Victoria Falls Hotel
Historic, grand, at Victoria Falls
1 Mallet Drive Victoria Falls 011 263 13 44751 Victoriafallshotel.com
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At a Glance
This sprawling resort exudes colonial charm and is located within walking distance of Victoria Falls.
- The incredible views overlooking the falls
- The excellent dining options
- The sprawling grounds with gardens and a magnificent pool
Review of Victoria Falls Hotel
Situated on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel was built in 1904. With a prime position overlooking the spectacular falls, the hotel is a luxurious base for families or couples wishing to explore the area without compromising impeccable service, fine cuisine and gracious interiors. However, it is essential to pick the right rooms as many have not been upgraded to a five-star level. The property was originally built as accommodations for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway, and the railway still owns 50% of the hotel. Today, it retains its genteel heritage, but thanks to a renovation in 2013, some areas feel fresh and updated.
The 161 rooms and suites are spread between the grand main house and the stylish Stables wing, which has a private check-in area, courtyards and complimentary afternoon tea. Each of the accommodations is decorated in period furnishings with mahogany accents, canopied beds and traditional floral. The suites boast lovely views of either the Zambezi River or the hotel gardens; and these are the ones to book.
The Victoria Falls Hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, The Livingstone Room, befits such an iconic hotel with its opulent décor and exquisite à la carte selection and tasting menu. The more relaxed option is Jungle Junction, which serves breakfast in the morning and has an abundant buffet and entertainment in the evening. Stanley’s Terrace offers daily high tea with views of the wide lawn that spills down to Victoria Falls.
The resort houses a small spa, hair salon, fitness center, outdoor pool with food and beverage service and art exhibitions both outdoors and inside the onsite gallery. The hotel can arrange a host of off-property activities such as river cruises, visits to the famous Devil’s Pool, fishing, rafting, bungee-jumping, helicopter tours, safaris at nearby national parks, golfing and market and village visits.
Who Should Stay
Families with well-behaved children as well as couples and groups of friends who want to be located near Victoria Falls and want a formal, colonial aesthetic.