The location is excellent. Large supermarket, myriad of restaurants, bureau de change and ATMs are within 3 minutes walking distance.
Excellent security at the gates as it is not a public bar, so the guards ensure that only residents enter. The bar was very quiet during the five nights I spent in Fawlty Towers. People who stay here are a mixture of ages, all of whom seemed to stop drinking after one beer! So if you want to relax and read a book, or swim in a quiet place, this is for you.
The freebies on offer are wonderful - free tea and coffee all day, free pancakes at 3 o' clock, free airport pick up and free daily shuttle to the falls/Zambezi bridge, free library of books to read. Wifi is free and fast - brilliant. Towels are essentially free, as you get your deposit back on departure.
I think the food is good value and well sized. I had the full Irish breakfast for 35 kwatcha and they also serve meals in the evening.
The girls in the on-site activities centre ring and book all activities on your behalf and they have plenty of leaflets and information guides available.
I stayed in a 4 bed and then a 6 bed dorm, for $15 per night. The showers and toilets are clean and frequently checked, so there's never a shortage of soap or toilet paper.
The two people who are worthy of a mention, from my experience, are Elissa the manager, who never tired of replying to my many emails prior to arrival and even let me change my dates with no problems or issues. Also the main chef is very talented and has thankfully passed on his culinary skills and sense of humour to the girls in the kitchen. The front desk staff are ok, but usually in backpackers (the ones I have been to) the receptionists and bar tenders tend to be full of life and chat and fun, whereas here they are very short with their answers (of course, being precise and succinct is important when you need exact information) and they seemed to be a bit jaded seeing the same type of travellers day in day out. I think a few more smiles and small talk would be appreciated.
The second thing that I was not used to is the fact that there is only one key per room, which is fine when everyone in the group knows each other, but all the people in my dorm were solo travelers. One of my roommates left the door ajar right before bedtime and when I went to lie down I heard meowing - from the cat who had snuck under my bed and didn't want to leave! A bit of fun!
I would definitely return here to relax and unwind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fawlty Towers is set in a large, private garden shaded with mango trees, with a crystal clear swimming pool. We offer accommodation for those on a budget, as well as private air-conditioned rooms and with the best service in Livingstone. Enjoy our free pancakes served every day, whilst cold beers and drinks are available at the bar. Try our chef's legendary meals or have your own barbeque round the pool on our braai stand. Internet access and a Wi-Fi hotspot is available. The Lodge is in the centre of town with seven cafes and restaurants less than 500 yards away and the town's largest supermarket is just over the road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fawlty Towers Hotel Livingstone