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“Wow, a piece of history that lives up to it's hype” 5 of 5 stars
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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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Exeter
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Wow, a piece of history that lives up to it's hype”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

We booked ourselves just one night in the Vic Falls Hotel after four days of camping in a roof top tent and would recommend it to anyone. The hotel's faded glamour and comfort is second to none while the view of the bridge while sipping cocktails on Stanley Terrace is something you will never forget. The service was excellent and both the dinner and breakfast buffets in the Jungle Junction were delicious - look out for the sparkling wine at breakfast!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Elegant and historic hotel opened in 1906 and updated recently. Great views of the Zambezi River gorge from the large patio and grounds. Excellent restaurants and a bar on site. Very courteous staff and no security concerns. Our room was moderately spacious with a very comfortable bed. Highly recommended hotel for seeing the Victoria Falls National Park.

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Ketchum, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Rich and wonderful experience. Well manicured property. Great food. I loved watching the naughty little Vervet monkeys ska per around the grounds stealing sugar packets for the veranda tables. Warthogs grazing on the lawn and baboons scaling the building. Our room afforded us a spectacular view of the vapor billowing up from Victoria Falls in front of the sunrise, simply cathartic.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We were there for our honeymoon and had the worst experience ever!staff are completely careless, overstaffed and still no one knows what they are supposed to be doing, waited 30mins for tomato sauce,30mins for the bill, cockroaches in the bathroom and after letting them know they couldn't care less, tv didnt work, asked for a wake up call and no one ever bothered to ring. Despite all that the jungle restaurante was great and staff seemed to be from a diferent part of the business with much more care put into everything! Would not recommend to anyone and would never go back!!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a wonderful hotel with a great deal of history. There were no concerns whatsoever about staying on the Zimbabwe side. I will agree with some of the other comments that the hotel is showing some signs of age. In addition, it would be nice to do a renovation of all of the air conditioner units! You can see the mist from the falls from the hotel and is about a 10 minute walk to the falls. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and allows you to stay and enjoy the various restaurants that they have within the resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is one of those old style hotels that take you back in time when the British were a real power. The prints in the corridors and the paintings reinforce this view. Yes the hotel is old style and some of the features are dated but my visit was a delight.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the food is generally very good, The hotel has 3 restaurants and they each give a different experience - we did have a poor meal in the Livingstone restaurant and I personally would not use this restaurant if I went again - in my view the best place to eat was the Terrace.

It is quite a walk to the falls from the hotel especially when the temperature is at 30 degrees plus and you do need to pay $30 to enter the falls each time you visit but with such a special experience it is well worth it.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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West Hempstead, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The hotel is on a huge property with animals running around. It is a lovely, historic hotel, which could use a little refresher. The room was large and comfortable. You can walk to the falls from the hotel. You can also walk to town and another nearby hotel. We did have a problem when we had dinner at the Terrace Restaurant, very poor service. It was taken care of and we enjoyed a complimentary high tea the next day, which was lovely. Their fancier restaurant requires men to wear nice collared shirts, which my husband didn't have. He had a nice golf shirt but that was not acceptable. A strange request considering most of the people are coming from safari's and don't have fancy clothes. All and all a nice experience.

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Property: The Victoria Falls Hotel
Address: 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls PO Box 10, Zimbabwe
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
#3 Spa Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#5 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
#6 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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