We only booked at Ilala, as our first choice, 'The Victoria Falls' was full but were really happy that we had. The 'boutique' nature of the hotel means that the service is really personal and the Manager and staff on the front desk went far beyond the call of duty when our luggage did not appear for thirty six hours, having been off loaded by Comair on the flight down from Jo'burg. (This is apparently a not uncommon problem and at least two other couples were similarly affected during our stay.)
The hotel itself is a delight, - very conveniently located being actually in the town of Victoria Falls and only a fifteen minute walk to the falls themselves. It is also just a five minute stroll to The Victoria Falls Hotel where we ate on one evening and enjoyed drinks in the bar on several occasions. Whilst the latter hotel is iconic and well worth a visit we felt that as residents at The Ilala we had the best of both worlds. The Ilala's lounges are full of character, furnished with antiques, curios and fascinating prints and the terrace off the dining room is a magical place to eat. Unlike a previous reviewer we did not find the wine list to be overly expensive and whilst the food was not cheap the quality and presentation were excellent. The crocodile quenelles were particularly memorable. We stayed in a standard room which was more than adequate - pleasantly furnished and with copious supplies of tea and coffee. The bathrooms are perhaps a little tired and a little dark but the water was piping hot and there was a generous supply of toiletries.
Overall we thought the hotel was excellent and it would certainly be our choice should we return to the area in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ilala Lodge is ideally located only minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel, Ilala Lodge has 56 stylish, well-equipped rooms, providing the ultimate in comfort. The top-rated Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge offers delicious al-fresco dining under the starry African skies, whilst listening to the roar of the falls. The staff are attentive and friendly, and ensure your bucket list trip is perfect for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilala Hotel Victoria Falls