for friendly , helpful staff, comfortable rooms, and good restaurants.

Room Tip: The best rooms are in the new wing, upper floors facing the Queen's Palace
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

As a group of guys visiting Madagascar for holiday this was a great choice of hotel for us. It was centrally located in Tana. We stayed on a couple of separate nights and used it as our base in Madagascar (roads stink and all flights hub out of Tana so useful). The staff were gracious and smart at helping solve the usual travel problems. The front desk management team were especially helpful. The rooms were varied but always comfortable and clean. Patisserie service was friendly, efficient and food mostly good except breakfast which was excellent. The rest of the hotel was a charming maze of traditional bars, boutiques and corridors. Reasonable value for location, service, and amenities. Great to have a wonderful traditional cafe au lait!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view not looking into another building
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I did not actually stay at Hotel Colbert but I used the lobby while awaiting a friend. Both times I arrived in Tana via taxi brousse, I got in at 0500 and did not want to wake my friend where I was staying so I sat in the lobby of Hotel Colbert. The staff has been more than gracious, allowing me to use wifi and get coffee. If I needed a hotel, I would check here. It is centrally located on a hill with fantastic views of the city. Also, the attached bakery is delicious.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hermanus, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I have stayed at Hotel Colbert on many occasions during business trips to UCB Bank, up to & including year 2000. Measured against other international brand hotels I found Hotel Colbert vibrant, full of character with the most friendly & wonderful staff & spotlessly clean rooms. Although the Hotel is more "French/Malagasy orientated'' I felt very comfortable as an English speaking person. Most business establishments are within walking distance, lots of steps & lots of exercise !! The poor beggars can be a pain, it's perhaps a reflection of their hard life on the streets - Just feel fortunate you are not in their situation and enjoy the amazing experience of Madagascar. Great view of the Royal Palace. Ms Dave Farrell.

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are quieter. I prefer the main Hotel rooms.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Colbert is a large and somewhat confusing hotel with several buildings linked through walkways. The new wing, with the more expensive rooms, is right on top of the reception, while others are a small hike away. I have stayed in various rooms in the hotel and find all comfortable. They seem to have a rolling renovation program as a result of which one may find oneself in a brand new room or one in need of updating; however, all are in good state of repair. The junior suites are no larger than standard rooms, but have somewhat more (fake) antique decorations, and allegedly better security (although I never found security an issue in any part of the hotel). Service is overall friendly and efficient. During my most recent stay, the main lift was out of service and the stairs in the main tower of 8 floors became rather busy. The restaurants are good, but not special.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
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Ranked #22 of 49 hotels in Antananarivo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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