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The Royal Livingstone

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Location, location, location
  • the level of service here is definitely that of a five-star international hotel
  • rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, and fantastic snacks
  • there is direct access to the Falls via a resort gate that opens onto the eastern cataract

    Cons

  • volume of people can lead to problems, omissions, and errors, with service standards struggling to match the high costs
  • if you're traveling from other intimate safari properties, this big hotel might feel very impersonal

The Royal Livingstone Review

This high-volume, high-end hotel has an incredibly gorgeous sundowner deck, arguably on the best spot on the river, just upstream from the Falls. The attractive colonial safari-style buildings recall a bygone era of elegance and splendor. Set amid sweeping green lawns and big trees, the Royal boasts some fantastic views, although passing guest traffic makes for a lack of real privacy. The decor of the 17 residences, each with approximately 10 guest rooms, as well as the public rooms is deliberately colonial and ostentatious. Food is beautifully prepared ($$$–$$$$) from a blend of fresh local and exotic imported ingredients. The Royal contributes to a truly noteworthy number of local charities and environmental efforts. This resort is tremendously popular and can be extremely busy, especially during peak times, but the staff is always friendly and helpful. Each room has a dedicated butler to take care of the individual needs of every guest. Vervet monkeys are an entertaining nuisance, so hang on to your expensive cocktail.

    Hotel Details

  • 173 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 10-06-2012

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