4 of 5 stars Reviewed 9 August 2011 NEW

Victoria Falls Hotel Exterior

I think TripAdvisor should have a rating option between average and very good, nevertheless…
The Victoria Falls Hotel was the first stop on our recent honeymoon.
Our first impressions of the hotel were excellent. The grounds were immaculate with the presence of baboons and warthogs adding to the overall ambience.
We were given lemon squash drinks at reception and check in was fairly straight forward.
A porter appeared and took our luggage to our room and continued to hang about until he got a tip. The smallest denomination I had was $10 so he got a good one, although I never seen the porter again and had to carry our luggage down to reception on the return leg!
We then explored around the hotel and marvelled at the colonial setting and many rooms thta were available to sit in. The crowning view was that of the Falls from the terrace / bar area.
Our room was spacious and clean. There was a TV with limted channels. The bed was comfortable.
We ate at the Jungle Junction restaurant on our first evening and I have to say we were hugely disappointed at the quality of food. Equally disappointing was the service. We were not informed of any etiquette, what the menu was, how many servings we could have or if any drinks were included. Worst of all was there was no price listed.
Given the standards on offer, you can imagine my shock at being hit with a $85 charge when checking out.
We ate a local restaurant on the second night; Spurs on the third. Both were more enjoyable.
There was a lady at the hotel, Barbra, who organised activities for us including white water rafting, elephant safari and a river cruise. Whilst these were pretty expensive they were very enjoyable and would definitely recommend them.
The hotel has an Internet room but the connection speed is very slow.
There is a path from the hotel to the Falls which a guide will insist he escorts you as he expects a tip. It is a short walk and really I should have been more assertive in rebuking his offer.
Entry to the Falls is quite expensive but the views and experience are amazing. You can hire a rain mac for $3 and this will help you avoid a total soaking.
Staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel was an amazing experience and a great way to start a holiday.
Would I go back? No.
I can not comment on accommodation rates for the hotel as we booked an overall package.
The reason for not going back is that I think visiting Vic Falls is something that appeals only once. Apart from that there is not a great deal to do in the area.
Transport, restaurants, shops, bars are all fairly limited.
We were delighted with our stay and feel that 3 nights was just the right duration.
Feel free to message me if you require any information I have not included in the review.

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple