My wife was born in Zimbabwe so we tend to get there and phone round as a local to get hotel rates.
We ended up paying $160 a night for a twin room. Other hotels in the area wanted $260 a night.
So it is fair to say we were not expecting 5 star luxury.
But come on guys, if you have a safe in the rooms, replace the battery now and then so that they work.
On the plus side the air con was such a relief from the heat.
The chicken salad at lunch was superb, especially if accompanied with a Golden Pilsner.
X-Mass dinner was a carvery and served turkey and gammon, vegetables and rice. It really was very nice but did lack roast potatoes. There was tonnes of salad and a huge selection of puddings. But sadly, not a roast potato in sight.
But that was solved the next morning when I had minced beef and roast potatoes for breakfast. I have to confess that I really did quite enjoy it, in fact it was lovely.
The swimming pool was clean and very well used.
The decoder for the telly was also out of action so really only left one channel, Nat Geo Wild.
So, all in all if I was paying $160 a night then I would stay here again but please spend some money on maintenance.
The staff make the stay worth while, but do haggle for a deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique property of Moorish architecture conveniently located near town and 2km from the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel offers a spectacular view of the rumbling mist, mosi-oa-tunya, meaning "the smoke that thunders". Enjoy a cocktail at the only Swim and Sip bar in town and efficient and friendly service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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