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L’Hotel Colbert Spa & Casino
Ranked #23 of 59 Hotels in Antananarivo
Johannesburg
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48 reviews
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“Not a great Hotel”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

We arrived at Hotel Corbert on Saturday 24th August. The receptionist was efficient and friendly as we were one of the first of our party to check in.

We checked in as our rooms were ready. When I arrived in my room I felt it was dusty and dark. I had also requested that they do not have any feathers in the room as I am highly allergic. Unfortunately they could not change the pillows as they only had pillows with feathers so they suggested I move to the La Varangue down the road which was a far more acceptable Hotel.

The Hotel Corbert cashiers also do not carry large amounts of cash so they could only exchange small values of Euro for Ariary which does not help. There is an exchange bureau about 100m away which they did not tell us about as I presume they wanted to do the exchange. They were all polite and helpful. Most staff could speak rudimentary English.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Kirchberg, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

This trap of a hotel is unavoidable, if booked for a mid-size conference in Madagascar. There simply is no alternative. The rooms' decor and access to hot water is not for the faint-hearted. Be brisk about requesting another room- everyone else will. Only Wifi access is in the Hotel Lobby. Avoid the hotel kitchen entirely, if you can. A few steps outside the entrance is a french Patisserie, which will sustain you for a few days. The hotel is a magnet for roadside sellers of trinkets and women holding up their abused children to collect your sympathy dollars. Utterly appalling.
The staff are kind and really try to please the guests, even though their very rudimentary english skills trip them up. The Hotel is good for your soul. It will remind you to revisit your values and sense of humour.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Kherson, Ukraine
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Hotel Colbert, is the place to be in, when you are visiting AntanaNarivo in Madagascar. As they say you are known by your address. It applies appropriately to Hotel Colbert. Location-perfect, style- Could not be better, Restaurants-Excellent, Lounge-Wow, Staff/Service-Just right, Rooms- Luxury / Luxury / Luxury.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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maryland
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Despite its large size this hotel has very uneven (or no) standards of quality and service. You need luck for a very good stay and if you are out of luck you can have a poor one. First offered a very bad room. When asked for a change they agreed and for the same price gave me a much better one just across the hall. The service in the restaurant is excellent, yet the front desk staff act if they are doing a favor just talking to you. I have never received such bad service from front desk hotel staff as in this hotel. The area of the hotel can be considered cramped or charming depending of your preferences--but it does have character--unlike the Carlton. I may return but I will have to consider it carefully.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Stayed for 2 nights, was upgraded to room with lounge, study, dining table. Even has a spa bath!!
Meals at restaurant very good and reasonably priced. Nice area in town with markets and restaurants nearby.
Will stay here again.

Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 May 2013 via mobile

Stayed 4 separate nights during course of 2-week trip around Madagascar, upgrading to Deluxe room each time as these are invariably well-appointed (regular rooms vary) and most conveniently located (on the floors directly above the lobby). All were large attractive rooms with great views (2 had balconies), great beds, linens, towels & amenities.

Checking in & out was quick. Reception happily provided me with small bills (so I could tip the pleasant & efficient porters). Lobby WiFi was free & fast. Not a prostitute in sight!

Ordered twice from Room Service, my grilled ham & cheese sandwich with fries arrived well within the stated 20-minute window quoted upon ordering, well-prepared & tastefully presented. Breakfast buffet was well-stocked, eggs & crepes cooked to order also available from a delightful man stationed on the terrace, who delivered my order to my table when ready (and helped me practice my rudimentary French, tho he spoke excellent English). Other staff delivered coffee & cleared plates in a timely manner & with a smile.

Great location, close to shops & restaurants. A few (mild-mannered) hawkers and a single beggar woman with baby were sometimes patrolling outside the entrance, but I certainly never felt harassed upon arrival or departure, and hotel security was on hand to keep order if needed (which it was not).

So, absolutely no complaints, and I would definitely stay here again if ever I came back to Tana.

Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Grand Baie, Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2013

This is my second visit to "Tana" and the first time staying at the Hotel Colbert.

Location is very good - siting rigt next to the Parliament - although around 30 minutes to an hour from the airport depending on traffic.

The rooms are big but haven't been modernised in maybe 15 years. They have great views over the city and are kept pretty clean. The best thing about the hotel is the choise of facilities with 3 restaurants, a gorgeous casino, shops and bars. Its a small oasis in the heart of a chaotic city.

If you end up in "Tana" I would recommend this as the best place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013
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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
#6 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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