Arriving at the hotel you have to descend some 5 1 steps in wood and stone. The hotel is situated in what looks like a delipidated villa. Entering, it smells like the cheff has forgotten the fish in the hot oil. Not a subtle wiff but so strong that you feel it in your eyes.
We had chosen The English Room.
The stairs to the room are real narrow & steep
Coming to the room-the best thing is a large veranda that you have to share with others.
The bathroom has an outdated tub which older people will not be able to enter, since the hight is roughly to the middle of your thigh. There are no steps.
There is no shower curtain.
The washbasin has 4 taps (faucets) but no possibility to mix the water and no plug for the drain. It is yellow stained at places, it is dirty, it is scratched, it is chipped. The soap holders are rusty.
A sun-downer was served at the veranda in two different wine-glasses one for white and one for red wines with a slice of fois gras (half coocked and red inside)
The door to the veranda cannot be closed from the outside which leaves plenty of space for mosquitos which in our case entered by the dozen. No mossie -net.
The paint is falling off here and there the wood is splitting up e.g. on the easy chairs, it is dirty, dirty, dirty.
Look at the photo of the towel after i moved it along the window in the bathroom!
The double bed shrieks horribly loud when you sit on it or turning during night.
When people upstairs (?) Are walking on the floor it sounds like they are walking through your room
Ordered red wine: yes-wine good but served at 12-13 degrees.
Ordered starters: malagacy assiet - very good
Main dish: Shrimp - ok- Baked potatoes is boiled potato afterward wrapped in foil. (That is how you recognize the not caring kitchen.)
Thai soup= vegetables served in a cream sauce! None of the special Thai-taste. Cold! and on cold plate. No spoon!
Re-order: beef in malagasy pepper sauce. Beef ordered rare to medium. Appears as well done to medium in a onion cream sauce! No peppers! And a cold plate.
When serving the waitress is stretching over the food in one place to give the food to the the other party
The picture was made complete when the napkins first came together w/dessert. (But we had paper serviettes, probably left over from the previous meal.
The staff had no clue how to serve food.
The china ware -all- had chips- and it is a known fact that that is the way to promote infections.
Way out of the city, you would need your own transportation I guess.
All in all:
not worth the money! There are so many other places which are clean and without all the nuisance of this place and with excellent trained staff. And today I know, with so much better view of the town
There is a heater in the room
The view is OK but not the best, and the only selling point.
It is amazing that they are said to be the Winner 2012 (?). And they are displaying a Trip Advisor award where there is no year mentioned!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- a genuine traditional Malagasy House, all in red bricks with a balcony with breathtaking views over the city. lokanga is centrally located in the heart of an historical area, perched on the royal hill of Antananarivo a few step from the Queen's Palace. All the rooms are individually styled and decorated with family antiques and full comforts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lokanga Boutique Hotel Madagascar/Antananarivo