(212 rooms) see the Royal Livingstone, above, for contact details.
This is the lively three-star sibling of the Royal Livingstone, and what a contrast. Crenellated walls are more reminiscent of a north African mosque than of southern Africa, their deep desert red contrasting with the Zambian sky. Vervet monkeys, the bane of the staff, cavort through the colourful grounds as if through a children's playground. Although it's close to the Falls, there are no views of the river, though all the rooms have a balcony overlooking the extensive lawns. Well-designed, if rather compact, each has air conditioning, satellite TV, safe, minibar and telephone, with a bath and shower in the en-suite bathroom. The rooms are very comfortable: the standard of a good international business hotel – but with considerably more flashes of ethnic colour and individuality.
In addition to the extensive buffet restaurant, there's a relaxed al fresco grill beside the extensive pool that snakes through the grounds, or – more mundanely – there's Squire's Grillhouse at the Falls, the adjacent activity centre, or a simpler Italian café. (You can always book into the posh restaurant next door if you want to feel more formal for a while.) The complex also includes a conference centre, a casino, a business centre, and a children's club and playground, Ultimately, though, everything hinges on the location. Just a few hundred metres' walk from the lip of the Falls and the curio market, and with unrestricted access, the hotel's position is unbeatable.