We stayed for a couple of nights just before Christmas. We arrived late but we were met with a warm greeting and they knew who we were before we told them. We were given a welcome drink and shown to our room without delay. The room was spacious and nicely laid out. The whole room was very clean and the bed extremely comfortable. Mosquito nets were provided but we didn't use them as we never saw a mozzy on the entire stay at the hotel. There was a small balcony overlooking a lawn area. Even though we arrived late, the restaurant managed to provide us with a choice of hot meals. The food wasn't great here (the breakfasts are better) but I think they have just opened a new restaurant as there seemed to be an opening ceremony on our last day. The prices are quite reasonable though and the staff very friendly. We were the only people in the restaurant and the "Executive Chef" came out to see how we were.
There is a swimming pool, which really needs some non slip tiles as it was very easy to slide towards the deep section, especially when leaving the poolside bar on the pool side. The pool was kept very clean while we were there.
There is a free shuttle bus that will take you to and from the entrance of the falls although it doesn't run that often. If you are fit you can walk to the falls from the hotel but you will be approached by many souvenir sellers. We enjoyed the walk and saw quite a few wild animals on the way.
Overall the Rainbow Hotel was a pleasant place to stay although at $190 per night it was a little pricey, even allowing for the fact that Vic Falls is a pricey town. The Rainbow is not like the Kingdom, which is much larger and packs people in while charging $60 more per night. Out of the two, I would still choose the Rainbow even though it is not so up market.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Victoria Falls