The predominant reason for all the tourist business the region are the Mosi-Oa Tunya. The Victoria Falls.
A stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel has to be another reason.
The colonial history and the location combine to make this a 'must do' attraction.
Over the years I have either impressed or very disappointed by old colonial hotel stays. As we tend to stay for a few days minimum any gloss can and will fall off quickly
Thankfully, and impressively the VFH falls into my first rate category. The service, amenities and the attention to detail are to be commended.
One must keep in mind the reason for the existence of the hotels, town and all other aspects to living in this area rotate around Tourism - with a capital T.
The staff are wonderful characters each representing the VFH whether they be gardeners, porters or management etc.
Our Deluxe room was nothing outstanding. Comfortable, original features maintaining the era of the building. However the view towards the falls with its spray, rainbows and big picture effect is perfect. Watching the Warthogs on the lawns from the Juliet window is also a treat.
The level of service compliments and value adds to the accommodation.
Many of the visitors to VFH are package tourists using the hotel as a base for excursions all over the African land. Trips into Zambia, Botswana are all accessed from this location. So for many the room is the end of the day respite and refreshening station.
We travel differently, wanting to experience the locale through activities and our accommodation.
As such we spend considerably more time within the hotel permitting us to we watch and assess the systems, the roles and the desire of the establishment to please.
I would recommend The Terrace for AlaCarte Dinner rather than the buffet at Jungle Junction.
Food offerings include a good selection of local game, which was beautifully cooked and presented by the kitchen staff. All staff here are so approachable that I had a conversation with the head Chef regarding some of the food.
If you are not satisfied the issue must be raised with the respective attendant.
Breakfasts at JJ are fantastic as you can begin your day with a cool glass of Champagne to accompany the large selection of quality food on offer. The eggs chef is a blessing.
The staff again are wonderful.
The selection is varied and reasonably priced. In fact the general prices of items within the hotel are the same as the prices out in the township and it's shops. The Graham Beck Shiraz was most enjoyable by candle light on the Terrace.
The longer you stay the more the staff see you and begin to strike a hotel friendship. With some fabulous names, for instance Happiness who serves in the pool area it is easy to just slip into a relaxed position. If you require anything - ask. This is a fine proud hotel and they will go as far as possible to make your stay pleasurable and memorable.
Would recommend a stay for 3 or 4 days minimum.
Annoying issue is the WiFi connectivity. You are granted an allocation of 600mb but you are not informed of your usage until it drops out. At this stage you have to ring for another password and obtain you next 600mb. The management would (I assume) have their rational for the limitation but as a high user running 2 portables the calls for the new passwords can be irksome. The limit may suit emails and checking your online requirements.
Noisy old school Airconditioner.
High sided step in bath with shower over. Not too many visitors would have time for a bath.
Truly a world class hotel where you are made to feel part of the experience.
- 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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