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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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“Beautiful and charming historic hotel”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We stayed here in June after visiting Kenya and Tanzania on safari. We found the accommodations to be lovely. The hotel is immaculate, the staff helpful and friendly. We dined in the Stanley room and found the food ,service and ambience to be excellent. This property is like taking a step back in time; there is an abundance of photographs, artwork, etc. that you do not necessarily find at more contemporarily built properties. The public areas are beautiful, and there are plenty of tucked away areas for relaxing and reading. Our room included breakfast at Jungle Junction. The buffet was outstanding and the food plentiful and beautifully presented. The hotel is within walking distance of Victoria Falls, and we also did a daytrip to Chobe National Park. Would definitely recommend, and would stay here again should the opportunity present. Very well done.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is our second visit to the hotel and 4 visit to the Falls, To experience the old Africa, i.e. British Colonial spender, this is the Hotel to stay at! Hotel is old but all amenities are working, they even have Fast internet (>5Mbps) for the modern travellers. The High Tea is a must since a visit to this Old Lady won’t be complete without a English High Tea outside on the veranda. The staff is friendly and always willing to assist. Best Rooms for view of the Bridge and the falls, I feel is the middle rooms, 2nd floor. In Victoria Falls there is a shortage of small denominations (currency) so remember to take along a sufficient amount.

Room Tip: Best Rooms for view of the Bridge and the falls, I feel is the middle rooms, 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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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.

  • Stayed July 2014
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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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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.

Room Tip: Suites are available. Rooms with a view of the bridge are preferable.
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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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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
#6 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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