Normally I don't care for historic properties. I just prefer modern. However, for me, if I was going to go all the way to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls I felt it really a no-brainer to stay at the world famous VF Hotel. I booked an upgraded room so it was large and while Victorian is never my style, it was very nice and had definitely been updated. The huge four poster bed with a canopy was romantic and I felt like I was in an old movie.
I loved the history lining the walls of the hallways and in the public areas. It was like a museum and I spent a good amount of time reading and looking at all the photos and articles and letters and posters and things throughout the hotel.
It is quite spectacular when you first walk through the hotel to the back patio and see the great lawn and the falls.
I wasn't impressed with the food or service on the patio restaurant (lunch and dinner), but then I always qualify my restaurant feedback with the fact that I am not a foodie and am extremely finicky. However, I found the breakfast buffet to be wonderful and the setting was spectacular.
The staff was rather cold and I think that might be the British formalness from whence this hotel has come.
If I ever make it back to the area I will probably try another renowned lodge or hotel because now I have "been there and done that" with the VF Hotel, just because it's not my taste or style, but if I had to stay there again I wouldn't complain.