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“Older, Colonial Hotel With a Lot of Class”

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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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Los Angeles, California
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“Older, Colonial Hotel With a Lot of Class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

A lot of history and thoroughly enjoyed my two days there. Should have stayed longer. Staff efficent and very attentive. Room was great, very comfortable. Hotel location is convenient to the Falls and down town Victoria Falls. Excellent service and creative bartenders in Stanley's Bar. Did use the hotel computers in the Business Center to catch up on email since many places I traveled were off the grid. Great ambience and enjoyed stayin in such a historical building and visiting the surrounding areas. Will return.

Room Tip: I was in Room 71, on the first floor, a corner room with good views from the windows. Very quiet and...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

We stayed two nights at this "Grand Dam" of a hotel. Everything was wonderful. The staff was so helpful, the views were marvelous, the rooms clean and spacious. Breakfast was terrific with many choices for all different travel tastes. The pool area and cabana was so comfortable and the views from the terrace restaurant were wonderful. We dined at all three eating areas without any disappointment. The 7 course tasting meal at the Livingstone Room was terrific, not rushed at all. All waiters and hotel staff were fabulous… and the ambiance of the hotel is just unforgettable! Highly recommend it!

Room Tip: We had four rooms upstairs over the terrace - 137, 140, 147 and 148 - all wonderful.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Just stayed for 2 nights in this wonderful old hotel full of elegance from a bygone era. It truly is like stepping back in time from the decor to the staffs attention to detail. There are plenty of staff around to make sure your time at the hotel is enjoyable and stress free and that all your needs are catered for. Going to marvel at The Victoria Falls then stay at this hotel.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

A wonderful place to stay. Standard rooms are not huge but comfortable and big enough if you just want to doss down. Tea and coffee facilities in room were most welcome for tea loving Aussies. Bathroom was excellent. Breakfast was an absolute winner-could have stayed there till lunch! Staff terrific and the pool area wonderful. What is there to hate? Nothing. Meals were great and not overly expensive and the grounds are marvellous to walk around or some exercise. Views of the Vic Falls Bridge and the falls OK too. The Vic Falls tour is worth it and also save up for the 13 min chopper flight over the falls. Magic and a must do.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Victoria Falls Hotel is the best in the area. They run a fantastic operation. When we visited the staff as well as the accommodations were terrific. I was very pleased with how clean and safe it was kept. Also, they give a very historic feel to your stay which was a good change of pace.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

I have visited the Vic'Falls Hotel perhaps 24 times or more. And every time, i fall in love all over again. The view from the entrance in amazing. It is back to the great Victorian Time. The renovation(few years ago) have been magnificent. The service excellent, and of course the high tea. Sad, is the Livingston room. The restaurant has lost his old splendor, with the band playing, maitre d; in morning suits. Don't try Zim wines: diabolical, they don't travel well! The only black mark: THE TOURISTS. How awful, to see people wandering around in shorts and trainers at night, when DJ should be de rigueur! No more breeding, I'm afraid. At least, longs should be enforced by the management.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

Our daughter had visited earlier in the year and told us that the hotel's high tea was worth visiting for, so we decided to try it. It was everything we had hoped for. Good service, fresh sandwiches, scones and cakes. The tea itself was local and was delicious. A second pot was delivered quickly and at no extra charge. The grounds of the hotel, which you look out onto from the terrace, were really well maintained. Baboons, warthogs and other wildlife appear on the lawn all the time.The time we spent here was a really pleasant and relaxing experience and something we would really recommend.

The only thing I would be careful of at the hotel is the prices at the sculpture workshop in the grounds. We saw very similar sculptures elsewhere in Zimbabwe and the ones priced here at $600 were being offered at $30 and with a bit of haggling, purchased at $20. We know that some of these "originals" sold elsewhere are imports but there are genuine items available at much lower prices than on offer here.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 Spa Hotel in Victoria Falls
#3 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#6 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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