Central Madagascar

La Varangue

La Varangue

A boutique hotel in the historical heart of Madagascar’s fascinatingly shabby-chic capital Antananarivo (also abbreviated as Tana), La Varangue is one of a kind. A leafy oasis set amongst the bustle of the city, which manages to balance kitsch with effortless laid-back charm.

Overview

Said to be Antananarivo’s first boutique hotel, La Varangue is an old converted family home that consists of a shared area and 15 sleeping rooms. The shared area includes an increasingly famous restaurant, a bar, garden, and terrace. Its walls and shelves abound with an eclectic array of historical objects, from clocks to candelabras, saxophones to sewing machines, while out front, a series of vintage cars greet guests on entry. Many of the hotel’s rooms look onto the garden, with either a balcony or direct access to the grounds. WiFi is available throughout.

Food & service

La Varangue’s restaurant enjoys an excellent stand-alone reputation for fine dining, fusing international favourites with traditional Malagasy flavours. Produce is locally sourced, seasonal and organic. Service both in the restaurant and the wider hotel is enthusiastic, warm, and friendly. The terrace overlooks a verdant courtyard where tortoises roam freely.

Rooms

In contrast to its shared spaces, the rooms – Superior, Luxury, Junior, Senior, and Loft – at La Varangue are more sedate in character. Most have a contemporary classic feel, while others have a strong modern aesthetic. The four Superior rooms and six Luxury rooms each have a double bed, desk, and wardrobe. The Junior suite has all these features plus a sofa bed suitable for children. The Senior room comes with a dedicated office space, while the Loft Suite enjoys a kitchenette and living room. All have en suites, large-screen TV and mini-bar.

Activities

Antananarivo is steeped in history, having been founded as the seat of the Kingdom of Imerina in the 17th century. This dynasty’s spectacular royal palace complex, the Rova of Antananarivo, is an absolute must during a stay in the city. Just outside the city, visitors can explore the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga – Madagascar’s spiritual capital with UNESCO World Heritage status. Much of Tana’s architecture has been influenced by its French colonial era, giving the city a charming ambience best soaked up through circuitous strolls and leisurely meals at any number of its excellent eateries.

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