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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 June 2011

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Room Tip: Upstairs rooms overlooking rear lawn are best.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

The Victoria Falls Hotel is more than 100 years old and we felt this. The hotel is located in front of the bridge in front of the water falls that we can't see. However our room was not facing this but was in the back facing the "patio interior" and this means it was very cold (yes in winter time it's could). The breakfast outside the main building was good but also very cold in the morning. The terrace was good well located and the best place to have the high tea and the lunch. So for me the hotel is very nice outside but not so confortable inside. The staff was kind.As advise don´t go to see the Victoria Water Falls in June, too much water to much spray you don´t see anything.wait for July / August

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

This must be the best hotel around the Falls. The first glimpse of the bridge as you enter the lounge area is gasp-worthy. Guests are treated with the utmost care. Peppermint-scented cloths and lemonade upon arrival. Fabulous colonial details all over, from architecture, room furnishings, staff clothing, even the food and drinks (do have a jug of Pimms next to the pool). Dinner/breakfast at the Jungle Junction another highlight, from here you have a great view of the spray from the falls. Plus there's a private exit/entrance to the falls from the hotel, it's no more than 10 min walk to the Falls' main entrance.
Complaint: airconditioner in room was rather old, and loud.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms seemed bigger than others
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  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

Our group was very spoiled in terms of bedrooms and baths, having stayed at Orient Express camps in Botswana. True, the rooms here are quirky and it was impossible to know how they were assigned as the newer ones in the stable wing seems to be better but some were really quite depressing. We all seemed to get something different. I felt it was worth a nice tip to find another room and we did get one that was facing the bridge/falls and was quite pleasant - The hotel is so absolutely wonderful; so filled with history and charm, that I do think it was worth it to stay here for three nights. Dining on the terrace was lovely, the breakfast buffet was excellent in every way, and high tea was super. We loved the elephant back safari so don't miss that, and the helicopter over the falls is also a must. The Boma dinner at another hotel is rather hokey, I would skip that - there are many nice places to dine including the Palm. Have a drink in Stanley's Bar and think of who was there before you years ago.

Room Tip: Ask to see others and give a nice tip.
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  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

The views from the hotel of the bridge and canyons are quite amazing. Our room, the main patio and the gardens all overlooked a pretty amazing scene. We came here just for a night to see the falls - this place seems like the nicest and most convenient to the falls. The Zimbabwean side has the better views and this hotel is the highest class with a view of the fall. It also lies on a walking trail that brings you to the park in 10-15 minutes. There is wildlife along the path (buffalo, wart hog and elephant) which can be a little disconcerting but we thought it was pretty cool. The room hadn't been touched since the 1970s and is a real time capsule. It was clean but the furniture, linens, bathroom are all falling apart. The air conditioner was the noisiest piece of machinery I've ever tried to sleep next to and when it was on, it would cause condensation to form on the windows totally obscuring the view. The hotel overall is in a general state of very slow decay which is sad given someone should spend the time and money to restore a place like this. The service definitely tries pretty hard. We had afternoon tea and dinner on the patio and we found it to be surprisingly good. The ingredients are good quality - we were surprised given you constantly hear about all the disfunction caused by Mugabe. The hotel arranged transfers to / from the Zambian airport which were handled extremely efficiently. The border crossing on the bridge was pretty cool. We didn't walk into town but did venture out to the barclays bank and found it to be very safe. The place is overwhelmed with tourist police (including on that path from the hotel to the park) and we were not approached by any street vendors. The falls are truly amazing - wish someone could help restore this poor hotel to 5 star status.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

This is really the most amazing hotel location in the world! We stayed at the Victoria Falls Hotel for two nights with a group travelling Botswana & Vistoria Falls, and can honestly say its like going back in time to a more relaxed, not stressed world. Everything works like a charm, and you really feel very special staying at this hotel. Lovely rooms, fantastic, understaed, professional service. I really cannot stop thinking of ways to tell everyone what a great experience this was. Mouth watering breakfasts , complete with a choice of Champagne, lovely light lunches on the terrace, scrumptious High Tea, and a fantastic array of choices at dinner. Bygone Colonial living at its best. Even the early morning room service with coffee or tea and rusks are wonderfull experience in it self! HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

We spent 2 nights here and it was one of the highlights of our African Holiday. We had a ground floor, falls facing room that had been refurbished keeping the style as it was originally.Service was great, the High tea was wonderfull and staff helpful & friendly. The grounds are immaculate as is the hotel building.

Room Tip: A falls facing room if possible. Enjoy High Tea
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls PO Box 10, Zimbabwe
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Region: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Victoria Falls
#3 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#6 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
#7 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range: £297 - £431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Victoria Falls Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For more than a century, The Victoria Falls Hotel has been the address of choice for Royal Families, statesmen, celebrities and discerning travellers as it occupies a fine location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa. From the thundering Victoria Falls at its threshold, to the big 5 that roam freely less than 5kms away, the “Grande Dame” provides an experience like no other. Less than a ten minute walk away from the Victoria Falls Rainforest, this is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique.The Victoria Falls Hotel’s grand Edwardian architecture evokes the spirit of a bygone era. The courtyard and entrance completed in 1915, with flowering shrubs, palms and stately mango trees picturesquely reflected in the water lily ponds. The chic elegance of the marble floored reception area sets the tone for the style and sophistication synonymous with The Victoria Falls Hotel. Many a guest has marveled at the magnificent views seen from The Victoria Falls Hotel and the experience begins with the sun rising beneath the mist of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Combining old-fashioned, traditional elegance with warm and welcoming decor, the main lounge provides a perfect backdrop for relaxing with friends, whilst the Bulawayo Room offers serenity and seclusion in surroundings of exceptional comfort and luxury. There’s a well-appointed curio shop specializing in colonial memorabilia. The Palm Lounge, bright and cool, is a quiet and secluded corner in which to relax, read or write. Throughout its many corridors and alcoves, the hotel’s long and fascinating history is depicted through photographs, posters and artistic impressions, reflecting the past glories of the empire. The quaint Chapel, built in 1929, has been the venue of many weddings and The Victoria Falls Hotel remains a favourite destination for honeymooners from around the world. Echoing its glorious past, The Victoria Falls Hotel’s traditional rooms and suites are truly a 5 star experience. Style and sophistication are trademarks of the hotel’s executive suites, which are luxuriously appointed with decor being warm, inviting and rich with tradition. Deluxe guest rooms are spacious, well-appointed and furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an "out of Africa" feel. All rooms are air-conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television, direct dial telephone and a personal safe. Cast-iron, roll-top bath tubs in the stables wing rooms and suites turn the bathroom into a haven of sumptuous relaxation. All three restaurants have ideal locations, making dining around the hotel a memorable experience. Lavish buffets at the casual Jungle Junction restaurant are but one of the many choices for breakfast and dinner. Stanley’s Terrace is an excellent option for light meals throughout the day and is an absolute must for the infamous High Tea served every afternoon, with spectacular views of The Victoria Falls Bridge and the Falls themselves. Later, enjoy the hotel’s legendary cocktails or a gin and tonic in Stanley’s Bar while listening to the roar of the mighty Falls. Evening dining at the open-air jungle Junction restaurant offers an unforgettable experience with a fusion of flavours of Africa. Entertainment from ethnic groups epitomises the spirit of Africa; Jungle Junction is the ideal venue for incentive groups. Enjoy dinner and dancing in the elegant, Edwardian Livingstone Room, with classic a la carte and table d’hote menus. Whilst the Livingstone Room reflects the century old hotel’s style of grandeur and opulence, the dress code has been slightly relaxed for the convenience of the guest and it is no longer essential for gentlemen to wear jacket and tie for dinner. A fine selection of wines and liqueurs are available to complement the chef’s wonderfully innovative creations. Cool off and enjoy the splendour of the glorious colonial swimming pool set amongst the beautiful landscaped gardens, overlooking the famous Victoria Falls Bridge with the Batoka Gorge below. Massage treatments are available in the airy gazebos located around the poolside or in the tranquility of the hotel’s gardens. The Pullman Suite and the Centenary Room are well-appointed with exquisite antique furnishing, adding a new dimension of sophistication to conferencing. Suitable for meetings of between 8 and 40 people, conference packages (including spouses’ programs) are available. The Victoria Falls are approximately 1,690 metres wide with an estimated 550 million litres of water per minute cascading over a 111 metre chasm. It must be highlighted that Zimbabwe has 16 out of the 19 prime viewing spots and is where you will find the "untamed" Victoria Falls Rainforest with its many winding pathways and trails. In 1855 David Livingstone, arguably the first European to see the awesome Falls, remarked "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." The Victoria Falls have been declared a World Heritage Site and enjoy special conservation status. ... more   less 
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