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Olga's - The Italian Corner
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West Hartford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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“One of the best places to stay”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Have stayed at Olgas before and loved the room but the first time over we had a room near the road which turned out to be very noisy. This time I requested for a room towards the back of the property and they remembered and assigned the last room for us. It was quiet and peaceful.

The rooms are spacious, clean and have a lovely ambience. Excellent bathroom facilities. The restaurant being right there is an advantage for any meal and the restaurant is where one can find the best Italian food.

Staff are friendly and helpful. The location of Olgas is convenient and makes all of the little town that is Livingstone accessible.

I have travelled around Zambia and finding quality accommodation with paying 5 star rates is a rarity and I think Olgas gives just that.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

First time visitors in Livingstone, found this place online. It is located next to a church right in town. 5km from airport and 10km from falls. A very short taxi ride either way.
From the time called to book until we departed the service was first class. Very friendly staff and mangers. They arranged taxi for pickup at the airport. When we arrived we were greeted with a simile. Our room was very clean, bathroom also very clean and modern - big plus. We were at Victoria falls for only 2 days - they were very happy to arrange for all our trips - elephant ride, helicopter ride and river cruse. Everything went great and on time.
They also have a great Italian restaurant, well priced top food. The Pizza and pasta are made fresh and traditionally. The Lasagna is a must try. Great place and restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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103 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

We stayed at Olga's in November 2012 and had a fantastic time. The rooms are new, clean and comfortable. There is no air conditioning but there is a ceiling fan and the rooms are big and airy so it wasn't too hot. The value for money is amazing - for just over 50 USD for the room it includes a big breakfast, free wifi and teas and coffees. The location is great - 2 minute walk to a the shopping centre and taxi stand - they also arrange a variety of activities. We will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

We arrived in Livingstone with no reservations and had to trek around looking at the different options. What we found was usually overpriced and poor in quality, and we were disheartened... until we found Olga's! The accommodations were fairly new when we showed up, and the rooms were fantastic (spacious, great bathrooms), really amongst the best we saw. And the best part...? The price was actually FAR below the other places. Would highly recommend Olga's for comfortable and clean accommodation! And you have a great Italian kitchen right there to boot (and helping out with a great cause)

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

A beautiful little lodge attached to the best restaurant in Livingstone. We stayed 5 nights and absolutely loved the place. Olga's fills a much needed gap in the current market - beautiful rooms at budget minded prices.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

After spending the past 3 weeks in remote destinations in Namibia, with frozen meat and canned food as our only nourishment, Olga's was a revelation. The portions were generous, the ingredients were fresh, and the food excellently prepared. The pizzas are the best we've had in Zambia, and my friend raved about the Tagliatelle al-ragu. In addition to satisfying our gastronomical needs, patronizing Olga's also means supporting their program to train at-risk youth at skilled trades and providing them with an opportunity, which they are implementing beautifully. If I ever come back to Livingstone, I would definitely visit Olga's again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 August 2012 via mobile

We only went for dinner a few times during our stay in Livingstone but really enjoyed each trip! The food was so tasty and at such cheap prices! It was really nice to know that the profits from the restaurant went towards YCTC - a youth training college for the local community and somewhere we had volunteered at whilst out there. Sometimes we were undercharged for our food but gave the correct money regardless.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Property: Olga's - The Italian Corner
Address: 20 Mokambo Road, Livingstone, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Olga's - The Italian Corner 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Olga's the Italian Corner is the final stage of an educational project for the most vulnerable youth of Livingstone. It opened in 2008 as a production unit in support of YCTC (Youth Community Training Centre), a certified school built by the Diocese of Livingstone and CELIM (an Italian NGO). All Olga's profits go to YCTC which provides training in catering, tailoring, plumbing, electrical, metal construction, computer studies and bricklaying to orphans and vulnerable youth. Most of Olga's employees come from the YCTC's catering course, which results in the project being self-sustainable. Olga's is located in the center of Livingstone and only 9 kilometres far from the famous Victoria Falls, easily reachable with minibus or cab. It is 15 minutes far from the airport and walking distance from the main attractions of Livingstone: bars, travel agencies, shops, museum, grocerystore, etc. ... more   less 
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