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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Long Island, New York
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212 reviews
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“Where were Bogey and Bacall?”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

This is one of the most elegant hotels you could stay in. The walls are replete with pictures that document the history of the hotel and the Falls. The service is impeccable in all categories. I was transported back to the 1940s and the era of black and white movies filmed in elegant Continental hotels. This is a wonderful place to say if your safari includes Victoria Falls. A caveat: the baboons have learned how to open your door. They are ubiquitous. Be careful.

Room Tip: Rooms toward the back of the hotel have a view of the mist coming off the falls.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Stanleys Terrace - excellent food, great service and staff and the most AMAZING view from your luncheon table. A must for all visitors to Victoria Falls, with easy access to the Falls and Bridge.

The Victoria Falls Hotel is stunning. Seeped in history, style and class, offering beautiful gardens, manicured lawns, and refurbished bedrooms and public areas.

A meal at the newly refurbished Livingstone Room is highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

110 years and huge with lots of interesting history and pictures. Walking distance to V falls, railroad station and small town. Lots of vendors / sellers but no crime in VF. Hotell ok, but not brill. Food very good but expensive. Breakfast really enourmous and great at the jungle junction. No alchohol in the minibar and ants in the bathroom is a big minus + noicy AC. However, beautiful location and good service makes up for it if you are prepared to go back in time. Warthogs doing the lawn mowing is also a bit unusual. I recommend this hotel even if not perfect.

Room Tip: All suites are different. Try for a view upstairs.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oakville, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Ah, what a place! The Victoria Falls Hotel is an institution now over 100 years old. She is steeped in tradition and history and a throw-back to colonial times but there is no other place to stay in Victoria Falls that even comes close to delivering what TVFH delivers.
The staff all provided superb service which cannot always be easy for them. Make sure you tip well - you could be indirectly providing school or books to a youngster as a result of your generosity.
I don't know if we received an upgraded room (we booked a deluxe double) but it was quite the largest hotel room we have ever stayed in at something like 55 feet long all told and 16 feet wide. Absolutely stunning. Room 45 if you are interested.
The public rooms are superb - more akin to Downton Abbey's Drawing Room than a 'normal' hotel's lounge area.
High Tea on the Terrace, Dinner at the Jungle Junction. Just soak up the ambiance, look at the mist rising from the Falls and at that iconic bridge across the gorge and thank your lucky stars for the opportunity to be a part of it if only for a short while.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Stayed at Victoria Falls Hotel. Grand old hotel, but needs some work. A/C in my room and couple of other rooms had problems. Mine ran constantly and leaked water on the carpet. Found very large millipede on floor last morning. Restaurants are very, very expensive. We went to casino next door for lunch and dinner. Number of decent, inexpensive restaurants there. Excellent breakfast at hotel. Staff at hotel was excellent and efficient. Great location and view of falls and bridge. Just needs some work.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

The Zimbabwean people are amazing and they made my stay here unforgettable. To me the staff make all the difference and here they excel. Everybody from the gardener to the pool guy to the manager is genuinely friendly and interested and helpful; it goes so far beyond politeness and to me it made it very special. I have to specifically mention Duly and Japhet; thank you for your kindess.

The hotel itself is colonial and old-fashioned - and for those who have read my reviews before you would know it is not really my thing - but it suits the environment. Walking through the halls is a trip down memory lane for Zimbabwe; they embrace their colonial heritage, unlike some countries which try to pretend the past never happened. I stayed in the main hotel but had the opportunity to see the rooms in the new wing and would highly recommend them; next time I'll be in room 237!

The buffet is very good, I particularly enjoyed breakfast. High tea is a must; in fact, just taking the time to have a drink on the terrace and watch "the smoke that thunders" is a must. Love the warthogs that just wonder around the grounds like domestic animals! The grounds are beautifully kept and very tranquil and the pool is a godsend. Just the right temperature.

Easy stroll along a path to the Vic Falls themselves - mind the monkeys! The tour of the Falls was WOW - I came out the other side drenched. Helicopter flip is out of this world (my first hellie trip) - wished it would never end. Elephant back safari was also amazing - thanks Rodney and Detemba.

We were due to move on to Chobe given the option I would happily have stayed here longer and merely gone to Chobe for a day.

Without a doubt I will return.

Room Tip: Stay in the new wing, if possible.
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Milnerton, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

This was our second stay at the hotel and it is still the most charming place I've ever stayed. Wonderful staff, beautiful communal rooms, good food. I could sit on the varanda all day admiring the view.

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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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