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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Elmsdale, Canada
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60 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Stayed here 1 night in July. Beautiful older hotel. Lots of eclectic decorations and historical pictures on the walls. Grounds are well maintained and beautiful. Room was very nice and clean. Super comfortable bed. From outside on the terrace there's a great view of the mist rising from Victoria Falls and the bridge that connects Zim and Zambia can be clearly seen. There's a dirt footpath from the grounds to the entrance where you enter to see the falls. Ate supper at the hotel. Was a large buffet with a show. Food was amazing! Nicely displayed and very tasty. Would definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

We absolutely loved this hotel! It was built in the early 1900's in the grand and glorious style of yesteryear. If you like columns, spiraling staircases, huge woolen rugs and beautiful appointments, you'll thoroughly enjoy your stay here. Our room was a suite consisting of a lovely sitting room containing a sofa, tables, refrigerator, and a view of the interior courtyard. Plus a separate bedroom with a king bed, sitting area and writing desk. The bathroom was small but lovely. We enjoyed traditional African dancing while we dined one evening, and enjoyed the sumptuous buffet for most of our other meals. We also ordered lunch on the terrace, which afforded a view of the Zambezi River gorge and the mist from Victoria Falls. Stunning. Fabulous Hotel, and a must if you're in Zimbabwe!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We stayed here for 1 night while we visited the falls and so we didn't really see anything else in town besides the hotel and the park. The hotel has a rather spectacular view of the fall's mist (not the falls themselves) and a good dinner buffet with live, local entertainment (I think the restaurant was called Jungle Junction, we didn't eat at the other 2).

Rooms were nice, but not spectacular. WiFi wasn't particularly user-friendly, but it worked.

The most astounding thing though was how it seemed that I really wouldn't be surprised if I happened to bump into a young Queen Victoria in the Bulawayo Room. I spent some time in the evening exploring the photos on the walls and the parlor rooms in the public spaces. The place is rife with history.

One odd thing I noticed - the door knobs in rooms and hallways were unusually high and I don't know why.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We had been warned that service may not be as good here as we would expect and that perhaps the hotel is getting tired. None of it. We had a deluxe room in the stable wing. It was lovely. Everything worked, it was clean and fresh.

We made an effort to speak with all of our waiters/waitresses and had fantastic service from everyone. Having read some of the negative comments on here I think we must have been staying at different hotels.

The food whilst not splendid by any means was perfectly good although I think that the menu could be quite restricting for some. We had some lovely bottles of South African wine too.

Of course the reason we were here was to experience The Victoria Falls themselves, quite the most wonderful experience amplified for us by staying at this Grand Old Lady.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Comfortable room - clean with views. Quiet so you get a good sleep. Very comfortable beds - best I've slept in a hotel. Spacious. Decoration - painted with local traditional designs and patterns so don't expect ultra modern white and cream walls. Best thing is that you have free use sister Hotel - The Royal Livingstone which is much more up market.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Just a wonderful grand old lady.
Style and class - that takes you on a trip through history.
Brilliant place to experience
Wonderful beds
Great Service and Food
Only negative were the prices! and bar was disappointing
Brilliant bath rooms linen and towels
Pool amazing

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Madison, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

We knew we were going to stay at the VFH the minute we planned our trip to Zimbabwe. It is an institution and it certainly lived up to its name. From the minute we arrived at the hotel we felt so very welcome. Peter made sure of that. The staff was so very courteous and friendly. We loved our drinks on the Stanley Terrace (the scones for tea were delicious too), the breakfast buffet at Jungle Junction was amazing (as was Edson who looked after us so very well), and the BBQ around the pool was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed the marimba band - they were excellent too. The decor and general ambience were "old-world colonial" and it was like taking a step back in time - all perfectly done and well-maintained. We couldn't fault a thing. Our rooms were lovely... and then there are the Falls themselves ... and the view. Nothing more needs to be said. We shall be back!

  • Stayed July 2014, 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
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 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
#3 Spa 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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