We stayed three nights at the Lodge and really enjoyed it. Our room was on the ground floor, nice and normal size, with garden access/view. Common areas such as restaurant, reception, pool and bar are great, with a a beautiful view of the spray of the falls. Do not miss to get up just before sunrise to look at the early morning spray, it is spectacluar (at least at this time of the year, when water levels are high). You can also hear the falls.
Staff in general is very nice, with special credit going to the ladies of the tour desk, who are super friendly and super helpful. Only small negative: Restaurant staff is making it very clear that they expect tips for everything, including a self-service breakfast buffet (although breakfast was included, waiters bring you an invoice with the explanation that it is only for giving tips, either by charging it to the room or giving it in cash). Management would be well advised to address this and ask the waiters to tone it down a little bit. Tips should be earned, not demanded.
The location of the hotel is top notch, it takes approx. 15 minutes to walk to the falls or about 10 minutes to walk to shops and restaurants.
In summary, Ilala lodge is a great place, in a great location with very good staff, and we are looking forward to our next stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ilala Lodge is ideally located only minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel, Ilala Lodge has 56 stylish, well-equipped rooms, providing the ultimate in comfort. The top-rated Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge offers delicious al-fresco dining under the starry African skies, whilst listening to the roar of the falls. The staff are attentive and friendly, and ensure your bucket list trip is perfect for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilala Hotel Victoria Falls