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“Stunning position and 5 star service, food and facilities in walking distance of Vic Falls on Zimbabwe side.”

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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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Knysna, South Africa
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“Stunning position and 5 star service, food and facilities in walking distance of Vic Falls on Zimbabwe side.”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

An historic building which overlooks one of the natural wonders of the world - fabulous stately hotel with wonderful gardens and views and 5 star service and variety of accommodation discounted for SA citizens.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for two nights with a friend. The staff were all friendly and the room and furniture were very comfortable. The grounds are also lovely with views of the falls and the bridge from the gardens. You can easily from the hotel to the falls, and there is a security guide available at start of the path to walk with any nervous or wary guests. There is a nearby spot for a gorge swing over the canyon. Great location and lovely, elegant hotel!

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Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

We spent 2 nights here in deluxe gorge facing rooms on our visit to the falls. One would do well to remember that one is visiting a poverty stricken country and therefore appreciate the hospitality and the service even more. There is a staggering contrast in income levels between the guests and the staff and in fact most people in Zimbabwe. One might therefore appreciate the fact that they graciously put up with the first world whims of guests. So the wifi does not work 24 hours a day. It is hardly the end of the world. Remember the time when this gorgeous place was built and correspondence took quite a while to arrive. So there are occasionally insects in the rooms. This is Africa, it is part of the charm. We had tea and dinner at Stanley's terrace and enjoyed both the food and the service. Everything is kept clean even though it is old. Being old is the charm of the place. It has survived for a long time and simply being there should be seen as a privilege.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Built in the colonial era,the hotel retains this charm in all communal areas. Lounges restaurants ooze the elegance of the early 1900's.The room we occupied (there are suites) was showing its age,the bathroom in particular was a little weary! Even so the general ambience charm and attentiveness of all staff make this a must stay for those wishing a beautiful view of the bridge linking Zimbabwe and Zambia and the smoke that roars.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Here for 4 nites as part of a tour of southern Africa, and the stay was memorable. This facility was built at the turn of the century and shows its age somewhat, but overcomes it in historical charm. Like most older hotels, the public rooms are spectacular, and the private rooms a bit dated. No screens on the windows, so a collection of stink bugs in the room, and we kept those windows shut at nite as instructed so the monkeys on the grounds did not join us. Décor was English Safari-the history of the hotel and area laid out in the posters, photos, and signage throughout the hotel. Staff was prepared for large groups and did a great job of accommodating needs. Scenery of the falls is nothing short of awesome-I simply cannot image staying elsewhere and matching this experience.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We were trying to book a room in this Victoria Falls Hotel in early February for a three nights accommodation from 11th-14th June 2014 by email through booking agent in Zimbabwe. But the reply was no room available on our dates and they offered us to go to Victoria Safari Lodge. Luckily we did not accept because one of our tours picked up tourists from this lodge and we felt the location to the Victoria Falls was far. Last minute we tried Hotels.com and there was only one room left on our dates. We were so happy and immediately booked the room. So we advised that to stay in The Victoria Falls Hotel, made a point to book early.
An airport officer helped us to call a taxi. It took about half an hour to reach the Victoria Falls Hotel from the Victoria Falls International Airport. It cost us US$30. When we reached the hotel we were so amazed by the outlook, from the main entrance to the inside. It was a beautiful colonial hotel. There were beautiful flowering plants, manicured lawns and ponds with image reflection. The decoration of the inside hotel was furnished with art paintings, animals statues hanging on the walls, well taken care spiral staircase and even CCTV security. From the entrance to the courtyard, restaurants, the Stanley Terrace, garden until we saw the smoking Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls Bridge, gave us a feeling of satisfaction that we had chosen the correct hotel. It was beautiful, grand and top class hotel. A little distance to the left of the spot where we stood to admire the smoking Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls Bridge, there was a gate and walking path which lead to the entrance of the Victoria Waterfalls. It was about 10-15 minutes walk. We used that path and escorted by a security officer to the entrance of the Victoria Waterfalls. We told him the time to come and fetch us back to the hotel. That gave us the safety, from any animals or persuasion to buy souvenirs from the peddlers. We made two trips to the Victoria Waterfalls. The last trip we bought four sets (the big five animals) from the peddler. They were made of iron wood and we found the details carvings on the animals were excellent. The cost of one set of five animals was US$25. (a small set).
We did not eat in the restaurants or high tea at the terrace. But we enjoyed the buffet dinner at the Jungle Junction. A lot of variety of food for us to choose. There were African songs and dance while we ate our dinner. It cost US$35 per person. We also had our breakfast there. The breakfast was equally plenty and delicious. The service was very good and prompt. The waiter or waitress would help to push our chairs out from the table a little for us before we took the seats. One of the dinner time, my wife felt cold. The next moment, the waitress brought a blanket for her.
Our room and bathroom were clean and tidy. The shower was great. The mattress and pillows were comfortable. We had sound sleep as the security of the mosquito nets prevented us from any bites. Our room was 130.
The best thing was that we could book tours from the Wild Horizons which had an office stationed at the hotel. Every hotel staff was friendly, helpful and cheerful. The hotel service was good.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Goa, India
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

The Victoria Falls Hotel dates back to 1904 and the colonial mood has been retained. At the entrance is a map of the BOAC South African route and a real postage stamp dispenser. Unabashed nostalgia (Stanley’s Room, The Stanley Terrace, Livingstone Bar), colonial décor combine with modern conveniences to make for one of the more interesting hotels we have stayed in. There are spectacular views of the ‘smoke that thunders’ – the spray at the Falls and the bridge joining two countries. An early start will provide unbelievable views of the spray catching the light of the rising sun.

Breakfast is in the most attractive Jungle Junction. The extensive gardens and lawns are visited by animals. We saw a family of banded mongoose and a warthog.

The only negative we faced was the lack of a convenient plug point in the room. In these days of re chargeable camera batteries, laptops and mobile phones one plug point under a table to be shared with the electric kettle is NOT a good idea.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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