stayed here for 3 nights in july 2012 in room 1 as a solo traveler.
the rooms and facility are very basic, but has everything you need. the atmosphere was also very cozy and the premises felt safe (guard at the gate even at night). the bed was comfortable and there were two comforters which i appreciated because it was cold at night. there was a kettle for heating water for coffee/tea, fridge, cable tv, ac, mosquito net. loved the piping hot water in the shower. my only little complaint about the room: the wooden bathroom seat was a bit oversized and heavy, causing the cover to fall on your back every time you sit.
the staff was very friendly and let me use the kitchen to heat a bowl of soup. the cleaning staff is very thorough...perhaps a bit too thorough because i had my luggage sprawled on the table and floor but they tidied everything, folded my clothes and placed them in the closet. i found that slightly weird but i think if you are worried about privacy, you can just tell them not to provide you with this service.
i wasn't crazy about the free continental breakfast which included instant coffee, fresh juice, toast with jam/butter, and cereal. it would be a great addition to this cute place if a hot breakfast was provided especially since the guest house is not exactly close to town, you can't simply walk to another place for alternative breakfast options.
the hotel is quite a bit of a walk away from the town center. in fact, it was far enough that i never actually walked it myself. the owner laurent gave me a lift on the first day and i ended up taking cabs every other day. it was a bit inconvenient in terms of location, but the town is small enough that it's not that big of a deal.
what's great about this place is the value and the service. i have to agree with others regarding the hospitality. laurent was always helpful and can answer most of your questions about livingstone and tours you might be interested in. he suggested and helped me book the livingstone island breakfast and sunset cruise which were both great experiences. loved the complimentary rides to the airport, laurent didn't mind giving me lifts whenever he was free.
basically, if you are looking for luxury, then of course you would go for something like that royal livingstone. but if you are looking for a more personable and intimate experience and don't mind basic facilities, then i highly recommend tabonina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated close to the Victoria Falls, one of the biggest wonders of the world, Tabonina Guesthouse is a secure, cosy and relaxing guesthouse located in the peaceful Nottie Broad area of Livingstone, only a short walk away from the town centre. Set in a beautiful mango tree garden, Tabonina Guesthouse consists of nine en-suite rooms and two non en suite rooms, with an ablution block nearby, a breakfast/dinner area, a sitting room equipped with large flat screen TV, a swimming pool, a gazebo with pool table for drinks and games, and a self-catering kitchen. ... more less
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