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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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Essenbach
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“One of the best places on this planet”
Reviewed 25 October 2012

This was our 4th stay at the hotel.
For us it is still one of the nicest places on earth.
You are not being reminded for a second that this is Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries of the world run down by (you certainly know the name).
The rooms, the service, the food, the staff.... Everything is excellent. You get the feeling, that everything has been prepared just for you.
The hotel has a wonderful history. Take the time and read about it or have a look at the old photos and paintings on the walls.
The hotel offers wonderful breakfasts and dinners (both buffets at the "Jungle junction restaurant).You can also eat a la carte or enjoy high tea at the wonderful terrace which offers great views over the hotel grounds and the famous falls in the distance. The nearby Victoria Falls Bridge which crosses the Zambezi River and connects Zimbabwe and Zambia completes this outstanding scenary.
Last but not least dinner in the Livingstone Restaurant is a must. Another place where you meet history. Please follow the rule and do not go there in your dirty Safari clothes or T-shirt. Certainly, you have a normal shirt and long trousers in your luggage (i mean male visitors, ladies know the rules anyhow).
We will be back next year. Our friends definitely deserve it.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

We stayed two nights here in October and have mixed feeling about it, although overall we liked the stay. First the positives: the hotel is beautiful, with its Edwardian architecutal style and old world charm -- it takes you to British colonial days, with period decor, furniture, lobby and everything else. Grounds are beautiful and maintained very well. Best thing is its location -- from the grounds of the hotel one can see the bridge crossing the Zambesi river just downstream of the Victoria Falls. It is also a few minutes walk to a viewing platform from where you can see the gorge. Victoria Falls Park is about 10 minutes by the car and about 15 minutes on foot. The hotel is within walking distance of the town and the few shops that are there. Restaurant food was good, service was friendly, but at times fairly slow. Ambiance of the restaurant in the verandah was excellent.

On the negative side: rooms are old and tired. Same are bathrooms, with old sinks and slow drains, although they are large -- there were both a tub and a shower stall in our bathroom. In our room, the door to the balcony opening to the back of the building could not be locked and remained unlocked -- although they tried to fix it when we reported it. Air conditioning was not very efficient.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

We loved our three night stay here and wish we had stayed longer. Staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel felt like we were taking a step back in time to a elegant turn of the 20th century British hotel. The hotel lobby and the guest rooms are both beautiful and elegant, the staff are dressed in period clothes, the dining rooms range from casual to a five star restaurant and the food was all delicious. The breakfast was the best we had in our four week trip in Africa, delicious and every possible food item along with multiple juices and champagne. The service was outstanding and the prices reasonable. The mosquito nets on the bed ensured that the mosquitos didn't find us in the night. The guest rooms and bathrooms are large with beautiful period furniture. The hotel is within walking distance to the small town and the local craft market and the Victoria Falls National Park and bridge.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Myself and a group of friends went to the Victoria Falls hotel for high tea and were very impressed. The cakes were yummy and more than generous, not for those on a diet ! The washrooms, decor, service and pianist was also great. If you walk to the end of the gardens, the view of the bridge was beautiful. I would recommend going here for high tea and a taste of colonial British atmosphere !

Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

The hotel has it's charm and beauty, the grounds are very pretty. But as far as the room goes, it wasn't anything special. The bathroom is suffering. The tub had a really slow drain and the bathtub and sink are chipped and scratched and the tiles were stained. The mosquito net over the bed had been patched with band aids and there were holes in the net that were not patched. The mosquitoes do come in the room through the cracks in the windows at night. The air conditioner didn't work that well, but it was good enough. The breakfast buffet was superb. The bar was slow to service us and we did order from the menu once and the food was superb. The prices were very expensive. $20.00 for an american hamburger with fries.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Victoria Falls Hotel is a grand hotel in the British Colonial tradition. It is a bit tired but that does add to its charm and comfort. Our room was large with a sitting area in addition to the bedroom. I did crawl under the desk to find outlets to charge all those devices we carry these days. The staff was pleasant and service was perfect. We enjoyed the pool, dined outdoors, toured the falls, and browsed the shops. In addition to enjoying the grandeur of the hotel and grounds, take time to see the historic photos and art. Be sure to step into the Savanna Wood shop. The creations are beautiful.
Breakfast buffet had a wide variety of choices from champagne to smoked fish to delicious breads to made to order eggs. It was nice to sit back and linger over coffee.
Victoria Falls Hotel is a perfect place to rest up and take it easy. We, along with many other guests, had just finished up a number of days on safari and did enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Turnover is high, guests seem to come from everywhere in the world, many arrive and leave en masse depending on flight schedules. And the staff seems to take it all in stride.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Between camps in Botswana and on our way to Kruger we were faced with either Livingstone or Victoria Falls for a 3 night stopover. In the end the mystery of the Vic Falls Hotel won out and we were delighted by our choice. As a family of 6, I read all the comments on this hotel and the Royal Livingstone Hotel across the way (which I found to be horrendously expensive!) and we decided on a gourgeous front facing corner suite and adjacent room (still cheaper than the Royal Livingstone!). Bring a jacket and go eat in the formal dining room and transport yourself back to a forgotten era, jump off the bridge if you like (the two boys did!), take a bush ride on a horse along the upper Zambesi (as daughter and father did) or take the wonderfully archaic steam train across that magnificent bridge but you will need not fret as you will be fed amazingly well at this hotel. There was a little guilt at the quality and quantity on offer at breakfast but a quick trip to the local supermarket to see the $ based economy at work was an eye opener. Clearly between the hawkers and the 1% (probably the 0.01%..) there is a wide divide given the cost of food and the full shopping trolleys. Tip the staff well and remember to leave behind spare clothes and give thanks to the stubbornness to keep a historical treasure like this hotel going.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Victoria Falls Hotel
Address: 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls PO Box 10, Zimbabwe
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Region: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
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
#5 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
#6 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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