We had a good stay at the Neptune. It isn't a fancy place nor especially charming, and you can expect to climb stairs, but our room was relatively large and quite clean, the bathroom fully functional and modern, and we slept well (though if it had been hotter there might have been a problem, as the AC didn't do much).
The pool is very attractive and breakfast was better than average for Madagascar. The front desk staff spoke English well and were friendly. While there is wi fi, there is no Internet. (But my US cell phone did work!) Least good features were poor lighting in the room (we took off the shades to read) and a non-functional TV (we didn't care). Could be noisy if you have a room in front near the casino or disco; ours in back was very quiet.
The location is across from the beach -- not super scenic because the port is right there, but nice enough, and very quiet (the street in front has such gigantic pot holes that the traffic, not all that much to begin with, has to go REALLY slow!).
Best of all is that just down the street is Le Bateau Ivre where we had one of our top meals in all of Madagascar. The food was very tasty -- lobster and curried chicken, they have Three Horses on draft (we found that only one other place), there was a good band playing, open sided with nice tropical atmosphere -- very pleasant indeed. We walked there without any safety concerns (but with valuables left behind).
I'm not sure there is much better to be had in Tamatave. The other high rated hotel per the guidebooks is the Sharon; it may be a bit more upscale (though that isn't evident from the exterior) and business friendly, but we drove past it several times and clearly the location is not as good. If we are ever in Tamatave again, we would be quite happy to stay at the Neptune.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in Tamatave, Neptune Hotel & Spa stands facing the sea, just a few minutes from the city centre. A pleasant swimming pool, large terraces, a lounge bar, a gourmet restaurant ... To ensure that your stay will be the most enjoyable, our hotel has recently added a beauty and spa institute: L'Isula Spa ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Neptune Madagascar/Toamasina (Tamatave)