Madagascar. – My last night in Madagascar was spent in Antananarivo’s old town atop the Red Hill, at Hotel Le Pavillon De E’myrne. Very near to the Japanese embassy, a collection of art galleries and walking distance to KuDeTa Restaurant – said to be one of the best in the capital, and where I had dinner.

Built in the 1930’s and beautifully restored, this is a charming 13 rooms guesthouse which maintains an element of history with its beautiful art, antique furniture and French colonial ambiance. Much attention to detail and charming personal service.

I arrived in time for the complimentary high tea and sat in the gardens to enjoy it, relaxing after a long day on the road. My room was on the top floor, very comfortable with all the amenities and free wi-fi. Through the windows a view towards the city that dances in the evening light.

FYI: I spent my first night in Tana at Hotel Pallisandre, which is more modern with views across the market and just off the main road. Both are wonderful, but location wise, if you’d like to walk to attractions from the hotel, the Pallisandre may be better located.

Travellers Note: I mostly travel alone and I was alone in Antananarivo, dropped there by my guide for the night. With some time to walk the both Hotel’s surrounds, I was warned not to take any valuables with me, not even a camera, as there is a problem with petty crime and pickpockets. I paid heed. Taking myself to the streets, I carried nothing but some local currency in a front pocket. I was fine, but I do feel it is worth mentioning. Its always good to check with reception on arrival.

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