From its prime spot overlooking Lake Anosy, Hotel Carlton — downtown Antananarivo’s only five-star hotel — has been delivering impeccable service for nearly half a century. Settle into your cozy guestroom and savor the complimentary pastries that await you, then relax by one of the largest outdoor pools in town and ask the friendly concierge to arrange an unforgettable day-trip to see Madagascar’s famous ring-tailed lemurs. After sunset, sip cocktails on the stone terrace and dine on French-influenced fare in Île Rouge Restaurant, which buzzes with atmosphere.
- Choose from 171 comfortable guestrooms and spacious suites
- Soak up stunning views of Lake Anosy and the Queen’s Palace
- Play tennis on the clay court and book a session with the professional coach
- Treat yourself to just-baked baguettes and croissants at L’Éclair
- Stay in shape in the gym, fully equipped with Technogym machines
- Try your luck at blackjack or roulette at the hotel's Grand Cercle de Tana Casino
Beyond its numerous accolades — including being the only ISO 9001-certified hotel in the country, guaranteeing the highest standards — Hotel Carlton is unrivaled when it comes to facilities and authentic Malagasy hospitality. Shop for Madagascar’s fabled vanilla in the hotel’s boutiques and enjoy the convenience on an on-site hair and beauty salon, bank, and travel agency.
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Hotel Carlton’s 171 guestrooms and suites are both classic and comfortable, with warm tan and beige tones, dark wood furniture, and large beds with crisp white linen. Marble bathrooms come with deep tubs, while suites have a kitchenette, espresso machine, and dining vouchers to use at the hotel’s restaurants during your stay. Catch up on emails at the writing desk, unwind in front on the TV with 25 international channels to choose from, or — in select rooms — sit by the window and soak up the views of Lake Anosy.
Help yourself to homemade pastries on arrival and enjoy snacks and drinks from the well-stocked mini-bar. If hunger strikes at midnight, you can order from the 24-hour room service menu. Laundry and dry cleaning services are also available.
From Gallic-inspired haute cuisine to burgers by the pool, Hotel Carlton’s lively restaurants are known for delivering memorable experiences. The signature Île Rouge puts a local twist on classic French dishes, while Le Bistrot serves accomplished global favorites. For casual eats, stop by L’Éclair patisserie or the poolside Oasis de Tana.
Île Rouge Restaurant – With an outdoor patio and an open kitchen, the restaurant exudes a casual liveliness. Dine on classic French fare made with local ingredients — try bouillabaisse filled with the day’s catch and medallions of zebu beef with pan-seared foie gras.
Le Bistrot – This casual bistro is light-filled during the daytime and softly luminous at night, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool. By day, dine on sushi, charcuterie, salads, and tapas. After dark, order steak frites followed by crème brûlée made with Madagascar vanilla.
L’Éclair – Start the day on a sweet note, enjoy a light lunch, or savor a late-afternoon treat at this popular patisserie with an outdoor terrace. Linger over a mouth-watering selection of pastries, cakes, sandwiches, baguettes, and ice cream.
Oasis de Tana – On the stone terrace by the pool, bamboo blinds separate wooden tables into cozy nooks for an alfresco lunch or dinner. Order fresh smoothies, fruity cocktails, and ice-cold beers from the thatched-roof bar and savor fresh salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, and wood-fired pizzas.
Daytime activities revolve around the large outdoor pool, so recline on a sun lounger and work on your tan, swim some laps, or splash around with the kids in the wading pool. Work out in the gym or perfect your backhand during a session with the resident tennis coach. Stop by the salon for a blow-dry or manicure, then head to the casino for a game of blackjack or poker and hit the dancefloor in the hotel’s own nightclub.
Out in Antananarivo, head to the Rova (hill fort) atop the Haute-Ville for fabulous views of the city’s jagged hills and pastel-hued houses. Visit the Musée Andafiavaratra to learn about the kings and queens who ruled over Madagascar in the 19th century and stop by the historic Queen’s Palace. If spotting lemurs ranks high on your must-do list, head to Lemurs' Park, a tranquil private reserve that is around a 45-minute drive from the hotel. It is home to nine species of Madagascar’s famous primate.
In the south of Antananarivo, or simply “Tana” to the locals, Hotel Carlton has stunning views of Lake Anosy and its iconic statue of a golden angel commemorating the First World War. In the heart of the government district, the hotel is around 10 minutes by taxi to both the modern city center and the historic Haute-Ville, with its steep streets, beautiful colonial buildings, and historic Rova area.
Ivato International Airport is 11 mi / 18 km from the hotel.