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“Nice place just don't eat there!”
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Le Combava
Ranked #23 of 59 Hotels in Antananarivo
Certificate of Excellence
Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Nice place just don't eat there!”
Reviewed 29 January 2013

Very nice staff, large room and great air conditioning. However, they have a problem with food poisoning. The third night I was there I got so sick and dehydrated I had to go to our company nurse and get IV's and antibiotics. She told me I'm not the first to have gotten sick from eating here. But others at work rave on how great it is to eat there, so your experience may vary. I was sick for 3 days and moved hotels because I couldn't trust the food.

Room Tip: I stayed in Room #6.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2013

We were put here by our travel agent when our trip went wrong. We stayed for 1 night. I will try not to be too negative but the fact is the room we stayed in had bed bugs. We were on our honeymoon! Top of the stairs, 2nd right. The room is spacious but more like a motel with a mini kitchen. After pointing out the bites, they did let us move rooms, but by then half of my body was covered in bites!
They did us a nice takeaway breakfast as we were leaving early. My husband ate in the restaurant, the food was average, service very good.
The hotel is close to the airport.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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tana
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 28 December 2012

The first time, i went to Combava, and after 2 years of staying in Tana, i quoted it as my best lunch i had since my arrival in Tana.
The second time, i ordered exactly the same, and it was unfortunately a deception.... Of course, the food was not bad, but it did not reach the delicacy of the first time.... a pity there is no consistence in restaurant in Tana.... but it is still a very good one!

(i cannot review the hotel as i didnt stay there...)

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

We stayed at Le Combava for 8 nights on a recent trip to Madagascar. We were working at Ambohibao Hospital, making this the most convenient hotel for our particular needs. What we found however, was more than convenience. The rooms were very spacious. We stayed in the Cocao Rooms (2 of them), one before and one after our weekend in Antisrabe. Our first room was very open and very clean, with a large kitchen/dining area, a large bedroom area, sitting area and balcony. It overlooked the restaurant below. I forget the room number but it was just at the top of the stairs to the left (#5 I think). Our second room was also overlooking the restaurant with a balcony but was not nearly as open feeling. It was also at the top of the stairs but to the right #8?).

The front dest staff spoke english very well. They were helpful with money exchange, making phone calls and help with internet issues. Wifi is included with the rooms which is helpful.

The restaurant was good. We had room service bring up coffee and a snack each morning which was quick. We ate at the restaurant a couple of times as well, once for lunch (for sandwiches which were good) and once for dinner. We had Zebu carpaccio which was a delicious appetizer.

The grounds felt very safe. There is a large gate which is locked shut at night, we had to be let in with our driver each night as we would return from work after dark.

I highly recommend Le Combava, it is convenient on the road to the airport. The rooms are nice and spacious. The staff is friendly and very helpful. I have nothing negative to say about our 8 nights at Le Combava.

Room Tip: Cacao Rooms are big suites with lots of space. The Cacao Room at the top of the stairs to the left w...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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London
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

OK that's not entirely fair, the pizza was serviceable enough but the meal we had in the beautiful looking main restaurant in the evening was absolutely appalling. Perhaps the worst meal we have ever had which was only worsened by the fact that within an hour the food poisoning my wife picked up from the revolting meal hit like a truck and she spent the whole night being sick.

The room was very big, with a kitchenette but quite spartan. Bathroom was extremely badly lit, which may have been a blessing in disguise.

Staff were all nice and friendly but I thought it was quite expensive for what you actually get.

Quite convenient for the airport, although if thats your main criteria there are lots of good hotels much nearer.

Definitely wouldn't go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2012

8 of us had a birthday dinner at La Combava restaurant on February 15th. The covered garden setting is extremely cozy and was excellent shelter from the evening rain. We all split different pizzas and salads with bottles of Red and White wine. Substitutions on the pizza ingredients were accepted and the complimentary cake at the end of the meal was a bonus. This is a Convenient place for a meal if you are staying near the Antananarivo airport and better still if you are staying at the hotel itself.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

A very well-appointed hotel which would get a good review in any country. In Madagascar, it is remarkable. Each room is decorated in an individual style and the three I stayed in (on several stays during a two week trip) were each more like a suite than a single room. Each had a sitting area, kitchen and nice bathroom, although with shower rather than bath. The hotel staff were very helpful, spoke good English, offered assistants and foreign exchange. The restaurant was reasonable, but I would stick to the more straightforward dishes - pizzas are excellent.

Location is just about perfect - near the airport and ten minutes walk from a big tourist market. It's not in the centre of the city though.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Le Combava
Address: Ambodihady route digue Aeroport | Bp 8271, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
Region: Madagascar > Antananarivo Province > Antananarivo
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Antananarivo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the middle way between the International Airport and the town, Le combava will enchant you with his typical rooms, tropical garden and beautiful landscape. Each room is differently decorated. Warm colors or pastel colors, fragrances from Vanilla room to Telomiova room, le Combava will amaze you with the marriage of the traditional Antananarivo and the comfort of modernity. All rooms are equipped with air conditioner/heater, TV-sat, mini-bar, dining room, lounge, safe box , Wireless Internet. ... more   less 
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