It was most unfortunate that we had to wait over an hour and a half for our rooms to be cleaned, the explanation given was that there had just been a large convention, and they had all asked for late checkout, which the hotel seemed to think was a quite acceptable arrangement. Its always a bit difficult to be objective when you have been very annoyed, but the rest of the two day stay was OK. The terracotta painted buildings look a little tired, and the orange black and yellow designs painted on them are also past their best. The Hotel obviously realises this, as one whole block of the courtyard square was out of action, and undergoing some sort of update.
The Hotel design leaves a bit to be desired, there appeared to be no view of the river from any of the rooms, the upper floor rooms look out of the large courtyard, and the ground floor rooms look into the courtyard. With large windows in the rooms, there is no privacy on the ground floor unless the net curtains are closed. The windowless long access corridors on the upper floor reminded me more of prison than hotel architecture. Coming down the stairs in the evening to find two zebras standing in your path, which you had to walk around, was an interesting experience.
The room service food is by far the best value for money, and was good.
The good news is that it is five minutes walk from the Falls, and you can come and go as you like, no entrance charge for Hotel guests.
I should have paid the extra money, and stayed at the sister Hotel, The Royal Livingstone, which had wonderful access to the river, and a great bar by the riverside, to watch the sun set on the Zambesi. You can book your drink costs here direct to your account at the Zambesi Sun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zambezi Sun, located on the edge of the eastern cataract of the Victoria Falls, reflects the richness and diversity of the country’s heritage; capturing the very soul of Africa – unpretentious, fun and welcoming. With its warm, earthy architecture, inspired by an African walled village and simple finishes highlighted in bright mosaics and fabrics as well as intoxicating Zambian artworks and accessories, the Zambezi Sun is set to turn your stay into a memorable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zambezi Sun Livingstone
- Zambezi Sun Hotel Livingstone