The public areas of this property have a lovely colonial feel. The architecture is delightful - the sweeping colonnade in particular. The grounds similarly are very pleasant. Sitting by the pool in the open air bar area was a lovely experience.
Bedrooms are pleasant but not as sumptuous as the public areas and the difference is noticeable. That said, the rooms are more than adequate, spacious and with very good quality bed linen. We appreciated the in room safe.
Service in the hotel is friendly but not sharp or confident.
Breakfast was a really pleasant surprise and quite a highlight. The selection and quality of food was really excellent and exceeded my expectations. We had lunch and desserts sitting outside - wonderful ambience and environment. Food quality was varied - some excellent, other elements less so. I think this reflects in part the difficulties in getting fresh ingredients in Zimbabwe at the moment.
The location of the hotel is excellent - you can see the spray of the falls from the outside areas and you can hear them roar - at least when we were there and the waters were high.
We visited the Kingdom Hotel and the Victoria Falls Hotel. The Kingdom felt artificial and was weirdly empty. The Victoria Falls Hotel was grand, impressive and an authentic experience. The Ilala is , by contrast, intimate and comfortable. Take your pick!
- 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