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“By Vic Falls standards, a place” 3 of 5 stars
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Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls
Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Victoria Falls
El Paso, Texas
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26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“By Vic Falls standards, a place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I stayed here after arriving in Vic Falls on a tour and needed a hotel with always-on, en suite, high-speed WiFi for a few days - the Rainbow fit the bill. The Hotel is a bit passed its prime in its aesthetics and is ready for a makeover; nonetheless, it was a pleasant place to stay for a few days. However, be warned the Vic Falls prices are excessive (for all establishments) for accommodation and food. What would be a $80/night hotel in the USA costs $140/night here. I would advise to settle your bill the night before departing - there is a very good chance the credit card machine will not function at check out time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank txvago1
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rainbowhotelvicfalls, General Manager at Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for your most valuable feedback. We appreciate your comments and management are working on the highlighted issue of the credit card machine. We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Spent 3 nights here as family of 4. We did have our own car but nevertheless the hotel is very central. Has a great pool and prices compared to the rest of the town are reasonable - breakfast is pretty good! Dinner (we had bream and ostrich steak) was good although as with rest of Vic falls service was slow - lack of children's menu isn't ideal. Staff are attentive and always ready to help. Would happily stay here again.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank SGJHB
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rainbowhotelvicfalls, General Manager at Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for your feedback and yes the pool is indeed refreshing! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Management are working on the highlighted issues of slow service and the children's menu. We looking forward to hosting you in the near future.
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toronto ontario canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

While on holdiay with my adult daughter we stayed at the hotel for two days, we new it was a budget hotel and did not expect such a nice surprise. The evening meals were great we had local game and it was so good and we were entertained by Umbane We Zulu dancers and music just wonderful. Our breakfast was good, the staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms clean and comfortable. The mosquito nets in good condition.(not like the ones in Spirwing Island resort poor resort by the way) I would recomment it and not expensive, close to everything.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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4 Thank darice d
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rainbowhotelvicfalls, General Manager at Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Dear Darice d,
Thank you for your most valuable feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the local game cuisine and entertainment from the Umbane group during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I spent a couple nights here in July 2012 and found it absolutely delightful--once I got past the fact that they had me checking in the day I was due to check out. Problem easily resolved and I actually paid a cheaper rate than what my travel agent had quoted. The staff were very attentive and help with accommodations and advising and arranging activities during my short stay in Victoria Falls. One evening I wanted to eat outside because the weather was delightful. The staff set up a table for me under the stars. Each evening I was there, I we were entertained by a troupe performing native dances. My room/bathroom was clean. Bed was very comfortable. I liked sitting on my patio in the morning with coffee watching the monkeys play. I did miss having a hair dryer and personal safe in the room--the only drawbacks

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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5 Thank DrDeborah
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rainbowhotelvicfalls, Guest Relations Manager at Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
Thank you for your feedback on Rainbow Hotel. We appreciate your comments and management are working on the issues highlighted. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you return to Rainbow Hotel in the near future.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Rainbow hotel. We had mentioned to the bartender we were wanting to try Crocodile while we were in Vic Falls, so he spoke to the Cook and he made arrangements to have some Croc meat brought in, and made us an amazing meal.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank WayneP3
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rainbowhotelvicfalls, Manager at Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Thank you for your much appreciated feedback. We look forward to hosting you soon.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

An overprice hotel with poor hygine standard flies all over the food .they could not just get a net or something to cover it up since buffet is on an open room.the tiles are falling of the in the bathroom.the the bath tub had a masive crack on it.i tried to make a cup of tea in my room only to find the kettles cable is too short to reach the socket on the wall so i place the kettle on the floor and tried to plug it only to realise that i need an adptor since the kettle is a two pin while the wall takes three pin plug,so i abandoned making tea becoz it was now like acting a film.
the airconditioning make noise like a spining washing machine
so dont be fooled by the price becoz its not worth the money
the front area is nice and love but when it come to the rooms where it matter most it seems they have just abandoned it .
i will rather pay more that to stay in this hotel
the staff was hard working but can do when there is no money put on
i have stay in 2 star in south africa but will rate it 5 star while in this hotel is ment to 3 star but will rate it at half a star
this hotel should charge at least 20 usd a nite
then that can be justified.
I SPENT A NITE ON 17 NOVEMBER 2011

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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3 Thank 552tony552
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africa71, Marketing at Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Thank you very much for the review
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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

As a family we stayed at the rainbow hotel 25-29 Dec 12. This hotel has all that you need if you are happy to accept that everything is faded, torn, does not work and is falling apart. There are 2 good things about this hotel, one there is water in the pool and two, wifi works in some of the rooms. Do not expect anything else and you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Get a room close to reception to have wifi access, also the rooms closer to the road are noisier due...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls
Address: 278 Parkway Drive | Selous Crescent, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique property of Moorish architecture conveniently located near town and 2km from the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel offers a spectacular view of the rumbling mist, mosi-oa-tunya, meaning "the smoke that thunders". Enjoy a cocktail at the only Swim and Sip bar in town and efficient and friendly service. ... more   less 
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Mercure Victoria Falls

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