Madagascar hotels are increasingly prepared for the growing number of tourists who are now flocking to the country for its unique opportunities for ecotourism. Most travelers will not spend much time in the capital city of Antananarivo, and for most people it will serve simply as the main hub for international flights and the base of departure for many tours. Nevertheless, there are many good choices for Madagascar accommodation in Antananarivo with many small hotels providing intimate service, clean rooms, and excellent food. The Hotel Royal Palissandre is a good three-star option. The reasonably priced rooms are brightly lit and clean, and guests highly recommend the food served in the French restaurant. There is a hotel spa where guests can get massages and other spa treatments, making this hotel in Antananarivo great for young couples or even honeymooners. The terrace offers a great view of the city, and the hotel is conveniently located close to the center of town, next to the Embassy district.
An excellent value-for-money choice of a hotel in Antananarivo is the unbelievably well priced Hotel Niaouly. Travelers rave about the friendly and warm service they received from the hosts at this budget hotel, which boasts clean rooms almost worthy of a European apartment, hot water, private bathrooms, and delicious food served at their in-house restaurant. Guests also rave about the selection of Madagascar rums available to taste. The hotel offers a chauffeur service for pick-up or drop-off at the airport, and it is located in a quiet and safe area of town with a beautiful panoramic view of the city from the hotel terrace. Although located slightly apart from the busy center of the city, the hosts at this little gem of a hotel are incredibly helpful at arranging transportation to and from tourist attractions. This charming hotel in Antananarivo is also situated near to the Queen's palace.
If you are headed towards Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a good place to find some good Madagascar hotels is the town of Morondava south of the Park. Morondava is the best place to rest before and after your trek in the park. One of the most highly rated hotels in Morondava is Chez Maggie (pictured), a bungalow complex located right on the beach in the town. The bungalows are clean, many are newly built, and the complex is nicely landscaped with gardens and a pool. The restaurant is the crowning touch—it serves excellent meals, predominantly fresh seafood, with large portions. Just a fifteen-minute walk from the center of town, Chez Maggie is an excellent option for Madagascar accommodation and a good base from which to arrange trips to Tsingy de Bemaraha or to the gigantic baobab trees at Avenue des Baobabs. You will find good lodges and camps available at or near most of the other national parks in the country.
If relaxing in a beach resort is more your thing, you may consider staying at the tourist center of Nosy Be. Here, the Amarina Hotel Nosy Be may be one of the first options you consider. Located on a beautiful postcard-worthy beach, the four-star Amarina Hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in Madagascar the country offering personalized service and beautiful amenities. The rooms are spacious with well-appointed bathrooms, many of the rooms have a view of the beach and the ocean, and many rooms have terraces overlooking the ocean view. The Amarina Hotel is an especially popular choice of Madagascar accommodation among European travelers, and despite being a four-star hotel is quite reasonably priced. The beautiful gardens and excellent restaurant are the finishing touch.
Travelers will likely find that Madagascar hotels are very tourist-friendly, with polite and welcoming hosts who will go out of their way to help you. As with any traveling, keep an eye on your valuables, and you will have no trouble enjoying a delightful vacation in this beautiful and unique country.