Antanarivo & Ambohimanga

Antanarivo & Ambohimanga, photo by Robin Taylor
Antanarivo & Ambohimanga (photo by Robin Taylor)
 

Antananarivo (also known as Tana) is the capital, largest city, and cultural and economic center of Madagascar.

The city is located 4,199 ft (1,280 m) above sea level, in the west-center region of the island.

The city spreads out around a trio of ridges that intersect at their highest point. Built at the summit of these hills, the Manjakamiadana royal palace is visible from every part of the city and the other major hills that ring the capital.

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 16 miles (26 km) north of Antananarivo, consisting of a royal city and burial site, as well s a collection sacred places.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   World Heritage Site
   Lonely Planet

 

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Maison des Cotonniers

Maison des Cotonniers is situated in Antananarivo, 17 km from Royal Hill of Ambohimanga. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$47

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TANA-JACARANDA

Offering a sun terrace and views of the city, TANA-JACARANDA is located in Antananarivo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$8

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Azalée Hotel Restaurant

Situated in Ampitatafika, Azalée Hotel Restaurant offers accommodation within the Antananarivo province. The property features free WiFi and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$13

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The Citizen

Offering a terrace and views of the mountain, The Citizen is set in Antananarivo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain units feature views of the lake or city. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$77

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Aina Hotel

Centrally located in Antanarivo, Aina Hotel offers rooms and studios with a private bathroom. The hotel also has a concierge service and 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$23

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See all hotels in Antanarivo & Ambohimanga.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Studio Tananarive

Studio Tananarive

Studio Tananarive is situated in Antananarivo, 700 metres from Reine Palais. Le Palais de la Reine (The Queens Palace) is 800 metres from the property. Free WiFi is featured . All units feature a TV. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27

$27-
Radama Hotel

Radama Hotel

Set in the city centre of Antananarivo, this 3-star hotel offers a bar with entertainment in the evening and provides an airport shuttle. It is 3 km from Tsimbazaza Zoo. Guest rooms are decorated in a typical Malagasy style. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$29

$29-
Hôtel Restaurant La Ribaudière

Hôtel Restaurant La Ribaudière

The Hôtel la Ribaudière is located in the heart of Antananarivo, next to the Chamber of Commerce. It features massage treatments, an à la carte restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30 - $42

$30-
Rova Hotel

Rova Hotel

Situated 600 metres from the Presidential Palace in Antananarivo, Rova Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room has a TV. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the lake or garden. Every room comes with a private... Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Le Relais de la Haute Ville

Le Relais de la Haute Ville

Offering a restaurant and a terrace with magnificent views of Antananarivo, Le Relais de la Haute features a 24-hour front desk, meeting facilities and a concierge. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Hotel Sakamanga

Hotel Sakamanga

Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, Hotel Sakamanga offers accommodation in central Antananarivo, 2 km from Lake Anosy. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Hotel de L'Avenue - Tana City Centre

Hotel de L'Avenue - Tana City Centre

Located in the heart of Antananarivo, opposite Hotel de Ville, L'Avenue - Tana City Centre offers well-equipped rooms and suites and a restaurant. Analakely Market is a 5-minutes’ walk away. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Guest Appartement Harisoa

Guest Appartement Harisoa

Guest Appartement Harisoa is located 10 minutes' walk from Antananarivo Station. It offers self-catering accommodation with balcony and city views. The accommodation will provide you with satellite TV, kitchen facilities and a bathroom with shower. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Maison d'Hôtes Mandrosoa

Maison d'Hôtes Mandrosoa

Maison d'Hôtes Mandrosoa is situated in Antananarivo, 2.2 km from Tsimbazaza Zoo. Certain rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Certain units feature views of the pool or garden. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
La Résidence d'Ankerana

La Résidence d'Ankerana

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and spa centre, La Résidence d'Ankerana is located in Antananarivo, 2.5 km from Swimming Pool. The hotel has a children's playground and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Les 3 Métis

Les 3 Métis

This guest house is situated 750 metres from Antananarivo Train Station. It offers 24-hour reception and accommodation with a private bathroom, minibar and free WiFi access. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$36 - $56

$36-
La Residence Du Rova

La Residence Du Rova

Located in Tananarive's historic Ambohijatovo district, this hotel is just 10 minutes' walk from the town centre. It offers a garden with a terrace overlooking the city and contemporary accommodation with a balcony. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$37 - $632

$37-
Hotel De France

Hotel De France

Conveniently located in the city centre of Antananarivo, Hotel De France offers en-suite rooms and a 24-hour front desk. The hotel is a 4-minutes’ walk from Analakely Market. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$37

$37-
Central Hotel Tana

Central Hotel Tana

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Central Hotel Tana offers pet-friendly accommodation in Antananarivo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$41

$41-
Maison des Cotonniers

Maison des Cotonniers

Maison des Cotonniers is situated in Antananarivo, 17 km from Royal Hill of Ambohimanga. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$47

$47-
Ambatoroka

Ambatoroka

Located in Antananarivo, 400 metres from Galaxy, Ambatoroka boasts a terrace and views of the mountain. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

$48-
Belvedere Hotel

Belvedere Hotel

3.4 km from Tsimbazaza Zoo, Belvedere Hotel offers accommodation in Antananarivo. The property offers free WiFi within the public areas and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$49

$49-

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
The World Heritage Sites inscription of Ambohimanga: “The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga consists of a royal city and burial site, and an ensemble of sacred places. It is associated with strong feelings of national identity, and has maintained its spiritual and sacred character both in ritual practice and the popular imagination for the past 500 years. It remains a place of worship to which pilgrims come from Madagascar and elsewhere.”

Although a much larger city, Antananarivo possesses numerous monuments and historic buildings. The nearby Andafiavaratra Palace was the home of 19th century Prime Minister Rainilaiarivony and currently contains a museum featuring historic artifacts of the Kingdom of Imerina. Other historic buildings include the Ambatondrafandrana tribunal where Ranavalona I dispensed judgement, the second residence of Rainilaiarivony with its indigenous medicinal plant garden, and others.
Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Distinctive Trano Gasy Architecture

Nineteenth century trano gasy houses predominate in the historic haute ville. Prior to the mid-19th century, all houses and marketplaces in Antananarivo, like elsewhere throughout the island, were constructed of woods, grasses, reeds and other plant-based materials, viewed as appropriate for structures used by the living. British missionaries introduced the technique of brick making in the 1820s, but it was not until the royal edict on construction material was lifted in the 1860s that stone was used to encase the royal palace.

This example, in combination with the brick two-story houses with wrapped verandas and divided interior spaces built by British missionaries residing in Antananarivo, inspired many aristocrats to copy the British model for their own large homes in the haute ville. The model, known as trano gasy ("Malagasy house"), rapidly spread throughout the central highlands of Madagascar where it remains the predominant house construction style.
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Unusual Local Feature
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