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L’Hotel Colbert Spa & Casino
Ranked #21 of 60 Hotels in Antananarivo
Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews
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“A very good hotel in an interesting city”
Reviewed 17 December 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Colbert a total of 6 nights over a period of 3 weeks, using it as a hub for excursions to the four corners of Madagascar. The hotel is located on a hill wnext to the President's Palace and other government buildings. The lobby is always busy with business men meeting government people and some tourists but not that many. Inspite of its location, like most of Tana, it is not a good idea to wander around by yourself, especially at night.
We ate several times at the cooffeshop, both for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast buffet is ok on the whole, but the pastries and breads are great. Eggs to order are included in the buffet price. If you order scrambled, you get a very soft and runny mass of eggs. If you like them a little firmer, order a plain omelet. The dinner menu is very extensive; everything from local specialites to pasta dishes.
Another choice for dinner is Taverne. Inspite of the name it is a white linen fine dining restaurant with very reasonable prices. Try the fixe prix special of the night.
We stayed in the newest wing and found the rooms comfortable and quiet. Most have a view of the city and the queen's palace. There is Internet in the Hotel. Wifi in the lobby which is the most reliable. In the rooms, the intenet connection is via the power plug. You need to get a cable at reception. It worked about half the time.
All in all, I'd recommend Hotel Colbert for friendly , helpful staff, comfortable rooms, and good restaurants.

Room Tip: The best rooms are in the new wing, upper floors facing the Queen's Palace
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Cleanliness
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auckland
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

As a group of guys visiting Madagascar for holiday this was a great choice of hotel for us. It was centrally located in Tana. We stayed on a couple of separate nights and used it as our base in Madagascar (roads stink and all flights hub out of Tana so useful). The staff were gracious and smart at helping solve the usual travel problems. The front desk management team were especially helpful. The rooms were varied but always comfortable and clean. Patisserie service was friendly, efficient and food mostly good except breakfast which was excellent. The rest of the hotel was a charming maze of traditional bars, boutiques and corridors. Reasonable value for location, service, and amenities. Great to have a wonderful traditional cafe au lait!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view not looking into another building
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Wichita, Kansas
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

I did not actually stay at Hotel Colbert but I used the lobby while awaiting a friend. Both times I arrived in Tana via taxi brousse, I got in at 0500 and did not want to wake my friend where I was staying so I sat in the lobby of Hotel Colbert. The staff has been more than gracious, allowing me to use wifi and get coffee. If I needed a hotel, I would check here. It is centrally located on a hill with fantastic views of the city. Also, the attached bakery is delicious.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

I have stayed at Hotel Colbert on many occasions during business trips to UCB Bank, up to & including year 2000. Measured against other international brand hotels I found Hotel Colbert vibrant, full of character with the most friendly & wonderful staff & spotlessly clean rooms. Although the Hotel is more "French/Malagasy orientated'' I felt very comfortable as an English speaking person. Most business establishments are within walking distance, lots of steps & lots of exercise !! The poor beggars can be a pain, it's perhaps a reflection of their hard life on the streets - Just feel fortunate you are not in their situation and enjoy the amazing experience of Madagascar. Great view of the Royal Palace. Ms Dave Farrell.

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are quieter. I prefer the main Hotel rooms.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Washington DC
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50 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2012

The Colbert is a large and somewhat confusing hotel with several buildings linked through walkways. The new wing, with the more expensive rooms, is right on top of the reception, while others are a small hike away. I have stayed in various rooms in the hotel and find all comfortable. They seem to have a rolling renovation program as a result of which one may find oneself in a brand new room or one in need of updating; however, all are in good state of repair. The junior suites are no larger than standard rooms, but have somewhat more (fake) antique decorations, and allegedly better security (although I never found security an issue in any part of the hotel). Service is overall friendly and efficient. During my most recent stay, the main lift was out of service and the stairs in the main tower of 8 floors became rather busy. The restaurants are good, but not special.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Hotel Colbert is a very good hotel in the heart of Antananarivo. The service is nice and quick. The rooms (new wing) are very nice, quiet and has a nice view over the city The internet access is good. The hotel Spa is great with a very good workout area. The restaurant is nice but, the menu could change a bit more often.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms in the new wing
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2012

We stayed here overnight and after experiencing the stay here, we decided this will be the hotel for us when visiting the capital.
Friendly staff, good ambience in the lobby, choice of restaurants,a bar , casino and a patisserie in the complex. A few gift shops for those last minute presents.

Room was well equiped, Large bathroom and nice amenities. Separate toilet. Bed was comfortable. No internet in the room but wifi available I think in the lobby.

Great location, close to shopping and restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: L’Hotel Colbert Spa & Casino
Address: 29 Rue Prince Ratsimamanga | BP 341, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
Region: Madagascar > Antananarivo Province > Antananarivo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Casino Hotel in Antananarivo
#5 Luxury Hotel in Antananarivo
#8 Spa Hotel in Antananarivo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — L’Hotel Colbert Spa & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Colbert Antananarivo Welcome. "The elegance, tradition and prestige are united with an attentive hospitality requirements since 1928" Hotel Restaurant Spa Colbert shines in the heart of the capital Antananarivo, in a perfect central location, prime location that will satisfy you, offering panoramic views of the different monuments city. Our goal is to make you feel at home, ensuring the effectiveness of a service associated with a unique travel experience. Whether on leisure travel, business, or romantic stay, we will answer all your expectations. ... more   less 
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