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Fawlty Towers
216 Musi O Tunya Road | Box 61170, Livingstone, Zambia   |  
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

This place is run extremely well and has a very relaxed atmosphere. All staff and people that run the lodge are quality and help out in whatever way they can, gave us some great tips like places to eat and how to get around. As for the setting it couldn't be better, locals are nice and great to get to know. This venue is a must on your travels around Africa!

Lewis

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

We loved it here, such a warm welcome, the pool is gorgeous, the rooms are lovely and clean and it's a total bargain price. After days on a grubby train + a 12 hour bus journey we were very chuffed to have landed here

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

Fawlty Towers is great. For $45 a night you get a double room and a toilet and a shower. All of these are very good. The mosquito net was good and the room was clean. The shower was excellent as were most other things. They have free pancakes at 3pm which we had once and free tea and coffee all day. The pool is small but lovely and the bar/reception area is really nice. My only gripe was that we had loads of cockroaches on the first night (however a 5 minute killing spree sorted them out and that was that). Overall, we were happy with the place and would recommend it to anyway who doesnt want to spend $300 a night on a room.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

Had two rooms with ensuite - one for us and one for the kids, both very clean - even a room safe. Keeping the water in the shower a challange. Both hot. Staff very helpful. Hostel was not full so lots of the time we had the pool to ourselves. Pancakes existed just.

I can recomend the Elephant safari... expensive but not something you will do every day

Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2010 via mobile

Cheap affordable rooms and the staff offered outstanding service organising a 4 day safari.

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2009

I stayed here with two friends in September 2009. When we were shown our rooms, I was disappointed. The room was very small and dark (even in the daytime), there was very little storage space (barely enough room for 3 rucksacks!) and there were also one or two cockroaches on the floor. We also took issue with the mosquito nets, which did not reach to the ground and were therefore ineffective. Foolishly, we ignored all of these things as we were eager to get out and see Livingstone.

When we returned that evening, our room was completely covered in cockroaches. We manually killed several dozen, but they were everywhere, even crawling up the mosquito nets. We went to reception to complain, but the guy there didn't seem bothered by it. When pressed, he gave us half a can of bug spray, and we covered our room in it. We eventually tucked ourselves up in our own sleeping bags, and got some sleep.

Other issues we had while staying in Fawlty Towers included: our room wasn't cleaned in 4 days until we asked about it; we weren't given clean towels at all and when we asked for clean towels, we were told that there weren't any (!); and when my friend booked in to have her hair blow-dried in the salon, the mirror was on the floor, there was no hairbrush and the haridrier broke! And of course, there was the constant battle against the cockroaches.

I tried to approach the manager these issues. I went to his office and he invited me in, but when I began to tell him what had been going on he suddenly remembered that he was 'in the middle of a business meeting, darling, can we deal with this later?'. I couldn't believe how patronising he was. Needless to say, he never appraoched us to sort it out, as he promised he would.

My friends and I were really unhappy with our stay here and I would strongly urge any fellow travellers not to spend their money here.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

My cousin and I stayed at Fawlty Towers for 5 days during the summer.
It was a great choice!

The location is perfect - walking distance to the centre of town, across the road from a wonderful vegetarian cafe (guava smooties are incredible!) and next door to their travel agency / internet cafe (internet is well priced and quite fast).

The hostel have airport pickup, which can be pre-booked. Cheap and convenient!
We stayed three nights in the private rooms and two nights in the 8 bed dorms.
The private rooms are lovely and basic. Very clean, nicely painted, with private ensuite (great water pressure!).

The 8 person dorms are very basic and a little older than the private rooms. Nothing too flash - basic linen provided, mosquito nets for each bed and a small lock up locker (bring own padlock). Only one small fan for the room, so can get really hot at night! Shared bathrooms are clean and basic.

The breakfast area has a dining table, couch and shelves full of National Geographic magazines. There's also a 'book exchange' for avid readers. Breakfasts were basic but great value. Lots of fruit, tinned fruit salad, cereal, tea and coffee etc.

The highlights of the hostel were definitely the gorgeous pool surrounded by beautiful mango trees with hammocks for the tired traveller! 3pm complimentary pancakes are served by the pool everyday - and it was a wonderful way to meet other backpackers!
The communal lounge area (with pool table and TV) is a great place to mingle and meet fellow travellers. We met some great characters - have kept in touch with a lot of them since the trip.

The staff were amazing - there to help and organise everything from day tours, to food, to itinerary ideas. We spent a many an evening chatting with them into the night - such lovely people!

The hostel offers airport pickup, dropoff at Victoria Falls, pickup and dropoff for Zambezi river night cruises, and day tours of Mukuni Village. They can reccommend the places to go and not to go, and all on a budget!

I'd highly reccommend Fawlty Towers - sure, it's basic, but the staff, the location and the fellow backpackers it attracts make up for it!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Fawlty Towers

Address: 216 Musi O Tunya Road | Box 61170, Livingstone, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 37 Specialty lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fawlty Towers is set in a large, private garden shaded with mango trees, with a crystal clear swimming pool. We offer accommodation for those on a budget, as well as private air-conditioned rooms and with the best service in Livingstone. Enjoy our free pancakes served every day, whilst cold beers and drinks are available at the bar. Try our chef's legendary meals or have your own barbeque round the pool on our braai stand. Internet access and a Wi-Fi hotspot is available. The Lodge is in the centre of town with seven cafes and restaurants less than 500 yards away and the town's largest supermarket is just over the road. ... more   less 
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