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“This is the place to be in Tana”
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La Varangue
Ranked #5 of 59 Hotels in Antananarivo
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 hotel reviews
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“This is the place to be in Tana”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

My husband and I stayed in this hotel as part of a tour package deal, so we did not choose the hotel. That being said, we found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The premises were beautiful, and the food in the restaurant was good but expensive (and fancy, as my husband says). However, we were less than pleased with our first room. It was in the basement, and it was very cold. The heater did not work, so the front desk staff brought us a space heater, which did not work much better. I was miserably cold that night (this was in June). Also, the hotel was fully occupied, and there was only a room with a double bed available. The bed was too small for us. My husband is 6'6" tall (and I'm 5'10"), so his feet hung off the bed, and he could not get comfortable. When we travel in foreign countries, we usually get rooms with two twins if there are no queen or kings available, because a double bed is just too small for two very tall people. At any rate, we made it through the first night and left the following morning for a week-long tour of Madagascar. We left our large pieces of luggage with the hotel staff, and they watched over it for us while we were gone.

When we returned to the hotel at the end of our trip, I was dreading my stay. At that point I was tired of being cold at night, and I was not looking forward to another very uncomfortable, restless night. To our pleasant surprise, the hotel staff remembered our 1st night and upgraded us to a one bedroom king suite. It was gorgeous!! They had already placed space heaters in the rooms and had the bedroom toasty when we arrived. We thought that was a very generous gesture, and we were very appreciative.

Room Tip: The one bedroom suite was very nice. Basement room was very cold during the winter nights.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

I moved from the Hotel Corbert to La Varangue because I felt that Hotel Corbert’s rooms were dusty and dark.

When checking in, the staff at La Varangue were really helpful. The room was not as large as the Hotel Corbert but was clean, comfortable and of a higher standard. The gardens were beautiful and staff very accommodating. Water pressure was strong and had constant hot water. There was also free WiFi anywhere in the hotel.

Breakfast was also very good. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Connecticut, USA
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

My 18-year old son and I spent our first night in Madagascar at La Varangue, and it was a wonderful welcome to the country. The entire hotel, including lobby, bar and restaurant, are filled with antiques and other quirky artifacts. Our room was on the first floor, directly at the top of the staircase, and it had a pleasant view. My only issue with the room was the lack of a mosquito net for the smaller bed in the room. We had perhaps our best dinner during our Madagascar stay at the restaurant. La Varangue is a great way to start or end your stay in this amazing country.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

We spent our last night in Tana at La Varangue, and it was a great move. After 2 weeks of travelling, we were delighted to find this hotel was full of charm and quirkiness and different to any other hotel we stayed in. The restaurant is really excellent, the Chef is amazing and their wine list was also some of the best we'd seen so far. The hotel is eclectic and more like a museum of curios and antiques. Its been carefully thought through and the displays of La Parisien colonial magazine covers in the bar chart the milestones in the struggle the French had to occupy Madagascar - they are fascinating to look at. The location is tucked away next to the beautiful presidential palace and well worth a lovely walk around (in daylight of course!) A great place to stay in Tana.

Room Tip: The room up the stairs on the right over looking the front entrance is nice, as you can see the clas...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

We spent several nights at Varangue Hotel and we thought it was excellant. The rooms were very clean and modern, the staff helpful and friendly, and the restaurant outstanding. As a matter of fact, one of our dinners there would be among the best we have had in any country. Strong recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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london
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

This place is full of character as soon as you walk in. Loads of antiques everywhere and a nice colonial feel. Restaurant is excellent.
Stayed in various rooms. The suite is amazing for the sheer amount of space, the only downside being there's no mosquito net for some reason!? Other rooms have them and you need them.

Room Tip: They're all different but we liked #22. The suite is pretty amazing for the sheer amount of spac...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oxford
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

This is an amazing little hotel in the centre of Antananarivo. Friendly and welcoming with a great menu and chef in their quaint restaurant. The owner is clearly a collector, for around the hotel are displays of binoculars, cameras, lamps, telephones from another era, largely brass and hanging from the walls. Rooms are clean and appropriately decorated, in fact on our return to stay on our last night we were given a suite consisting of three rooms and an enormous bathroom. We discovered that the chef had been identified by some awarding authority as one of the five best in the world, which explained the need to book a table and why the restaurant was full each night. Five minutes away is the plush Colbert Hotel which has a great coffee bar where you can buy delicious ice-cream sundaes and great sweet and savoury pastries for lunch or tea. So, well worth staying at this characterful hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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