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La Varangue
Ranked #9 of 59 Hotels in Antananarivo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 November 2011

We stayed at La Varangue for only one night at the end of our tour—and we loved it. Our suite was enormous and well-appointed. The restaurant is excellent. Unfortunately we couldn't keep our room for a second night and ended up at the Carlton just up the street. The Carlton, while nice, is large and commercial compared to the homey feeling of La Varangue. La Varangue is definitely the place I'd go back to on a return trip to Madagascar.

Room Tip: Our second floor suite in a connecting building to the main building was terrific.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

The restaurant decoration look like an antique Store... why not ?
The service is correct but not soo kind...
Menu are very original but not incredible... No vow effect !!!
Desert chocolate explosion was very nice...
We are staying 2 hours in the restaurant and we were very happy to return at home...
Average is a perfect international rating and good is right for Madagascar...
But don't asking THE restaurant...

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Althought it seems beloved by reviewers, I don't really understand the raves. The complex is tucked into a hillside below the Presidential Palace in Tana, and consists of a number of small, adjacent buildings with rooms that vary significantly. I stayed there twice in October 2011. The first room was in the "main" building above the restaurant. The carpeting was somewhat worn, the bathroom lacked privacy as it was enclosed in half-walls only, and some of the windows overlooked a balcony that served as a storage depot for an assortment of unsightly junk. The room had a useful range of ammenitites...small safe, stocked refrigerator, TV, mosquito nets on beds, etc. But overall the feeling was dark and somewhat dingy. My second stay was in an adjacent building (just to the right, if facing the main entrance), and the room had large bathroom and half bath, laminate wood floors (cleaner feeling than carpet), a sitting room, and a nice view across back gardens to a nearby hillside.

Service was "ok"...if somewhat cold and anonymous. This extended to the restaurant, where the food quality is high, but the maitre d' is unwelcoming and the overall service oddly distant. The decor is an amusing mix of old telephones, adding machines and other peculiar ephemera displayed against warm yellow walls. Patrons seem to be a mix of both tourists and locals, which was a nice change from the typical tourist locations.

Really--the only reason to stay here is the restaurant...otherwise, the rooms are ordinary. Oh, and walk up the hill to the Colbert Patisserie for a great breakfast of delicious pastries.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the main building above the restaurant.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Great little hotel / inn in 'Tana. Returned to it on business after a gap of several years, and it was great to see all the improvements to the hotel. Great, friendly staff, really high level of service, and very well maintained. It really did feel like a "home away from home". It is exceptionally well run, with staff out everywhere touching up the paint, making sure the meal is served properly. Could not fault it.

Room Tip: Room 21 was my preferred room - great views.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We stayed for 2 nights at the end of a trip, in one of the newer rooms. This was good - clean and quiet, though a little soul-less - the older rooms are perhaps nicer? Windows in the bathroom that didn't close made it a little cold. Great to have wi-fi and a free to use computer. The hotel is well located for the centre of town, and very close to a fantastic patisserie. The decor is great - collections of all sorts of brass instruments and machines.

The restaurant of course is the highlight, and they were very kind to let us change our half-board single-dish menu (the same for both nights) for something more interesting for no charge. By far the best food in Mada. Mark-ups on bottles of wine are a tad eye-watering though.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

We stayed here twice on our tour of Madagascar. The first night we stayed in a room in the old part of the hotel and the second night was in the newer part. We much preferred the the older roomk - the newer room, whilst more modern and very comfortable was a bit 'corporate' for our taste, though some people might prefer that.

The restaurant is excellent, though on our second visit we were both suffering from 'travellers' tummy' (not picked up here I hasten to say) so unfortunately were not able to take advantage of it.

Room Tip: We preferred the rooms in the older part of the hotel
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

My husband and I stayed at La Varangue for three nights in total. One night when we arrived in Tana and then two nights after doing some touring around the island. Both times we stayed in a suite and they were both lovely. The second one was enormous and very comfortable. The hotel itself is very welcoming and the staff very accommodating. The decor is very interesting as well - so many trinkets collected over obviously many years. But the one real standout for this hotel is the restaurant. We had dinner twice and lunch once here and we can honestly say that the food was as good as you would get in many places in Paris. Service was impeccable from the head waiter to the sommelier. A real surprise. Would highly recommend a stay in the hotel as well as dinner/lunch in the restaurant

Room Tip: Opt for a suite
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Varangue

Address: 17 Rue Printsy Ratsimamanga, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
Region: Madagascar > Antananarivo Province > Antananarivo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Antananarivo
#8 Romantic Hotel in Antananarivo
Price Range: £70 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming guest house in the center of an upscale neighborhood of the capital. Fruit of the marriage of Madagascar and colonial style architecture, this house offers the proximity of the commercial district Antaninarenina.La Veranda is Ambohitsirohitra next to the office of the presidence.Le The Veranda restaurant overlooks a lovely garden. ... more   less 
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