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La Varangue
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All reviewspresidential palaceantique carsstayed hereone nighthighly recommend the restaurantnearby hotelgreat restaurantchocolate croissantold colonialflat screen tvboutique hotelexcellent hotelthree nightslanternscolbertbeamspans
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Quality accommodation in Tana is a rare thing, and this is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch. Located next to the president's palace at the top of town, it's a beautifully decorated and highly appointed place and the restaurant reputedly one of the best in town.

Service was friendly, though the reception staff struggled with English. Wait staff spoke excellent English. Food was outstanding. My wife and I had the honeymoon suite and although it was absolutely amazing, my only gripe was that for some strange reason, they decided to place an extension of the restaurant, that seemed like a private dining room, on top of the suite. That meant that you had a lot of noise disturbance including hearing the voices of diners, clatter of cutlery and scraping of chairs until about 11pm. It was a negative in what was otherwise an amazing stay. Windows were well insulated so there was no street noise. A sound-proofed room door would probably help the noise issue. Noise comes in through this door and on at least two occasions we also heard the noisy passions of the guests next door! A nice noise compared to traffic perhaps, but indicative of the need for better sound insulation!

Our friend had another beautiful suite to the right hand side of the hotel away from the main building. We actually would have preferred this one and he had a much quieter stay there despite the lack of air-conditioning in the room.

All in all, I highly recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

We stayed here on a couple of occasions when we were in Tana (including on our first night, a great start to the trip!) and found the hotel excellent both times. As others have mentioned, it's full of amazing and quirky collections of old objects and has real character. We had different rooms on both occasions and both were comfortable and quiet, and breakfast was amazing. We were due to have spent more time here, and have dinner at the restaurant (which is meant to be fantastic), but due to the vagaries of the MadAir flight schedules we ended up arriving in the middle of the night and leaving first thing on each visit, which was a shame as it would have been nice to stay longer and properly appreciate. The staff were hugely helpful - we were particularly grateful that they opened the kitchen to make sandwiches for us when we arrived at 11pm after a flight delay.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tori010
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

An oasis in Tana! The perfect hotel to escape the chaos that is Tana. The hotel is nesseled beside the Presidential Palace, is only minutes walk to the main street and shopping areas. Being located in a narrow side street against the walls of the palace may seem a negative, but it creates a perfect quite escape from Tana's daily life. The hotel has an old and refurbished section, and over the coarse of two-three weeks we stayed in both, during 4 separate stays while travelling (driving/flying) around Madagascar. Ask for the refurbised rooms if you can, though the older rooms were still well appointed and had colonial charm. The reception/bar is cosy, with many local rums on offer.

The Restaurant, which I'll review separately, it also one of the best in Tana which should not be missed!

If staying in Tana, make sure you spend at least one night at La Varangue.....

Room Tip: Choose a refurbished room if you can, or at least a room with a balcony to be able to feel the local streets a little.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank DaTW
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

This hotel is simply charming! The owner is evidently a fan of collecting antiques and every corner is covered with antique objects (cameras, oil lamps, and gramophones are just a few. He also has an impressive antique car collection up front). The hotel is located near the presidential palace. The service at the hotel was excellent (they helped us get reliable drivers and confirm our internal Madagascar flights).
We had the opportunity to stay at two different rooms at this hotel and they were both comfortable. One of them was so large I believe it was larger than my first apartment! Not all rooms have air conditioners, but the ones that do not are equipped with mosquito nets and fans which made it perfectly comfortable to sleep.

The restaurant is a must. Reasonably priced, it offers really great dishes and a great selection of wines and beer. We could tell that it was a favorite of locals as well. We almost forewent dessert, but changed our minds last minute and ordered the “explosion”. It was a hollow chocolate ball filled with apple tapenade and ice cream and at the table they would pour hot chocolate on the hollow ball until it “exploded”. Delicious!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alliejay76
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

My wife and I stayed at the hotel on two occasions during our two and a bit weeks in Madagascar. The staff were very accommodating and kept our bags for us when we went off for a week. They even gave us a room to get ready for the airport when we returned. As it was off season we were given an upgrade to our rooms which were amazing very large and with every amenity. We ate twice in the restaurant and the food was fantastic and very good value compared to European prices. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank macmorag
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