We spent three nights here and loved it. We were on the ground floor, which has a large lawn that eventually leads to the reserve. We expected to see the warthogs, but were thrilled to see a hippo grazing during the night barely 10 yards from our patio door. The rooms are spacious and functional but not luxurious. They included toiletries with insect repellent that we never used. We appreciated the bottled water and coffee maker as well. The bathroom is also large with a separate shower and bathtub. Doing laundry here is quite inexpensive. which is nice because we were so limited in weight for upcoming safaris. The restaurant was good and we especially liked the ostrich steak for dinner. Portions were quite large and mains were $20-$24 and a glass of wine was $6. We didn't think these prices were high, although some other reviewers did.The location is excellent--close to the falls, banks, craft markets and shops. Both the restaurant and rooms face the reserve with the spray of the falls visible from certain areas.
We highly recommend this place for anyone going to the Falls. Make sure to do the elephant riding safari as well.
- 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