Reviews of Ilala Lodge
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Nice restaurant and this is a good, reliable place to stay. Good restaurant and service.
The pool area is not particularly nice though and you don't really have views of the Falls. Anyone would be much better off staying at Victoria Falls Hotel, which has much nicer architecture and better views.
Ilala Lodge review
The lodge itself is lovely together with the staff. After eating in Cape Town, it was more expensive however the food was still good.
The only downside was the building works going on, They are building 22 more rooms, finishing in October 2015 and the builders started at 8am and finished at 530pm. A quiet day by the pool wasn't so quiet with banging and crashing.
Beautiful, relaxing and comfortable.
What a way to return to civilization!! Fantastic on all accounts.
Comfortable rooms, kind staff, great amenities, good food & beautiful surroundings. I had a relaxing message, a nice swim, a great dinner and appreciated the locale for walking to Victoria Falls and exploring the rest of the town.
A definite redo.
excellent stay for Vic Falls
Great location with very good service, food and locationRead more about the whole trip
The best hotel I have ever stayed in!
A small intimate hotel with personable, friendly staff; excellent food and a to die for location.
The rooms were very well equipped, with a first rate shower. Outside of the hotel you are constantly bothered by people trying to sell you stuff, so you need to be polite and firm, although we used it as a good excuse to stay more in the hotel!
Ilala Lodge review
Although the facilities are a little timeworn at the Lodge they are of a decent standard and the layout of the communal areas is very pleasant indeed. Food was always nicely presented and perfectly acceptable, and service, whether restaurant, reception or otherwise, was excellent. So, we enjoyed our stay there.
The Falls themselves are, of course, quite stunning; awesome in fact at any rate in late February when the waterflow is high. I deliberately courted a drenching, and duly got soaked to the skin. We went to the Falls in the morning and took the helicopter flight in the afternoon. We are convinced that that is the best way to get the full experience of the Falls. We ate one evening in the Vic Falls Hotel. We dined, satisfactorily, in the restaurant on the terrace. The main restaurant was completely deserted!
As to the town itself, we particularly liked the Elephant's Walk Shopping Village (in which there is a pleasant open-air restaurant at which we had a good light lunch).
A Great Place to End Our Trip
The setting overlooking the spume of The Falls is wonderful. The walk to The Falls was easy and not as pestered by salesmen as we had feared!
The room was comfortable without being luxurious (and a tad noisy at times as they are building an extension to the Lodge!). Bar and restaurant prices were high compared to Namibia. The restaurant setting was lovely and the service excellent.
I don't think they are used to people staying 3 nights as the meat heavy menu did not vary from night to night!
Great for visiting Victoria Falls.
This is a large lodge with many guests, but it is in a perfect position for walking down to the Victoria Falls. It is very comfortable and the a.c. in the rooms was very welcome (especially as the temperature was around 38 deg. C whilst we were there). The breakfasts were lovely with the highlight of churros every day. The evening meals were pretty good too. It was lovely to eat outside.
We did a trip of an evening safari in Livingstone and Stanley Park, which is a private estate where rhino conservation is a success. After a sundowner we were taken to an outside dining area and had a lovely meal arriving back at the hotel at 9 p.m.
Zimbabwe is very expensive after Namibia. They have aligned their currency with the US dollar. The local population was keen to barter with us using any spare clothes or shoes we had as they find it hard to buy these things.
Ilala Lodge review
Well run hotel on the edge of town.
Easy 10 minute stroll to Victoria Falls which has a good trail system with plenty of viewpoints.
Absolutely lovely hotel; most staff very attentive and helpful, although reception staff a bit brisk in their manner sometimes. Gorgeous, very comfortable room with balcony from which you could see the spray from the Falls and hear them too; lovely bathroom. Very good food, including a separate vegetarian menu for dinner which was excellent. Everything was close by. Great to have a pool to chill out in (literally and metaphorically). One of the best hotels I've ever stayed in.
We were concerned when we got there to find out there were building works immediately to the left of our balcony view. Thankfully this stopped soon after we arrived and didn't continue as we were there over the weekend. It should have been mentioned to us in case we felt we needed to move room or even our hotel given that we had specially arranged a suite for my husband's 50th birthday.