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“I don't recommend the Residence Mareva. There are much nicer places to choose from.” 1 of 5 stars
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Residence Mareva
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5, Rue Elysee Ravelontsalama | Antsahavola, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar   |  
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Ranked #49 of 69 Antananarivo B&B and Inns
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“I don't recommend the Residence Mareva. There are much nicer places to choose from.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2009

Was on business in Antananarivo and was assigned to this "hotel" by my employer. I stayed an the Residence Mareva for more than a month, but finally had had enough, and moved out. The pro's: The 2-person staff is friendly. The gentleman cooks a very tasty zebu w/roasted potato dish and it's quite inexpensive (5000 MRA = US$2.60). But, that's the end of the list. The con's: The street corner location is extremely noisy. Towels are changed maybe once a week (if you're lucky); sheets even less often. We ran out of hot water in the rooms on several occasions, and once or twice, ran out of water entirely (hot or cold). The electricity also went off several times. (The Residence is the equivalent of an American B&B, but it's electrical & plumbing systems haven't been upgraded to support a full house.) The Residence is not staffed after 4 p.m. daily, and not at all on Sundays, so if a power or water problem occurs then, you're out of luck for the rest of the night or weekend. Although the room rate was fixed (63000 MRA = US$32.73), I later learned there were hidden "extras". CNN, for example (the only English channel) was extra 5000 MRA (=US$It's the Chalet des Roses, and I would highly recommend it above the Residence Mareva to anyone. It has a wonderful, onsite restaurant, it's staffed 24 hours a day, with the usual daily maid service and clean towels, has unlimited hot water & power (I've been in it for a month and haven't had any outages), has internet in the rooms, and it's even less expensive (40,000 MRA = US$20.78).2.60) daily. Heat for your room was an extra 10000 MRA (=US$5.19) per day. I left before the landlady tried to charge me for water (which I assumed was next). It wasn't difficult to find a much nicer, much newer, proper hotel right around the corner.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2007

I said this is one of the best kept secrets. My friend said this is a small hidden treasure. Located just around the corner from the US embassy, Shanghai Restaurant, and Chalet de Roses. Nice! The rooms are big, clean, and bright. The staffs are nice and caring. There are fruits available all the time. And, the price is right!

  • Liked — Everything.
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5, Rue Elysee Ravelontsalama | Antsahavola, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Antananarivo Province > Antananarivo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in Antananarivo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the city, next to the embassies. High comfort, convenience and conviviality. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Residence Mareva Madagascar/Antananarivo

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