Reviews of Victoria Falls Hotel
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Victoria Falls Hotel review
An attraction in itself
This vintage hotel is part of a true Vic Falls experience (if you can afford it). We stayed 3 nights and savored every moment: the convenient location, the view over the bridge, the spray clouds from the falls in the distance, the colonial feel, the service, the food, the pool, and the drinks! It was a perfect place to relax after 3 weeks in the bush ;-) We were in Room 69
The peddlers are harmless. All their uncles carved the big 5 figurines. They are all hungry and feeding a wife and children. Talk to them long enough and you can get a feel for their work ethic. Tourist police escorted us several times between the hotel and the Falls, which was a nice change for a regular chat.
We used Wildlife Safaris (Ilala Lodge and the Rest Camp) for our sundowner cruise. Recommend the long helicopter ride (expensive but it was our only time).
We visited the falls our first afternoon just by accident - so many activities to choose from, we made a simple choice and asked ourselves: "what are we here for?" $US30 each person, each entry - plan on dropping a lot of cash in Vic Falls - We were able to return the morning of our departure because it is so spectacular. No rainbow this time (afternoon has rainbow)
Souvenir tee shirts of your trip at Rest Camp. Ask for Oscar who will come to the camp, take your order preferences, and deliver it to your hotel. Saw a couple at a Botswana border post with their version.
You can walk easily to town from the hotel (especially nice through the rail station and along the rails).
The bar does not sell cigars, so bring your own.
Too bad they haven't designed the bar as a gathering place for travelers.
A truly beautiful colonial style hotel including colonial style service, with magnificent outlooks and wonderful settings for both restaurants, and warthog and baboon entertainment on the lawns in front. The location offers views of the bridge, views of the mist from the falls and is an easy 10 min walk to the Victoria Falls Park. Walking into town or to the tourist market is also an easy option. The rooms while due for an update, are still lovely but we did request to move from the area on the first floor above the kitchens extractor fan which was incredibly loud. Just be sure to request quiet rooms!
The many tourist police in place around the area make you feel safe and answer all questions with a smile.
Booking activities in the area beforehand, gives you more time to enjoy your downtime and soak up the ambience.
Victoria Falls Hotel review
Good location to walk to the Falls. Nice history and beautiful gardens.Read more about the whole trip
Very comfortable colonial hotel.
Comfortable hotel with warm courteous staff.
The food in the Jungle Junction restaurant is buffet style with a wide choice of food. Not clear when the entertainment commenced so didn't see that.
Victoria Falls Hotel
It was a bit of a shock on the senses after the last 8 days in the bush, but it was what was needed.
It was comfortable, and excellent for relaxing. Also, it was a short walk to the Falls, which was perfect. We enjoyed our stay, but were pleased we went after our camp experience rather than before like some of the other guests we met in the Camps.
The only thing that wasn't perfect was our pick-up to take us to the airport was late, and we felt that the Wilderness team were not nearly as efficient or friendly as everyone else we met - perhaps that was because they were less involved with our trip.
Perfekt start of a wonderful safari
We started our safari to Zimbabwe/Botswana at Victoria Falls Hotel (2 nights) - the perfect place to relax after an exhausting flight from Europe via Johannesburg!
When you enter the hotel you feel like being in the 19th century (with the medal decorated uniformed doorman at the entrance!) and it's a kind of irritating to stay at such a place of luxury in a country like Zimbabwe.
The rooms are good, the food good to excellent (you can choose between 3 restaurants form casual outdoor buffet to luxury gourmet), they have a nice pool and a large garden (with regular visiting of warthogs!) but the best of all is the view: You sit on the terrace or the outside stairs and have an unrestricted view at the Rainbow Bridge and the mist of the falls (the falls you can't see directly). And if you get up not to late (about 06:45) you can observe a spectacular sunrise.
There are a lot of activities you can do around there: from scenic flights over the falls (disturbing: you can hear the helicopters from 08:00 to sunset), bungee jump, boat cruise or whitewater rafting on the Zambezi river, walks with elephants or lions or you just make (what we did!) a nice 10 minute walk from the hotel to the Rainbow Bride and the Victoria Falls National Park and enjoy this miracle of nature by foot!
Victoria Falls Hotel review
We really enjoyed our stay. The hotel has lots of character, the grounds are well-maintained and peaceful, and the staff could not be more accommodating. The rooms are comfortable and in keeping with the character of the hotel. We ate at the Jungle Junction the first night, which is a buffet with a good variety of options and we enjoyed the cultural dancing that takes place every night. We had the 7 course menu at the Livingstone Room the second night - we thought it was excellent value and liked the live music. The location is so convenient, just minutes from the Falls and affording views of the bridge from the terrace. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel.Read more about the whole trip
The Victoria Falls Hotel transports you back to an era where opulence and grandeur were the minimum standards that would be expected by any discerning traveller. This is not a modern hotel with generic images on the wall, and contemporary fixtures and fittings. Instead, it is full of character and features (including the resident Warthog who help to keep the grass trimmed) - an incredibly striking building set in lovely grounds, and with an unparalleled location. It was clean and comfortable - the staff were lovely, and when service was a little slow on occasions, we simply relaxed and enjoyed the views.
We stayed 2 nights at the hotel, and it was the perfect place to access the Falls, just a short 10 minute walk away. We chose not to eat in the formal Dining Room, and instead ate at the more relaxed buffet area, and enjoyed the display of traditional African Dances that was staged in the evening. The food was good (it was a buffet menu for both Breakfast and Dinner, with plenty of options) - and there was a good selection of wines and cocktails as well.
Iconic Hotel overlooking the Victoria Falls
I have long wanted to stay at the Vic Falls having been there many times when I was younger and quite unable to pay for more than a beer on the terrace (and not even that sometimes).
So it was good to get the chance to stay and the experience lived up to expectations although the hotel was somewhat shabby. Staff were super-friendly and the food was good.
The terrace is one if the nicest places to sit and chill in the area. We "wasted" a complete afternoon drinking wine and watching the warthogs and vervet monkeys
One word of warning. The hotel is older (of course) but has very limited facilities for the mobility-impaired and the suites (which we had booked to allow more space) were up a sweeping flight of stairs without any lift. My mum wasn't able to manage the stairs and we had to move her to a much less-attractive room but one that she was at least able to get in and out of. Even then there were challenges with the new room (high bathtub etc). But in the circumstances, it worked out and the hotel did the best they could.
A Return to the Colonial Era
We enjoyed the old world colonial atmosphere and the beautiful lawn and views of the mist from the falls. It was also nice to be able to walk to different viewing locations from the hotel. A few more tourist police might be helpful as they are very effective in discouraging panhandlers.
The banquet/food manager was very helpful in setting us up for breakfast when we arrived later than regular serving hours one morning. Also the bartenders were most accommodating in preparing an "American" martini to suit our taste.
It is very helpful to be able to arrange side trips through the two tourist companies on site.