Stayed here for 2 nights in a 4 bed dorm for $10 per night. The location is about 30 mins walk from the Zimbabwean/Zambian border crossing, but there will be plenty of locals accommpanying (read: harrasing) you through the town so they'll show you the way while also showing you their trillion dollar notes! The setting itself is nice with some art and souvenir stands insdie the backpacker gates.
They have a bar and eating area. Drinks here are expensive compared to half an hour away in backpackers in Zambia. You pay $2 for a beer compared to down the town of Vic Falls, where in certain local bars they cost $1. Food seems like good value but the portions are served on very small plates. Paying $2 for a cup of tea or coffee is not backpacker style!
The music plays from about 10am til midnight and gets louder as the day goes by. Lots of local guys drink here at night (don't know how they can afford it, unless they get it at a chaper rate) and at one stage I was the only mzungu girl with about 15 local lads; other guests had moved on to another bar.
There is hot water, but some shower taps do not work so it's hit and miss - try them all out first.
They have lockers in the communal seating area but none in the rooms.
There are only a few keys for each room, so the first night I had to get off the top bunk to let in a late night partier knocking at 2am! (You can't leave the keys for roommates at reception as they close at midnight and pull the shutters down.) Then the cleaning staff start making noise and chatting around 7am, so no opportunity for a lie in.
The swimming pool defintiely is not clean! Generally the water in pools should reflect the colour of the sky, right? I'm sure people use the pool for other reasons.
Shoestrings is about a half hour walk to the falls.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This brightly coloured backpackers is a short five miniute walk from town. There is 24 hour security, a lively bar, a small restaurant that makes the best pizzas in town, self-catering kitchen, a swimming pool, DSTV and two very friendly dogs. The staff are very helpful and can assist you with all activity bookings and information on onward travel. ... more less