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Reviewed August 6, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed two nights stay in this outstanding classic hotel. This is not a modern hotel, but rather offers a colonial-feel with lots of old-style furniture and fittings. Staff are courteous and helpful. As you are greeted by "Dooley" in his pith helmet and escorted through the lobby and elegant sitting rooms out to the terrace you...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 5, 2015

Superb lunch at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Excellent food and excellent, friendly, charming service. Our expectations were that the hotel would be a slightly decaying relic of the empire - It's certainly not. Beautifully maintained building in a fabulous location with views of the Falls.

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Milton Keynes
Reviewed August 5, 2015

lucky enough to enjoy a delightful lunch on the terrace served by Terence, it said on his badge trainee but we would never have guessed he was in a learning phase as he was so professional. We wished to return for an evening meal also on the Terrace and were assisted in finding the perfect table out of the draught...

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Thank Sarah L
Hervey Bay, Australia
Reviewed August 2, 2015

Guests are the lifeblood of the hotel set in just awesome surroundings, immaculate gardens and lawns. the use of a chapel for a small ANZCA day commemorative service at dawn was just a life-changing experience. Staff collectively were nurturing and accomplished in their roles. We all felt like 'royalty' for a few days.

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Paris, France
Reviewed August 2, 2015

The hotel is great, with a beautiful style, a unique view on the falls, and fantastics gardens. However, the rooms are a bit antique, quite small and would certainly need some refreshment. But there are numerous lounges to sit and rest while admiring the decoration. The breakfast buffet is top quality, and is ideally situated with a direct view on...

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Thank WolfgangMo
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed July 28, 2015

Just got back from an African adventure that included three nights at this delightful old colonial Hotel. Stayed in room 63. suggest anyone visiting the property stay in this area of the rooms since there is a beautiful unobstructed view of the bridge and mist of the Victoria Falls. This is a hotel from another time.... Beautiful old gardens,,, Colonial...

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England, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 27, 2015

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon and it was amazing. The service was wonderful and the staff do their best to make it a personal experience. We ate at the Jungle junction and the food was very good, as was the African dance show. Breakfast was always a wonderful experience too, sitting watching the sunrise...

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Victoria Falls Hotel has earned its reputation as one of the most iconic hotels in the world. Due to it's spectacular location, this is probably the only hotel in Zimbabwe that won't ever have to worry about occupancy rates. When guests check in, they are offered a refreshing lemonade which I thought was nice. The classic colonial buildings are...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed July 25, 2015

Very welcoming hotel to which we travelled by train and walked a few metres to the front entrance. Staff were very friendly and greeted us in a professional manner. Our comfortable room on the upper floor had a view of the Falls, what a way to wake up! Buffet meals were served by always attentive staff and with a wide...

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Bellevue, Washington
Reviewed July 25, 2015

The hotel feels like it probably did when it opened around 1904, although it's been tastefully modernized, and even enlarged. We stayed in the Stables Wing which is only a couple decades old but felt truly old, in a good way--huge ceilings, gracious spaces, heavy doors, ornate furnishings. Beyond the feeling of history, the staff are quite good. We were...

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  • Breakfast included
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For more than a century, The Victoria Falls Hotel has been the address of choice for Royal Families, statesmen, celebrities and discerning travellers as it occupies a fine location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa. From the thundering Victoria Falls at its threshold, to the big 5 that roam freely less than 5kms away, the “Grande Dame” provides an experience like no other. Less than a ten minute walk away from the Victoria Falls Rainforest, this is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique.The Victoria Falls Hotel’s grand Edwardian architecture evokes the spirit of a bygone era. The courtyard and entrance completed in 1915, with flowering shrubs, palms and stately mango trees picturesquely reflected in the water lily ponds. The chic elegance of the marble floored reception area sets the tone for the style and sophistication synonymous with The Victoria Falls Hotel. Many a guest has marveled at the magnificent views seen from The Victoria Falls Hotel and the experience begins with the sun rising beneath the mist of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Combining old-fashioned, traditional elegance with warm and welcoming decor, the main lounge provides a perfect backdrop for relaxing with friends, whilst the Bulawayo Room offers serenity and seclusion in surroundings of exceptional comfort and luxury. There’s a well-appointed curio shop specializing in colonial memorabilia. The Palm Lounge, bright and cool, is a quiet and secluded corner in which to relax, read or write. Throughout its many corridors and alcoves, the hotel’s long and fascinating history is depicted through photographs, posters and artistic impressions, reflecting the past glories of the empire. The quaint Chapel, built in 1929, has been the venue of many weddings and The Victoria Falls Hotel remains a favourite destination for honeymooners from around the world. Echoing its glorious past, The Victoria Falls Hotel’s traditional rooms and suites are truly a 5 star experience. Style and sophistication are trademarks of the hotel’s executive suites, which are luxuriously appointed with decor being warm, inviting and rich with tradition. Deluxe guest rooms are spacious, well-appointed and furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an "out of Africa" feel. All rooms are air-conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television, direct dial telephone and a personal safe. Cast-iron, roll-top bath tubs in the stables wing rooms and suites turn the bathroom into a haven of sumptuous relaxation. All three restaurants have ideal locations, making dining around the hotel a memorable experience. Lavish buffets at the casual Jungle Junction restaurant are but one of the many choices for breakfast and dinner. Stanley’s Terrace is an excellent option for light meals throughout the day and is an absolute must for the infamous High Tea served every afternoon, with spectacular views of The Victoria Falls Bridge and the Falls themselves. Later, enjoy the hotel’s legendary cocktails or a gin and tonic in Stanley’s Bar while listening to the roar of the mighty Falls. Evening dining at the open-air jungle Junction restaurant offers an unforgettable experience with a fusion of flavours of Africa. Entertainment from ethnic groups epitomises the spirit of Africa; Jungle Junction is the ideal venue for incentive groups. Enjoy dinner and dancing in the elegant, Edwardian Livingstone Room, with classic a la carte and table d’hote menus. Whilst the Livingstone Room reflects the century old hotel’s style of grandeur and opulence, the dress code has been slightly relaxed for the convenience of the guest and it is no longer essential for gentlemen to wear jacket and tie for dinner. A fine selection of wines and liqueurs are available to complement the chef’s wonderfully innovative creations. Cool off and enjoy the splendour of the glorious colonial swimming pool set amongst the beautiful landscaped gardens, overlooking the famous Victoria Falls Bridge with the Batoka Gorge below. Massage treatments are available in the airy gazebos located around the poolside or in the tranquility of the hotel’s gardens. The Pullman Suite and the Centenary Room are well-appointed with exquisite antique furnishing, adding a new dimension of sophistication to conferencing. Suitable for meetings of between 8 and 40 people, conference packages (including spouses’ programs) are available. The Victoria Falls are approximately 1,690 metres wide with an estimated 550 million litres of water per minute cascading over a 111 metre chasm. It must be highlighted that Zimbabwe has 16 out of the 19 prime viewing spots and is where you will find the "untamed" Victoria Falls Rainforest with its many winding pathways and trails. In 1855 David Livingstone, arguably the first European to see the awesome Falls, remarked "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." The Victoria Falls have been declared a World Heritage Site and enjoy special conservation status. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Victoria Falls Hotel

Address: 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls PO Box 10, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Price Range: $381 - $495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Victoria Falls Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 161
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“We stayed on the bottom floor with a great view of Falls smoke and bridge to Zambia”
 of 5 bubbles nancyjdupree2, 6 days ago | Read review
“Avoid room 75!”
 of 5 bubbles david12342, 1 week ago | Read review
“A courtyard room is nice [our last visit] This time we had a corridor room on the side without the view”
 of 5 bubbles rogerrobert98, 1 week ago | Read review
“You want to be on the side facing the falls. The food was very good. The hotel is very historic!”
 of 5 bubbles basinharborbob, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“All rooms seemed to be of the same high standard!”
 of 5 bubbles 158David1607, 3 weeks ago | Read review
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