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The Victoria Falls Hotel
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

Go to Zimbabwe now! The people ar wonderful and we always felt safe walking around the hotel, town, and Vic Falls. There are people trying to sell you things, but fewer and less aggressive than in many tourist spots around the world. The hotel itself is lovely. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The breakfast is superb! Price for high tea is $25 USD for two! The restaurants are reasonable compared to many other places in the world. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to return to this incredible town and hotel.Enjoy

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

The web page mention that " the dress code has been relaxed for the convenience of the guest". We were smartly dressed but not allowed in (there were other guests that were also not allowed in - the restaurant were completely empty!) If you are on holiday and like to have a nice dinner you do not need to be treated so negative! We went to a nearby hotel and had an excellent dinner. Would have thought if you are a guest you would be treated like one!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Victoria Falls Hotel in Room 201! We found the hotel charming and oozing British Colonial history. Put into context, the spectacular settings and views are stunning and the rooms are not modern. However, we went there to see the hotel and surrounding areas for what they are, not for what they aren't! Wonderful time and recommend it to anyone who has Victoria Falls on their "sites to see/do" list! Service in the restaurants seems slow but the pace offers more time to enjoy the view and the surroundings.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

The view of the bridge between Zim and Zam is stunning and seeing the spray from the falls is unforgettable. Staying at this historical hotel is great for imagining how things must have been at the start of the 20th century.....The grounds are immaculate and the many sitting rooms in the hotel (complete with many photos/paintings of the British Royal family) very comfortable. So saying the actual rooms where you sleep are small and our bathroom was poky. Breakfast was OK but not really 5 star IMO. We enjoyed our last night in Africa in this hotel but were glad that we had chosen the A'Zambezi for value for money for the start of our stay in Vic Falls.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

No doubts, the location of the hotel and the style of the hotel is magnificant!
The Falls are just 10 minutes by feet from the hotel.
Tip: go to the falls early in the morning (around 6!). We did it and were almost alone at the Falls! It was great!

The rooms are ok. We did not expect too much for this price.

Breakfast was ok. The view from our breakfast table to the "Falls Clouds" was great.

Only thing we were not happy with was the service. Especially the lady at the reception was so arrogant and unfriendly that we couldn't believe she is working in hospitality.
(Fortunately the portier was much more friendly and supportive!!)

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

The Vic falls Hotel is one of these perfect places....The views are absolutely stunning, the service is perfect, the building makes you go bake in time.... The only downside are the rooms which are quite old. Don't get me wrong, I would recommend this hotel to everybody I know but you should be warned that the rooms and bathrooms are very old and need improvement. The Livingstone restaurant is also worth a visit for dinner.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

A splendid hotel in a wonderful place!! You must try the High Tea at the terrace and the dinner at Livingstone room!

Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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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 - $970 (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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