Royal Livingstone Hotel

Reviews of Royal Livingstone Hotel

Excellent(93%) From 75 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 75 of our travellers who have visited Royal Livingstone Hotel, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs P from Hampshire
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

a real indulgence which ticks all the boxes location & service world class
even the food was value for money although drinks can be pricey
only thing to be aware of is that they want you to vacate your room by 10.30 & this can be awkward with a later afternoon flight although after speaking to manager i was able to secure room to 1pm

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Mr B. from Reading
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury close to the awe inspiring

At first the hotel with its personal butler service and hand massage on arrival seemed a bit over the top but the warm charm of our butler, Nefunta and the rest of the staff soon won us over. There was also a notice about the electricity generator and we were told that the rooms close to the generator were being left empty.

We especially enjoyed the dinner menu which had a small, changing selection of carefully thought out and prepared dishes and the chef each evening spent time with us to discuss the food, which we appreciated.

The park in which the hotel was set is beautifuly kept, a green oasis in a parched Zambia awaiting the rains, with easy access to the Falls. Seeing the Falls at this time of the year was really interesting as we could study its geological structure; luckily we have seen it in the past in full spate.

The swimming pool was lovely to look at but not as secluded as the one at the Taj Pamodzi which we preferred using.

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Mr & Mrs B from California
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Should have stayed longer

The Royal Livingston is inviting. Service exceptional.

Beautiful setting for swimming pool and would spend a third day there just to enjoy the grounds of the Hotel.

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Ms SF & Mr JMW from Greater London
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Giraffes to welcome us & zebras on the lawn

John particularly liked the ceiling fans, which were a feature of life in Northern Rhodesia, as Zambia was known in his previous time there. The hotel evokes that earlier age, despite being only about 15 years old. It is rather a marvellous place to stay and in a wonderful location.

We went on the train, which was splendid, and on the river safari, which was very good indeed, and also on the tour of Historic Livingstone, which was very interesting, taking us to places about which we would otherwise have known nothing at all. As mentioned, there was some difficulty about wheat- and dairy-free food, but eventually we found our way around the system.

We spent two days in the area just outside the hotel grounds in the vicinity of the Victoria Falls. It was very good to have free access to this park included in our hotel residency. Our "Butlers" were all very good, in particular Luke, who seemed to appreciate a little repair I had done to make the cupboard light work properly!

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Bridget
Arrived on: 9-May-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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royal livingstone

I had a really terrific food poisoning, probably attributed to a prawn ciabbata sandwich eaten on the first day. God bless imodium, ciprofloxacillin and dioralyte! Someone in the kitchen isn't washing their hands, my husband was ok but at one point I was concerned about how to get to the flights!

Food is not as good as it used to be last time we were there. The suite was brilliant, we were so grateful for it especially when I was ill.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these travellers became ill during their stay at the Royal Livingstone. We will look into the matter with the hotel and reiterate to them that food hygiene is of the utmost importance.

Jane from Colne
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Vic falls option

Lovely Sun Int hotel with indoor bathrooms but it was all fur coat and no knickers. whilst the staff were lovely they lacked service skills and need more training in many cases. The food was the worst we had all week.

Fab rooms in a great setting but you are plagued by heli and micro lite noise all day if sat on the deck or round the pool

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Mr. E - Guildford
Arrived on: 28-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

Falls short of what expected in a 5 star hotel. For example, no info. in room on what is available, on opening times, no site map etc. No list of phone numbers, nor any attempt to collect guest feedback.

Staff provided info when asked on specific points, but erratically - eg., that pool available from 7am, arrived at 7-30 to be told opens at 8am. Requested a drink and a snack at 9-10 pm to be refused because they ceased snacks at 9pm - no way of knowing this in advance. When we arrived were asked to wait while receptionist checked our room ready. 40 minutes later, gave-up and went for lunch. Bottled water from previous day is removed from room after breakfast but, oddly, not replaced until early evening.

Staff cheerful and aimed to help, but obvious shortcomings in training. Management might learn a great deal from a short visit to the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Rooms were perfectly large enough, despite many negative comments on Tripadvisor. and elsewhere regarding their size.

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Mr Nelson from Baar
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great place, wonderful location

This is a magnificient place in a great location.

Very frinedly staff. You could not get a better place, - when at the pool you see the mist from the Victoria falls.

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Mr and Mrs SA from Norfolk
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A Hotel as it should be

We saw the Falls in full flood last year. This year there was a draught and next to no water in the Falls. We went swimming in the Devils pool at the top of the Falls, a spooky experience to say the least.

The Hotel may be old but is still an excellent site with the best of services and an unbeatable location.

Why stay anywhere else one would have to say?

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Mr and Mrs E
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

Pure luxury!

Staying at the hotel after the safari was definitely the best way to end the holiday - gave us time to relax and enjoy some free time. Would definitely stay there again.

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