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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Lovely old hotel takes you back to the past. Recently renovated public areas with lots of interesting history on the walls. Rooms are tired and in need of refurbishment but adequate. We booked a executive suite but it faced the reception area and not the falls so asked to be moved to a room that faced the falls which ended up being a standard room. Lovely pool area where you can have a lunch time barbecue in the shade. Stanley terrace has a great view and nice food, can recommend the afternoon tea. Livingstone restaurant has just been refurbished and is beautiful , reminds me of the dinning room at Gleneagles. Staff are very friendly and attentive. Great experience

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We really enjoyed this hotel. We were a little apprehensive after reading some of the negative reviews on Trip Advisor, but we found it to be classic and charming. We loved the colonial décor. It has been newly renovated - the rooms were clean, beds comfortable and the shower was fantastic. The staff was attentive and helpful. The grounds spectacular (enjoyed watching the warthogs mow the lawn) and the view from the terrace was captivating. Loved it!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

This is like stepping into the past - with both feet - at once! The epitome of Colonial slendour - a trip down time. And the views and the setting is incredible! That mighty Zambezi river thunders in a gorge with such might that it sends spray into the air teaching the clouds. From the Terrance where you should have a gin and tonic you can behold this site. Awesome experience. The service and staff are wonderful.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Pulling into this Hotel, you are immediately whisked into another time...Greeted with large smiles, and lemonade. Large open air public spaces, gardens, and a terrace that has one of the best views on the planet. Quiet, clean, comfortable rooms, with killer showers. Service was PERFECT! Lunch and Dinner, (think star lit sky), on the terrace was Fantastic. Great service in the Bar, and a fun, casual setting in the Jungle Junction. Great dinner buffet with local dishes throughout, in the Junction. Grab a couch down in the Jungle Junction, order a coffee, and watch the sunrise....it gets no better.
Zambesi boat tour, outstanding. Hippos galore! Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls, a MUST! Follow that with a walking tour of the falls, for an up close, and wet adventure.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Hotel has a lot of history and charm, but the rooms are only adequate. The view of the bridge and falls from the hotel's terrace is outstanding. We ate several dinners and breakfasts at the Jungle Junction and found the food adequate but no better. We had one dinner in the upscale Livingston Room (rated # 7 in the world in 2013 bu the Daily Meal) and was disappointed. The service and decor were excellent, but the food was a let down. In fairness, this was part of a tour package, and it is possible that we got the "cheap" plates

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Of course there are some foibles. The hotel IS old and a touch of paint wouldn't hurt. The aircon in the room is pretty loud and the beds aren't going to win CNT prizes.
But that is an utter irrelevancy. The hotel could not be steeped in more old world charm. It serves faithfully the image of a colonial hotel built for visiting future queens! The views are by FAR the best of any hotel of the falls from either side of the bridge. Sitting on the terrace with a G&T looking at the mist is a wonderful memory to take away. The staff are very friendly and the food is great, esp the buffet down by the pool.
It's located right on the falls and you can walk directly into the national park to walk round the falls. They can organise any trip you want - quite why you would stay anywhere else in Vic falls is beyond me. Having spent years in hotels all trying to win 6 stars I utterly loved the authenticity of this place and would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Visited many years ago now .. but it was great My second visit since the 1980's both times not disappointed.
Service was good .. view very good.

the lunch trip on the Zambesi a highlight. we had a hotel picnic and a boat all to ourselves .. even got chased by hippos!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, 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
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: £308 - £447 (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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