For reasons not relevant to this review, we stayed at both Ilala Lodge and The Victoria Falls Hotel. The bookings were made through an agent and as there was no difference in price, we decided to try both.
If you find yourself in the same situation, choose The Victoria Falls Hotel.
Let's be clear, there's nothing wrong with Ilala Lodge - the staff are pleasant and the rooms are clean. They do, though, lack blackout blinds.
Whilst it's true this property is closer to the Falls, it does not mean the view is better. It's simply geographically closer than any other hotel in Victoria Falls.
If we hadn't first stayed at The Falls Hotel, we would have found the breakfast at Ilala acceptable, although Grilled Kipper on Potato Rosti topped with a Poached Egg was very disappointing, just about inedible. The rosti was the size of a beermat - flat and greasy, not at all crispy - the kipper fillet had been cut to fit on top of it, the egg was fine, but the whole thing was finished off with a dollop of hollandaise sauce - both unexpected and very unwelcome. The next morning's English breakfast featured sausages which had been flashed across a griddle and were clearly uncooked.
Interesting to note that since our stay earlier this year, this hotel has started to charge for internet access.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect base for exploring all the Victoria Falls has to offer, Ilala Lodge provides distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The hotel is ideally situated and is closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilala Hotel Victoria Falls