Jun 2, 2010
The brochures often refer to the Victoria Falls Hotel as “the grand dame of the Falls”… Well in this case the hype is true. A grander queen doesn’t exist in Africa! And she has a new spring in her step after recent renovations which brought the hotel back to its original colonial era glory… with a few nods to contemporary comfort. The hotel has not lost charm of its classic ambiance, unlike almost all other refurbished hotels. And its just minutes away from the world famous Victoria Falls. You see the spray from the falls on the balcony at lunch, and hear its quiet thunder all night.
Set in lush tropical gardens within Victoria Falls National Park, it provides a tranquility and seclusion that is hard found anywhere. The hotel has all of the luxuries you could want including air-conditioned rooms, satellite television, room service, floodlit tennis courts, an Edwardian-style swimming pool, lounges, reading rooms, restaurants and more. But all in grand, nostalgic style. I never tire of wandering the halls after dinner in the dining room where the same old gents have played the piano and horn for the last 20 years. The artwork and colonial ads and cartoons are fascinating. A museum within a hotel. The food is good as well… maybe for the first time ever! With a great young chef from Scotland who has a fondness for fresh Scottish Salmon! I am sure Livingstone would have walked a few extra hundred miles for a taste of fresh salmon in dill.
The Victoria Falls Hotel is definitely back! My favorite hotel in all of Africa.
-Cherri Briggs, President, EXPLORE inc.