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“Best place in Antsiranana for western-style accomodation”
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Grand Hotel
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“Best place in Antsiranana for western-style accomodation”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

This hotel looks just like the pictures and was very nice. It sits along the main road downtown but the property layout keeps the noise and bustle of town out of the oasis around the pool. I had a street-side room and it was quiet too.

- Internet was spotty in the rooms but good in the lobby, bar, and poolside restaurant.
- Beds are VERY firm
- Staff spoke mostly French but that never got in the way. Menus, signs, and correspondence were all bilingual
- Prices were higher in the hotel for food and drink compared to in town but everything is still cheap (2500 Ariary to $1)
- There's an ATM in the lobby that takes only VISA and dispenses local currency
- A supermarket is 200 meters away with everything you might need from baby stuff to beer and wine. Very French...
- We ate a lot in the hotel and in places around town and no one got a stomach ache
- The tour company in the lobby and listed on the hotel website is great and the trips were better than advertised. Do not skip Ankarana Park just because it is far away It's totally worth it
- The casino is all business; very serious. We had fun anyway because of the great exchange rate and the free drinks while at the table.They have a 2000 Ariary minimum bet (less than $1).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Best pool I've seen in a developing country in a long time. Average hotel rooms with all the amenities. Accommodated a family of four easily and for a good price. AC (needed in Diego) worked well. Right in the heart of the tourist area, so can access most things you need on foot (including the main grocery store). There are more scenic places in Diego, but this place was not bad.

  • Stayed April 2013
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waterboro
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Stayed at this hotel in October and had a wonderful stay. The rooms were clean and modern. The food at the hotel was very good. Breakfast was a standard European style one with bread, croissants, fruit, jams, ham, cheese and coffee. The location was in an excellent location in the middle of a nice shopping district. I loved the vibe of the city and this hotel was a safe and comfortable place to stay. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

we stayed here when our flight to Antananarivo was cancelled due to a military mutiny at the airport....! we picked it as it was relatively close to the airport, and had free WiFi which we needed to try and sort out our onward travel...unfortunately it was difficult to connect to the WiFi in our room, and we kept having to go and sit in the hallway or foyer in order to get a consistent connection.
the rooms were large and well equipped, and very clean. the pool was lovely and had a swim up bar - always nice! Breakfast was a very well stocked buffet which was great, dinner was a bit on the average side.
Staff were polite but not overly helpful or friendly. all in all a pleasant enough place to stay if you like big hotels...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Nice hotel, the location is good, I think this is supposed to be the best in Diego Suarez. Nice/new rooms, nice pool, the spa was very nice, though a bit odd that you had to pay to use the steam bath. The food was good, and there was a nice pool bar and another bar at the front of the hotel.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

very nice rooms, beautiful lounge, gorgeous pool and restaurant area BUT reception staff and above all bar & restaurant staff is very non-professional (yet friendly). They got everything wrong all the time + the food & drinks were not good.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Rooms are clean, spacious and modern but lacking the colonial atmosphere that makes Diego Suarez a special place. WIFI works well in the rooms and their big pool is their major asset. Hotel gym is a joke, just some rusted pre-world war machines next to the pool. Price of 98 EUR per night is ok. Breakfast was so poor (variety, quality and presentation) that I only had a tea-sip and left.

Only major problem for me was that the hotel does not accept Mastercard (as in many places in Madagascar); plus, there is only one ATM in town that hands a out a max. of 200k-400k Ariary per withdrawal. So make sure you take enough cash with you.

Furthermore, receptionist English is almost non-existent and their their sense of service-orientation quite poor.

Had great zebu beef-lunch at Melville Terrace Restaurant (belongs to Hotel Allamanda) with a great ocean view. Grilled lobster dinner at Tsara Be Restaurant also highly recommendable.

Nightlife in Diego is colorful, usually starting at Vainee, afterwards turning to the two other major venues on Rue Colbert (I guess their names were “Boit Noir” and “Nouvel Hotel”), all of them very close to Grand Hotel. As everywhere in Madagascar, local girls tend to be over-pushy with male tourists.

The hotel travel desk is run by ESF (Evasion Sans Frontière) that arranged a guided SUV-transfer to Nosy Be (stopping by Ankarana Park and lunch in Ambilobe), a bit expensive if you cannot share the expense with more passengers, but highly professional/interesting.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Grand Hotel
Address: 46 Rue Colbert | Diego Suarez, Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) 201, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Antsiranana Province > Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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