Royal Livingstone Hotel

Reviews of Royal Livingstone Hotel

Excellent(93%) From 64 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 64 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.
The O family from London
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

The hotel was extremely luxurious and in a great position and the staff were really attentive (if a bit over the top - we did not need a personal butler!). But it did feel rather like a pseudo-colonial experience and the extras (such as the food) were very expensive (and indeed not as good as the food we had later in Botswana lodges).

If we went again, we'd prefer to stay somewhere like the Tongabezi/Sinabezi - a bit further from the Falls, but more relaxed and better value.

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Mr & Mrs B from Belfast
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Colonial style hotel

After 7 days getting blown away with wind and dust it was wonderful to arrive at this hotel and relax, if ony for a couple of days. We feel that this was the right way to do it rather than start with the Royal Livingstone and the go on safari, but that's our opinion. This is a wonderful hotel in a location that can't be bettered.

I know that we have seen comments that the rooms are a bit on the small side, but we certainly didn't think so. Sometime the service was a little bit erratic, but it's Africa and that's what makes it so enjoyable. The settings and the grounds are beautiful and the fact that you walk to the Falls in a few minutes makes it was wonderful location. If you want to see the sunset from the Sundowner terrace get there early as all the best seats are taken by six o'clock in the evening.

We took advantage of a River Safari while we were there and were able to see a pod of hippos plus an adult crocodile which we hadn't managed in either Little Vumbura or Lebala which was an added bonus.

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The rock Pipits from London
Arrived on: 5-May-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

It is a magic place , what else can i say . How often do you see zebras by the pool :-)

Evrything you can expect in a top hotel.

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The Larks from Appley Bridge
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

Excellent in most respects-appropriate for 5* hotel... but one problem with one meal. There was an unacceptably long wait before the main course-approx hour and half-and a suitable recompense-such as a bottle of wine - would normally be forthcoming...but it wasn't !

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Wild dogs from Kinross
Arrived on: 29-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

The RL is a beautiful hotel in a wonderful location to see the falls and relax at the end of a safari in Zambia.

The food is excellent, the setting beautiful and the sunsets magical.

The RL is a very "American" hotel without the service to live up to it. The other major turn off was the price of wine which is very overpriced. The process of trying to obtain the information from the staff was often fruitless with constant one work answers... and the staff are looking for constantly looking for tips. The RL is frequented by many American guests in large organised trips so the independent traveller from the UK can find it a big strange in comparison to other, more traditional, African resorts.

That said, lazy days by the pool, an obligatory helicopter ride to see the falls properly, watching the sunset over the Zambezi and enjoying the fine food is no chore....

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The Longclaws from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 13-Jan-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Royal Livingstone Hotel review

Victoria Falls was highlight of the holiday. Hotel was excellent considering state of Zambia.

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Mr H from California
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Go ahead, be a tourist!

We definitely stayed one night more than we should have -- but since I got a cold and my wife a stomach bug on arrival in Africa, it was very good that we had an extra day to recover.

The ambiance is wonderful, but basically it was more touristy than we wanted. The chef is good, but wildly overreaches his level of competence.

Strongly recommended for those who want to chill out at the start or end of an Africa trip.

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Mr S - York
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Relaxing start to trip at Royal Livingstone

The first evening the staff had left lights on immediately outside our room and a lamp inside. When we return after dinner the room was full of insects. We call for service and they sprayed because of the volume of insects then literally swept out the room. On future nights the lights were left out to avoid the problem.

The price of wine was extortionate, a modest South African red which we can buy in England for less than £5 was $58 a btle.

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Mrs S R from London
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Victoria Falls

Excellent position. Best breakfast buffet I have seen for a long time. Lovely pool and deck for sunset drinks although when they had a big function on our second evening there was no bar at the deck. Lack of staff?

The client relations staff have obviously never walked to the Falls. As the water on thh Zambian side was low, we asked about going to Zimbabwe but they were not sure whether we would be able to get visas and then get back easily.
We walked across the bridge, checked with the Zambian authorities they would let us back in, paid $55 each for a Zimbabwean visa walked to the park. saw the Falls and walked back with no problems.

The boat trip to Livingstone Island ( in dry season) is unmissable. It was one of the highlights of my husband's trip that he swam in the pool at the top of the Falls and looked over the edge.

We recommend the museum in Livingstone and particularly the section on David Livingstone, the colonial and post colonial era and lots of information about Zambia up to the present day.

We went to an African restauarant in town - can't remember name but will let you know - which had good food, lovely waitresses in national dress and an entertaining floor show.

Activities at the hotel are really what you make of them. There is a footpath from the hotel to the Falls on the Zambian side and I don't think enough people knew of its existence.

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Mrs Carmine bee-eater
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Opulent.

Extremely good service, wonderful location if slightly isolated.

Beautifully designed rooms. Food over elaborate. We ate at the Zambezi Sun for the 2nd two nights of our stay and their buffet was excellent. On our last morning at the Royal they did a buffet for breakfast which was perfect as you could choose what you wanted rather than eleborate concoctions.

The hotel arranged a taxi for us into Livingstone and he waited for us whilst we visited the museum which was particularly good.

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