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Setam Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ranomafana
Reviewed February 8, 2014

This lodge looks like a hostel. You have just bed, toilet and shower and breakfast, no other facilities. Restaurant was also so-so. This is a hotel with good location to go to see Ranomafana park, nothing else. I'm not sure do they have better hotels in this area, because we asked the best one. The weather wasn't good at time of our visit, that's why we didn't enjoy our stay there at whole.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

The journey was long and bumpy, but the destination was amazing. The lodge has had bad reviews so we were very apprehensive. We had read that the rooms were damp and cold. The room was when we first went in, but when we went down to eat we left the heater on and got back to a very cosy room. It was comfortable, in a perfect location and the food was very good indeed.
The park it's self was amazing and again, we got very close to all the lemurs and saw five out of seven of the species that are seen during the day time. It was very enjoyable, but after the five hour trek we were very hot and tired. A delicious lunch looking across to the vast forest made up for that.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jeffhills
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

This hotel is fairly basic but the access to the national park is very good. The walks and wildlife are excellent, making it the only reasonable choice to stay.

The staff are friendly and helpful.

The main problems are that there is nowhere to just sit. By that I mean, outside your room there are no chairs to take in the view and in the main room it is just the restaurant. When you have sometime on your hands there is nowhere to relax, and the rooms just aren't up to muster in that department. Also, do not expect wifi!

Due to the outstanding location this could be a stunning place which turns out to be truly forgettable.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SotoPD
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Comfortable friendly hotel set on the edge of rain forest. Rooms are basic but comfortable.
We found it difficult to dry clothes following our walks in the forest. We ignored the rule stating no drying of clothes in rooms as this was necessary. Food was good, Local wildlife experiences excellent.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Scotty95
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We stayed here 3 nights. It was a bit more basic than the previous places we had stayed (eg Vakona Lodge) but nevertheless we liked it. We understood it was owned by a local man who was one of the recent presidential candidates. The setting is good (lovely views over the forest) although there is a road below with occasional heavy lorries. The "cottages" are set on a hillside with quite steep steps. Ours was a two-storey semi, double bed downstairs and twins upstairs. Basically OK but the spiral stairs were a bit dodgy (eg no rail) and we were a bit disturbed by noise from next door. The restaurant was good, very friendly and thoughtful staff some choice of good quality food. Breakfasts were excellent with a different local delicacy every day. They do lunch too (we had a great omlette baguette and chips!). A highlight of our stay was seeing from our forecourt 2 Bamboo Lemurs eating bamboo and fruits in the hotel grounds. They stayed for ages and afforded great views (maybe we were just lucky).

Room Tip: Bring a torch as the power sometimes goes off.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Don't order sine here, most expensive in Madagascar at least double that of any other hotel on the island. Rooms basic you get charged if you are caught doing your washing in you room ! Food reasonable. Best bit about the hotel is it's closeness to the National Park.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
Thank John W
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We went out for a night walk where we saw a mouse lemur, Golden Orb spider, tree frogs and small Chameleons, returning to find an enormous Comet moth and Leaf Tailed Gheko in one of the roofs over the steps to the hotel.

Supper was pretty good, a choice of 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 puddings. All quite tasty and washed down with THB (Three Horses Beer).

Breakfast was huge and included traditional Malagasy cakes (one wrapped in banana leaves which weren't terribly tasty but rather stodgy), good warm Croissants and loads of bread (and eggs included if you wanted or had enough room).

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank JonBrew
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Address: 56 Avenue du 26 Juin | Ranomafana National Park, Ranomafana 312, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Fianarantsoa Province > Ranomafana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ranomafana
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Setam Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100

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