2 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Air Conditioning, Airport Transportation, Babysitting, Banquet Hall, Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Concierge, Conference Room, Dry Cleaning, Family Rooms, Fitness Center, Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, In-room safe, Internet, Kids Activities, Laundry Service, Meeting Rooms, Non-Smoking, Restaurant, Room Service, Salon, Satellite TV, Self-Serve Laundry, Shuttle Bus Service, Spa, Suites, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, Wheelchair Access, Wifi
More than a decade of political strife has done nothing to alter the world-class views of “The Smoke That Thunders”...
More than a decade of political strife has done nothing to alter the world-class views of “The Smoke That Thunders” (Victoria Falls) seen from the Victoria Falls Hotel, which at one time was the most luxurious property in town. During its early 20th century heyday, this was where everyone who was anyone stayed. Today it’s slightly frayed around the edges, feeling more nostalgically glam than outright posh, but it’s hard to be too disappointed as any shabbiness is diluted by the ghosts of its history-laden glory days. Constructed in 1904, the Victoria Falls Hotel remains a stylish emblem from another time, and stepping inside feels a bit like traveling back in time to the hotel’s zenith as a swanky outpost for the British Empire’s most elite citizens. To really get a feel for the history of the place, spend some time perusing the sepia-toned photographs portraying decades of history lining the hallways. Less appealing are the old animal trophies, also found in public places, so ancient the fur is falling off and they give an air of shabbiness that could easily be removed if they weren’t there. Still, it is a grand spot to spend the night, and as we mention earlier, it’s pretty near impossible to beat the views of the falls.
When it comes to the 161 guest rooms, they have been updated to account for modern style with flat-screen TVs, air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Although the hotel looks and feels historic, the management is anything but outdated: the property operates under a partnership between two of Southern Africa’s top brands, Sun and Meikles Hotels. Beyond the 21st century amenities, however, rooms stay true to their hundred plus year old history with mahogany and wicker furniture against creamy white walls and old-fashioned drench shower in the baths. The grounds are equally appealing with all manicured lawns, flowering bushes, and sweeping views of the falls, bridge, and gorge. Leave your windows open at night to fall asleep to the roar of water falling over the edge of one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
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