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Victoria Falls Deluxe Suites: The Rhino Room

The Victoria Falls Deluxe Suites Hotel Review is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report.


Finding a hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is an exercise in patience. I looked for hotels in advance, but the prices were ridiculous. It was well over $300 for a night for nothing special. Instead I decided to wait until I arrived and have the taxi driver provide recs.

The Taxi
Of course, the taxi at the airport required negotiating. The published price was $30 and the taxi mafia did not seem inclined to budge. Instead of rushing off, I decided to wait it out and enjoy the entertainment.

Eventually, a driver agreed to $20 and we were off.

The Hotel Search
The hotel search reminded me of hostel hunting in Myanmar. ‎There were either overpriced hostels or fully booked hotels. Tired, I booked a room at the Rainbow Hotel for $109. Or so I thought. Sitting in the lobby for over an hour, I was told that the hotel was fully booked and that I would be moved to the sister hotel.

The Hotel’s Location
The hotel was not located near the town nor did it have a pool like its sister. A ride to and from downtown was $5 or so, depending on your willingness to negotiate.

The Suite
If my goal was to stay‎ in the middle of nowhere, only have room service, and not see any of the sights, this would be the place to stay. The room was modern with a comfortable bed, great WiFi and a strong pressure shower. The Rhino Suite, as it is called, is on par with an upgraded room at a chain hotel.a window with a brick wall and a brick wall

a cat sitting in a yard
Safari started early

a bed with pillows and a wall mounted lamp a bed with pillows on it a tv on a countera bathroom with a sink and toilet a shower with a toilet and a toilet

The Room Service
With nowhere to go, room service was the only choice. Luckily, the food prices were reasonable and, more importantly, the food was quality. For $21, we had chicken wings, four beers, and pasta alfredo.a plate of food and beer bottles on a counter a plate of food on a table a plate of food on a table

a hand holding a bottle of beer next to a tablet
Wifi good enough to watch Michigan lose to MSU

Overall
The hotel is nice but out of the way. I booked a hotel in the city center because I wanted to be in the city center. Hotels.com has some explaining to do.

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