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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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South Florida
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“Old Time Charm”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our group of 8 felt like we went back in time to an old Plantation home when we stayed here for 2 nights. It was clean and the rooms were large. I believe all 4 of our rooms had both a shower and a tub. The beds were very comfortable and had mosquito netting. Internet service was provided and it was good service, our only time during 12 days of being plugged in.

The food was good and everyone found something on the Stanley's Terrace menu to eat. There is not a giant selection to choose from but it is good and fresh. Service is good, but sometimes slow so sit back and relax and enjoy the view of the Falls mist rising. Jungle Junction has a huge breakfast buffet spread! Anyone should be able to find something to eat because the variety is superb and it was all delicious. We had dinner here one night for the show. We all enjoyed it but I think it would have been better if the announcer had a microphone because we couldn't hear half of what he said. We did not eat in the Livingstone Room because none of us had Smart Casual Wear. The prices for food were a tad on the higher side so be prepared, you are at an upper end hotel after all.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed August 21, 2014

We chose to stay at the Victoria falls hotel after a 10 day camping safari through Botswana and Namibia and after a few years absence it is still in great condition - our room obviously recently renovated and updated, the setting near the best to soak in a real colonial African experience.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have stayed at the Victoria Falls on many occasions in the past and it never fails to deliver. On this last visit I was travelling with a small group and it was such a pleasure to witness their absolute delight and appreciation at what this ‘Queen of Hotels’ offers. Zimbabwe has been through some tough times but all through that period the Victoria Falls Hotel maintained her standards and remained a shining star through the darkest years. Staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel is an experience in itself and it is no wonder that it has featured in the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ for so many years. In 2013 the Livingstone Room restaurant achieved recognition as one of the world’s top 10 hotel restaurants.

The hotel is in easy reach of all the facilities on offer in the Victoria Falls area yet is set in its own quiet location away from all the hustle and bustle. The gardens of the hotel are magnificent but simple and the views of the Victoria Falls bridge and gorge are absolutely superb. People appreciate the Victoria Falls Hotel for different reasons but for me it’s the grandeur and history and a reminder of the vision and determination to succeed of the early settlers.

Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel exudes colonial Edwardian charm typified in it’s design spaciousness. The hotel has always sought to maintain its uniqueness and historical links whilst at the same time offering guests modern facilities. The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment which has been very tastefully done and is in keeping with a property of this standing. The meals at the hotel were excellent and we had the pleasure of dining one evening in the Livingstone Room. Regrettably there is no longer a requirement for jacket and tie and the dress code is now smart casual although many guests chose the former attire in keeping with the restaurant’s ambience.

There are many things to do in and around Victoria Falls and the staff at the hotel are only to pleased to help and advise. In the hotel in the Palm Lounge is a display of Larry Norton’s paintings which is well worth a visit. Larry Norton is one of Zimbabwe’s most accomplished and best known artists and his paintings of animals and landscapes command hefty prices around the world. For those with more moderate budgets, prints have been beautifully reproduced on canvas and can be purchased from the gallery.

The hotel is full of wonderful history and I recommend taking the time to wander through the corridors and viewing the many old photographs. The hotel is also famous for its ‘high teas’ which are absolutely delicious.

For such a magnificent property the hotel’s website image is somewhat clumsy but has the information you need.

I can’t recommend the Victoria Falls Hotel strongly enough.

Sean Kelly

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 20, 2014

Husband and I have just spent one wk at this beautiful hotel before continuing to Botswana for 4 days. This hotel is just lovely, built in 1904, colonial style with lots of comfy sofas to sprawl on. Rooms are very comfortable, mosquito nets over beds but we did not see one mosquito, probably because it was the dry season. Immaculate en suite. Stair carpets are a little tired but rest of hotel is superb.
The hotel stands in lovely grounds with wild boar grazing daily, plus mongooses, baboons and monkeys. Elephants come right up to garden gates, more so at night.
Stunning views of the mist that rises from the Victoria Falls. Tip, ask for a room on the first floor overlooking the Falls.
3 restaurants, Jungle one for breakfast and dinner (out doors), Terrace, and superb Livingstone restaurant for special occasions. Excellent food. If you fancy a change of venue for dinner, try the Hotel Ilala's Restaurant (Palm restaurant) just 100 metres away.
We felt fairly safe walking around but in general better to do so during the day rather than dark. There are a few hustlers, trying to get you to give them US dollars or English pounds, for a trillion Zimbabwe dollars which are now extinct. We used US dollars everywhere. Guide books will tell you that MasterCard is not accepted at Vic Falls but that is not true. However, you do need an alternative just in case as card transactions do not always work. Visa debit or cash are good alternatives.
The choice of safaris and other activities is huge. Everything from helicopter flight over the falls (£99 for 12 min flight but stunning views and worth it) to bungee jumping (no, did not try), bird watching, rhino hunts, typical African homestead (very informative) and so on. And there's chill time too, lovely clean swimming pool with a Moorish style shaded room with towelling covers on sprawling seats. Just lovely.
No hesitation in recommending this hotel, rarely rate 5 stars but this hotel deserves them.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Elmsdale, Canada
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

Stayed here 1 night in July. Beautiful older hotel. Lots of eclectic decorations and historical pictures on the walls. Grounds are well maintained and beautiful. Room was very nice and clean. Super comfortable bed. From outside on the terrace there's a great view of the mist rising from Victoria Falls and the bridge that connects Zim and Zambia can be clearly seen. There's a dirt footpath from the grounds to the entrance where you enter to see the falls. Ate supper at the hotel. Was a large buffet with a show. Food was amazing! Nicely displayed and very tasty. Would definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Truckee, California
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

We absolutely loved this hotel! It was built in the early 1900's in the grand and glorious style of yesteryear. If you like columns, spiraling staircases, huge woolen rugs and beautiful appointments, you'll thoroughly enjoy your stay here. Our room was a suite consisting of a lovely sitting room containing a sofa, tables, refrigerator, and a view of the interior courtyard. Plus a separate bedroom with a king bed, sitting area and writing desk. The bathroom was small but lovely. We enjoyed traditional African dancing while we dined one evening, and enjoyed the sumptuous buffet for most of our other meals. We also ordered lunch on the terrace, which afforded a view of the Zambezi River gorge and the mist from Victoria Falls. Stunning. Fabulous Hotel, and a must if you're in Zimbabwe!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

We stayed here for 1 night while we visited the falls and so we didn't really see anything else in town besides the hotel and the park. The hotel has a rather spectacular view of the fall's mist (not the falls themselves) and a good dinner buffet with live, local entertainment (I think the restaurant was called Jungle Junction, we didn't eat at the other 2).

Rooms were nice, but not spectacular. WiFi wasn't particularly user-friendly, but it worked.

The most astounding thing though was how it seemed that I really wouldn't be surprised if I happened to bump into a young Queen Victoria in the Bulawayo Room. I spent some time in the evening exploring the photos on the walls and the parlor rooms in the public spaces. The place is rife with history.

One odd thing I noticed - the door knobs in rooms and hallways were unusually high and I don't know why.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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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
#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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