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“Good location but basic accommodation”
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Feon' ny Ala
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“Good location but basic accommodation”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed three nights here and loved the location however parts of the experience could be improved. Our cabin faced onto the forest but regularly had buses parked in the middle of the view unloading luggage for guests. We, like many others, were also disturbed by the noise of other visitors as tour groups, sounding like school camp groups, had no respect for the environment or other guests. A few local rules like keeping the noise down would be great and preventing buses from coming inside the accommodation area would be sensible. Not sure what you do about people who talk over the Indris calling and loudly enough to spoil recordings.
Accommodation was clean but basic with rather lumpy beds and dark cabins but the power worked ok most of the time and we were there for the wildlife and walks.
The food was ok but nothing special and it is best to stick to very safe options as things like pasta looked unappetising.
I would look for a smaller place next time as Feon Y Ala is overrun with tour groups doing a one night stay.

Room Tip: Rooms at the top of the hill might be better
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Stayed here on two different occasions, one night each time.
This is, as far as I know, the only budget place to sleep in the area. They have more expensive rooms, but the shared bath rooms are very good value, plus they are higher up, giving you a better view than the other rooms. the room and toilets were clean, and the restaurant was good, with a great deal on Rhum Arrange (2000 Ar!)
The place is VERY well located. It's 2 minutes walk from the main road, which means that if you're coming from Tana, you can take any Taxi-brousse that goes towards Toamasina (Tamatave) and ask to get off at the park. Contrary to what Lonely Planet writes, this is much faster than taking a Taxi-brousse to Moramanga and another to Andasibe, because you never know how long you will have to wait in Moramanga, and because if you transfer there, you will be taking 2 local vehicles instead of one national vehicle.The local ones are much slower and usually more packed than the national ones. It might end up a few dollars more, but it's worth it.
The reason I'm mentioning all this is because if you stay in Andasibe town, you will be staying roughly the same walking distance from the park entrance, but you will have a 30 minute walk from the main road, making the single taxi option less viable, and that's an advantage for Feon-y Ala. In my opinion, much better than staying in town.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This was the last place we stayed in Madagascar but one of the nicest. In a great location very close to the rainforest so you can hear all the creature noises including the famous indri! As has been said the chalets are very comfortable although noisy neighbours can be annoying. Plenty of hot water which was nice. Really friendly helpful staff and great food - disagree with previous lady's comment that they were pricey - we thought they were quite cheap compared to a lot of places we stayed but its all relative to experience.

Room Tip: Not too near the main building as everyone else will walk past you on the way to theirs, prob talkin...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

A little Oasis in the rainforest. You are 1 km from the national rainforest preserve to see the Lemurs and chameleons. The chalets were comfortable with great amenities. The walls are quite thin so you can hear the noises from the other chalets. Great food at the restaurant but a little pricey for Madagscar. All services such as taxis and buses are available right there. Staff are pleasant and speak English quite well.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good however we had the row closest to the ravine and had lemurs right below our c...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chongqing, Chongqing, China
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

the food here is excellent,one can hear the lemurs singing while having some drinks. it's just some steps' walk from the RN2 which is the main road between Toamasina and Tananarive, however its never too surprising to see lemurs hanging on the trees nearby.
Ive been here for a 3 or 4 times and have seen people coming outside at night with torches looking for nocturne animals though i never tried I thinks there must be something worth seeing.
The bungalows are somewhat basically equipped without air-cons and u can hear everything happening in the house beside u....
but judging from the price and location and..its maybe the best u can find in Andasibe.

Room Tip: as i said the bungalows are so weak in sound-proofing, you d better choose those on the upper hill a...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Went there twice (so far), first time in December 2012, last time in July 2013. The first time Indri were calling almost all evening - UNFORGETABLE sound! The second time they were silent for some reason - a little disappointing if you come once:) Phone/e-mail reservations accepted, no need to prepay, while there you can charge all your restaurant meals to the room (we paid about Ariary 60,000 per night for a bungalow with a double bed). The rooms are basic as many say here, but that means shower w/hot (really hot) water, a sink, and a toilet; clean towels, packaged soap provided. Yes, you do hear neighbors ocassionally, but you also hear more wildlife around. Most of the bungalows seemed to be refurbished since our previous visit, shows good management that keep ups the property in a good shape. The shapes and size of the rooms vary, but they are all on the hillside facing the rainforest with Indris. Lots of parking space. IMHO the restaurant is the best in the neighbourhood and at the best prices - tried all others (Vakona Forest Lodge - need to visit it though, Andasibe, Mikalo...); recommend soup chinois (with chicken or pork), grilled zebu steak, the selection is rather wide for a remote place, many Chinese dishes. Huge restaurant hall, and a couple of semiprivate dining areas, and a large cosy patio (reminded me of German country taverns). There is some sports options for those who don't drink (or drink too much) - table tennis, etc. There is a very modern playground for kids. The area is safe - you can walk with a flashlight after card trying to spot night lemurs on the side of the road (getting dark at around 6-7 pm) and you don't need a guide unless you want company. There are lots of tourists that come and go, but it was not annoying for us; makes us think that it is really safe to stay and eat there - other places we saw much less guests. If you want the SO-CALLED BEST COMFORT - you would choose some other place, ie Vakona or Andasibe, but I doubt that you will get much more service for $80-$100 per night. Mikalo - a nice looking complex but looks deserted. Have not heard anything on the other listings from anyone - I guess they are overrated.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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60 hotel reviews
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Basic huts directly across the river from the national park. Great for birding and evening/morning walks in the national park.
Family rooms look great, with split level for kids to stay in the loft.
Facilities are simple but sufficient. Restaurant and bar area is great for mingling and has an outdoor area with a view. Just watch out for the mozzies.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Feon' ny Ala
Address: Andasibe, Andasibe, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toamasina Province > Andasibe
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Andasibe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 44
Also Known As:
Feon y Ala Hotel Andasibe
Feon' Ny Ala Madagascar/Andasibe

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