A newly built hotel in fabulous setting overlooking a row of rocky hills. I had a very comfortable bedroom with mosquito screen set away from the bed. There was a socket for the tv so I hope they will put them in soon. The entrance area included a space to put your suitcase and a cupboard including a safe. There was only one chair in the room but two sun loungers on the terrace overlooking the stunning view. The open plan bathroom could be closed up with sliding doors. Double sink with nice herby soaps but no shaving mirror. Huge bathtub which took ages to fill and was surrounded by uncomfortable pebbles/stones (I don't know why they thought that was a good idea!). No hand held shower attachment on the bathtub but there was a separate shower as well as a separate loo. Small towels. No electricity from 11-6 am, 10-2, 4-530pm. No Internet or wifi. The hotel was nearly empty so things might well be different with more guests but there was a choice of the same 3 main courses during my two day stay! That said, it was very tasty & well done. Sadly the same cannot be said for the breakfast which was a choice of 4 menus. 1) breads, 2) breads & juice/fruit 3) breads, juice/fruit & cereals 4) all of the above & eggs. It was the most expensive breakfast of my trip with the least choice. You were given a tiny pot of coffee, one glass of juice and a few bits of bread - no opportunity to chose whether you wanted a roll or croissant. They decided for you! Despite paying extra for the cooked breakfast I was given just one fried egg with bacon that looked more like ham.
The gardens have been nicely planned & as the plants grow it will look nice. The walks from the hotel were ok & you were properly in the canyon unlike the walks from the next door hotel 'the jardin du roi'. Those walks were much easier, flatter & open but more garden like. The view from the Jardin du Roi is very different because you can only really see trees. The view from the Isalo Rock Lodge is much more dramatic.
The hotel had provided a nice viewing point from which to enjoy the sunset. It was nicely done with sun loungers.
The hotel staff were friendly & couldn't have been nicer when they discovered I was staying there over my birthday, even producing a cake for me as a surprise.
However if you are staying there as an independent traveller & need advice/help with your reservation things get difficult. They will only accept payment for a reservation by bank transfer. Requests for information about their cancellation terms went unanswered. As did requests about information on the Isalo national park. There was no hot water one morning. That was explained by me using the bathtub the night before! If their boilers are that inefficient I dread to think how they will cope when the hotel is full. Finally, I tried to pay by credit card on leaving but they had a problem with their machine. They had given no thought to alternatives (eg impression of the card as I managed in other hotels) & expected me to pay in cash or make my way to some unknown district of Antananarivo on my return to the capital.
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