The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three IS0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe.
The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished and now combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new.
A ten-minute stroll, via a private footpath, leads to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: the Victoria Falls. The hotel is surrounded by carefully tended tropical gardens, lily ponds and century-old shade trees.
The guestrooms, including deluxe suites with views of the Zambezi River gorges and spray from the Falls, are traditional in style.
The panoramas also figure prominently during afternoon tea, which is served on Stanley Terrace, overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zimbabwe to Zambia. Nestled in idyllic spots, all of the restaurants create unforgettable dining experiences with lovely views and service, delicious cuisine and entertainment. World-class service, and food and beverage choice and preparation second to none, makes the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike.
For romantics, the hotel offers sunset river cruises and can arrange guided game drives, steam train excursions as well as helicopter and micro light flights over the Falls.
Since 1904, the gracious, colonial-style Victoria Falls Hotel has attracted royalty and many discerning travellers.
A large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, fitness center, reading rooms and chapel are all part of the complex.
In March 2012 Victoria Falls Hotel was voted No.1 under ‘Zimbabwe on a plate’ for most imaginative menu, and during December 2011, the Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce voted the Hotel No.1 Provincial Exporter of the Year.
It is the Victoria Falls Hotel that remains the major attraction for visitors. Waking up to the sound of “the smoke that thunders”, seeing the sun rise beneath the mist of one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the lunar rainbow at night, all the while soaking up the history and ambience of a bygone era, is more than unforgettable – it is unique. The corridors reflect and tell the history of this unique part of Africa, with particular reference to the building of the railway from Cape Town to what is now Zambia. It is very much part of the unrealised “Cape to Cairo” dream of Cecil John Rhodes.
|Fast facts about Victoria Falls Hotel:|
|Known as||‘the grand old lady of the Falls’|
|ISO-accredited hotel in Zimbabwe||One of three|
|Number of rooms||161|
|General Manager||Giulio Togni – November 2012|
Various areas were set for renovation at the Victoria Falls Hotel earlier this year, where the Stable wing of 40 rooms is now completed and looking great. “It was anticipated that phase one of the renovations targeting approximately 40 rooms and public areas at the Victoria Falls Hotel was to be completed by the end of July 2013 and in time for the UNWTO conference. Phase two to complete the remaining rooms will commence after the UNWTO conference,” an official said.
“The Victoria Falls Hotel management partners, African Sun and Meikles Hospitality, as well as the property owners, the National Railways of Zimbabwe and Zambian Railways, invested significantly in this refurbishment, with the aim of which is to keep this hotel where it has always been; second to none.
They have recently appointed a new General Manager who is doing a sterling job at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Having spent the previous four and a half years at Royal Livingstone Hotel across the Zambezi River on the Zambian side, Giulio Togni has bought across a great amount of experience and knowledge in the industry.
Date: 18 July 2013