Let me say first of all, I'm giving the excellent rating in order to bring the average up to something more reasonable. I stayed recently at the Victoria Monday to Saturday whilst at a conference in another hotel. I come from the UK but have been working in Africa since September 2012. I had already booked before seeing these reviews and nearly cancelled, and am jolly glad I didn't!
The staff were very pleasant - but then, I don't wait for people to be polite to me before I'm polite to them. When I initially asked for an Internet token I was told there were none, when I insisted - politely but firmly - I was escorted by an off-duty member of staff to a neighbouring hotel where I was able to get one, and was shown a number of other useful places in Maseru at the same time. The food was fine. My room were fine, absolutely what one expect for the price. There was no problem with noise the way my room was facing. I have no idea where the 'nice prostitute establishment nearby' was, but then, I wasn't looking for one....
If western tourists want everything to be the same as it is in the west, my best advice is to stay there - or, pay considerably more for the international chains. If you pay a mid range price in Africa, don't be surprised if things are a little different. I enjoyed being at the Victoria, and would certainly go again. I very much hope that people reading these reviews will try the hotel out. To the staff of the Victoria - thank you for having me, you provided a great service, I look forward to returning to your hotel and beautiful country when I have the opportunity
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Victoria Hotel is a "city centre" hotel located within walking distance to banks and shopping malls. Transfers to other areas of town and/or the Moshoeshoe I International Airport can be arranged by Reception. We have 56 rooms with en-suite bathrooms, airconditioning, tea/coffee facilities and limited Dstv. Single, Double and Family Rooms available. Secure, ample parking is available with 24h security in a 'boomed' area. Our inhouse Restaurant serves buffet style Full Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Daily Specials are also available for the "not so hungry". Our open terrace "Beer Garden" as well as our Main Bar and Swimmingpool areas are very popular during summer and we regularly have guest DJ's entertaining the guests in these areas. Meloling Nightclub is open until the early hours of the morning with an in-house DJ during the week and popular guest DJ's over week-ends. (Closed Sunday and Monday nights). ... more less