Highlights of Victoria Falls Hotel
- The Victoria Falls Hotel has the best location in town
- Colonial grandeur at its best
- Stunning setting for drinks on the terrace
- Choice of restaurants
- Newly refurbished in part
The Victoria Falls Hotel, known as the ‘Grand old lady of the Falls’ has the best location in town. It lies in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side. This venerable five star hotel, built in 1904 has now been completely refurbished and combines the charm of the old with the luxury of the new. Soak up the elegant Edwardian ambience as you sip cocktails on the terrace, which has a spectacular view of the ‘smoke that thunders’. The hotel is set in lush tropical gardens, with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs offering tranquility and seclusion. A leisurely ten-minute walk through these gardens and on the hotel’s private path brings you to the Victoria Falls.
However there is a trade-off with the Victoria Falls hotel. You are getting the ambience and grandeur of a five star hotel in the public areas. At a price which matches most of the four star lodges in Victoria Falls. The reason for this is that, with the exception of the Stable Wing Rooms, most of the rooms are very old-fashioned. This especially shows in the bathrooms. Thus you need to decide what is important to you? A wonderful ‘grande dame’ of a hotel or a good bathroom?
The 161 rooms at Victoria Falls Hotel reflect a gracious colonial style with a choice of standard or deluxe rooms, Stable Wing deluxe rooms, executive suites and the Presidential suite to suit all tastes. With the constraints of an old hotel, the standard and central deluxe rooms are fairly small and simply furnished. (You don’t choose to stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel for the luxurious room quality). However all have air-conditioning, telephone, safe and satellite television. There are inter-leading rooms on offer for families. The room size is broadly the same but the central wing rooms have a better view, overlooking the gardens and towards the Falls. However The bathrooms are very old-fashioned with shower over bath. However they do offer excellent value for money in the context of a five star hotel.
A better level of accommodation is offered in Stable Wing deluxe rooms with larger rooms, new black-and-white bathrooms with ball and claw bath and shower, and a range of additional amenities included in the price. However these rooms do not have any views.
Dining at Victoria Falls Hotel
As befits a five star hotel, Victoria Falls Hotel has a choice of dining options. The opulent Livingstone Room offers fine dining, and even dancing to a live band. The Jungle Junction is much more relaxed and is justly famous for its extensive breakfast and dinner buffets with ethnic entertainment in the evenings, whilst the Pool Deck offers a range of delicious healthy lunches. But perhaps the most famous is Stanley’s Terrace, the rendezvous for African adventurers for over a century, which still provides the perfect setting for light lunches, afternoon tea and cocktails whilst also drinking in the view of the Victoria Falls bridge.
Facilities at Victoria Falls Hotel include reading in the Bulawayo room or library, relaxing by the swimming pool or playing tennis on the two floodlit courts. There’s a spa offering a range of treatments include the option of an outdoor massage.
Deluxe Central RoomsDeluixe guest rooms are spacious, well appointed, furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an out of Africa feel. All rooms are air-conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satallite television and a personal safe.
Standard RoomThe standard room services include same day laundry and 24 hour room service. Inter-leading rooms are also available for families where parents can occupy a room that links the neighbouring children’s room through a private doorway.
Deluxe Room StablesAll rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation.
Honeymoon SuiteAll rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation.
Executive SuiteAll rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation.
Presidential SuiteAll rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation.