Known fondly as the “Grand old lady of the Falls’’ the luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel is a stone’s throw away from the thundering Victoria Falls. Built in 1904 and steeped in history, the hotel epitomises the elegant splendour of the early 1900s with rich teak furniture and sophisticated décor. With spectacular views into Batoka Gorge, an unrivalled location and a full range of facilities to suit everyone, this remains a top choice for many visitors.
The location of the Victoria Falls Hotel remains unrivalled as the closest Zimbabwean hotel to the waterfall within walking distance of the town itself. Surrounded by manicured gardens resplendent in their variety of trees and flowers, this hotel is an offering of 5 – star luxury, complete with elegant, stylish rooms ranging from standard rooms to luxury stand-alone Stables Signature Wing rooms – ideal for families – right through to the opulent Royal suites and stately Presidential suite.
All the rooms emanate a colonial African tone brought together by warm colours, traditionally styled wooden furniture and a scattered selection of luxurious amenities such as Victorian bathtubs, beautiful four-poster beds, turndown gifts, tea and coffee-making facilities – all adding to the splendour of this magnificent establishment. The en-suite rooms are air-conditioned and include satellite television.
Delicately framed faded maps pictures adorn the walls of the main areas of Victoria Falls Hotel transporting one back to a time of historic old-world charm and brave explorers, of traditional steam trains and royal visits.
The Stable wing boasts its own herb garden, its fresh produce contributing to the fine dining experiences at the hotel. Choose between the opulent signature Livingstone Room with its table’s d’hôtel menus and mouth -watering a La Carte meals and the Jungle Junction serving meals with authentic African flavours, ideal for groups of up to 140 guests. Stanley’s Terrace, with the spray of the falls in the background, is famous for its world – renowned traditional high tea setting and is the ideal venue to enjoy sundowner cocktails or light meals which are served throughout the day.
Air- conditioning and access to wi-fi (which is complimentary) is included in the services offered and additional facilities include the swimming pool, gym and spa treatment areas. Secure parking is available as are conference facilities for various group sizes as well as a laundry facility.
The vicinity around Victoria Falls offers a vast array of activities. Explore the beautiful natural area surrounding the breath-taking ‘’Smoke that Thunders’’ with a knowledgeable guide to lead you through the various lookout points as your marvel at this one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World. For the adrenalin junkies out there – try your hand at navigating the biggest rafting rapids in the world along the Zambezi River or view the magnificent Victoria Falls from above on a riveting helicopter flight, viewing the falls from both sides and flying over Kalunda Island – giving you photographic opportunities that only come once in a lifetime. Enquire regarding various activity rates.
Take an historic Steam Train trip across the Victoria Falls Bridge as you tuck into a scrumptious dinner and watch the sun set behind the magnificent Victoria Falls.
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