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Victoria Falls Hotel

At a Glance

    Pros

  • one of the very best views of the Falls—it does not come closer than this

    Cons

  • hotel is slightly run down following the Zimbabwean political crises

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Victoria Falls Hotel Review

Hotels come and go, but this landmark built in 1904 has retained its former glory as a distant, stylish outpost in empire days, while pandering to today's modern tastes, needs and wants. Such grandeur can be a little overwhelming, and especially surprising if you've just been on safari. The hotel's manicured lawns have sweeping views of the bridge and gorge, and soothing sounds permeate the gardens (and the rooms if you leave the windows open). Cool cream walls form the backdrop for elegant mahogany and wicker furniture. In the bathroom an old-fashioned drench shower will wash away the most stubborn African dust. Halls are filled with sepia-tone photos from throughout the hotel's history and animal trophies so old they are going bald. After checking your e-mail in the E-Lounge and visiting the salon, you can dine and dance at the elegant Livingstone Room ($$$$). Two far less formal restaurants include the Terrace ($–$$), with an à la carte menu, daily high tea, and a beautiful view of the bridge; and Jungle Junction (US$35), which has a huge barbecue buffet and traditional dancers.

    Hotel Details

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

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    Fantastic Service and a Wonderful Location

    20 minutes by road you come upon the small, tourism driven, town of Victoria Falls. As it was not peak season it was quiet… We drove past The Kingdom Hotel and Casino (on the location of the former Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino way back in the day), and arrived at the Victoria Falls Hotel. The entryway to the hotel is beautiful; the colonial architecture evoking days past. I knew about the recent political turmoil in Zimbabwe but felt completely comfortable. I walked into the hotel and was immediately greeted and handed a glass of fresh juice. A porter took my bags and I proceeded to check in. I walked through the hotel and marveled at the décor - beautiful but a bit tired. When people ask how I would rate this hotel I say 4 star in US terms but 5 star in Zimbabwe terms. I continued towards the back of the hotel and the view was amazing -sweeping lawns in the foreground, and in the background, the bridge that passes between Zimbabwe and Zambia near the Falls. The mist from the Falls themselves rose high in the sky - breathtaking. I continued to explore the hotel before making my way to my deluxe Stable wing room. I opened the door and was delighted. The room was spacious, elegant and looked comfortable. As you walk into the room there is a safe on your right and beyond a coffee and tea station. To my left the bathroom with a large shower and a separate claw footed tub. On the far side of the room the windows afforded views of the lawns and stately trees. It’s important to note that you must close your windows when you are not in your room. I spied a troop of baboons entering several second floor rooms – I can only imagine the mess they left behind. As evidence the lawn below was littered with clothing. Back in the room there was a nice television - perfect for catching up on news from back home. The bed was large and comfortable, and so were the pillows. Some of the nicest bedding I had experienced on this trip. In the main building you have the stately Livingstone Dining room (the jacket and tie requirement has been relaxed after many years), several reading rooms, a small bar (which will be enlarged later this year) and the verandah where you may enjoy the hotel’s famous afternoon tea (with the spray of Falls visible). Across the expansive lawns from the main buildings you find the pool and open air restaurant where their fantastic breakfast is served. There are tennis courts and a walking path that takes you 10 minutes to the Falls themselves (although I would recommend a guided tour of the Falls as your guide can keep the hawkers at bay). Overall my experience at Victoria Falls Hotel was great. The room was large and comfortable, the service was stellar, and the food fantastic. Let me not forget one the biggest pluses - the hotel’s proximity to the falls. In fact it is the closest hotel to the Fall’s on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River.

    by Safari_Tim, 5/9/13

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