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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Lovely two nights.The suite was lovely and we could relax after the days activities Had dinner at at the Livingstone Room and lunch at the terrace whats not to like, the service was excellent.The rooms are very clean and the staff very friendly and professional.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Not being British or very old, the hotel didn't resonate with me on all levels. The rooms are clean and comfortable enough. But, they do show their age. When staff watered the landscape, the water came in underneath my window into the bathroom. Minor problem for me. Had to move the toilet paper. My room was a little on the small side. I think they have renovations in progress.
Enjoyed looking at the foyer walls. The halls hold a lot of history.
Dined in the room and on the verandah. Both nice.

I did appreciate the grounds. The view of the falls is to die for. Lovely walk to the Jungle Junction for breakfast (five star) each morning. Loved the wildlife that hung around the hotel grounds, particularly the wart hogs.

As for price, I was here as part of a packaged tour. I would probably pass if I had to pay rack rates. But, I was glad to stay there this time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The victoria falls hotel allows you to step into a time of many decades ago. Honestly, you will find the vic falls hotel has more to offer than the falls themselves, which you can see in a few hours. Service and food is impeccale.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed for six nights at The Victoria Falls hotel and would gladly have stayed another six. The whole place reeks of understated elegance, with not a single thing I'd change. The breakfast each morning was wonderful and in such a superb setting, the roar of the falls always audible and the spray visible. We had room 27 and it had a fantastic view, we watched the sun rise each morning and enjoyed watching the wart hogs kneeling down to graze on the lawn. cocktails each evening on the terrace is a must, food was limited but not too expensive and very fresh. The Livingstone room was a bit disappointing the night we chose to dine, we were virtually alone in a vast space, it felt a bit like The Eastbourne Winter Gardens out of season. The pool area is very comfortable and we found the lunch time barbecue very good value.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Staying at his hotel was like a dream. Everything were perfect. Service was excellent. Dinner at the terasse was amazing. Breakfast with a view at Victoria Falls was an experience I never will forget.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

This hotel is the perfect place to stay for very easy access to the Victoria Falls. In fact one can see the falls from the hotel grounds and hear its roar from your room and see the mist early morning

The decor of the hotel lives up to its name- Victorian furnishings and art work. The food is delectable and the setting of the Jungle Junction restaurant is inviting especially at nights as dancers add to the jungle atmosphere.
Be careful not to take a room on the corner bottom floor ,say room77. it has single beds. tiny bathroom and NO VIEW. We requested a change and got a room overlooking the lovely grounds and within sound of the falls. The bed was huge and comfortable with monogrammed pillow cases and great thread count sheets.The staff lowered the mosquito nets for you at nights and left chocolates or cookies for you !
i was pleasantly surprised to behold a map of my home country among other colonial islands in the hallway! The colonial history of Brittan is proudly displayed throughout the hotel.

My friend and i had side by side massages and we were both unimpressed. The ambiance of the spa was inviting though
On a sour note the porters damaged my Samsonite hard suitcase. I am still awaiting compensation ....Nevertheless a beautiful hotel with style and taste.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Wonderful Classic Hotel great views, African dance show, walk to the Falls, good food and service
High Tea available for those traditonalists or others who like that or, staff and management friendly good tours available drawback to the area (not the Holel itself) once you get of Hotel property walking to the Falls vendors can be very assertive- just ignore , but it is annoying.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Victoria Falls Hotel

Address: 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls PO Box 10, Zimbabwe
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Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Spa Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#5 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
#7 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range: $345 - $975 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Victoria Falls Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 
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