One Century Plus Ten
One Century Plus Ten
The Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the most famous hospitality establishments in the world, this year celebrates its 110th anniversary, marking a ‘Century Plus 10’ of service to its global clientele
One of only a handful of hotels to achieve centenarian status in Africa, The Victoria Falls Hotel is now on its journey towards a second centennial and is reconfirming its status as the most prestigious hospitality venue in the Victoria Falls area.
Playing host to some of the world’s most discerning travellers – including royalty, business leaders and stars of the entertainment world – the hotel has developed a reputation for comfort and elegance, as well as for service, cuisine and the various amenities and facilities on offer to guests.
The Victoria Falls Hotel has almost 180 guest rooms, including a presidential-style suite and a selection of honeymoon, executive and standard suites. The double-storeyed bedroom wings spread out across the grounds, which are magnificently laid out and maintained and offer guests a visual delight at all times of the year.
In the central public area are the famed Livingstone Room restaurant with its ceiling fans and Edwardian elegance, Stanley’s dining and tea verandah and various lounges. Across the garden is Jungle Junction, a fairly new addition where buffet breakfasts and dinners are served, the latter enhanced by traditional dancers and choirs performing for diners, while nearby are the swimming pool and surrounding terrace, as well as the all-weather tennis courts, which have flood lighting for night-time enjoyment of the game.
A popular and unique feature of the hotel is a chapel, opened in 1932 to offer guests and local residents a simple but charming place of worship. In addition to a regular Sunday morning communion service, the chapel hosts weddings and other ceremonies by arrangement.
Curio shops, a beauty salon and a hair salon, plus a business centre are also features of the hotel’s public area.
A hotel with a long tradition of excellence can usually boast a string of successes, and so it is with The Victoria Falls Hotel, which has been host over the years to momentous events of regional political significance, and to a long line of rich and famous guests from all over the world, as well as playing a solid role in leading Zimbabwe’s hospitality and tourism sector by example.
“As we celebrate this Century Plus 10, as we have called it, we have re-affirmed our commitment to excellence in all that we do and to hosting, on behalf of Zimbabwe and all Zimbabweans, guests from all over the world,” said GiulioTogni, General Manager of the hotel.
“As a key player in tourism in this region and as a window into Zimbabwe for the world’s most special travellers, we are proud of what we have achieved and we are determined not only to maintain our standards but to continue building them up so that we remain at the forefront of the industry.”