I stayed at the Protea Hotel Livingstone on a trip to Victoria Falls. The reviews indicated that it was a nice hotel with great customer service. However, I believe that some of hte reviews are for the wrong hotel. For example, the "Something out of Africa" review for this hotel is for the Royal Livingstone Hotel NOT the Protea Hotel Livingstone Hotel. There are no zebras, monkeys, butler, or free admission with the Protea Hotel Livingstone Hotel.
To manage expectations, this hotel is an adequate hotel for someone coming to see Victoria Falls. the When we arrived, the service was good at check-in and the hotel appeared well-maintained. However upon arriving in our rooms, our rooms were small, dark, and showed signs of age. The staff were constantly cleaning and spraying insecticide but insects are frequently in the hall and rooms. While it was clean, it gave the impression that the hotel had reached its peak in the past.
As far as planning activities in the area, the hotel does not associate itself with the activities center in the lobby area. So make sure you clarify with the activities center employees what activities/schedule you have planned in advance - ther service is not the same quality as the hotel.
Overall, a mediocre experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel Livingstone is located on the outskirts of Livingstone, the tourism capital of Zambia. The hotel is adjacent to the Falls Park shopping and entertainment complex, so there is never a shortage of things to do at and around the hotel. Protea Hotel Livingstone offers deluxe rooms with air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, electronic safes, electronic door locks, telephone and DSTV. There is an in-house restaurant, bar, swimming pool and two conferencing facilities. The famous Victoria Falls is a mere 10kms from the hotel, making Protea Hotel Livingstone the perfect venue for sight-seeing and more. Nearby leisure activities include bungee jumping, white water rafting, fishing, helicopter rides, golf, game viewing, gorge swing, a crocodile park and many more. ... more less
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