Chrismar Hotel

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#11 of 18 hotels in Livingstone
3.7 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.6 of 5 bubbles
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3.4 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make Chrismar Hotel their hotel of choice when visiting Livingstone. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, and you can stay connected during your stay as Chrismar Hotel offers guests free wifi.

The hotel features room service. Plus, Chrismar Hotel offers a pool and free breakfast, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

While in Livingstone, you may want to check out some of the restaurants that are a short walk away from Chrismar Hotel, including The Old Farm House (0.5 mi) and The Mango Tree Cafe (1.1 mi).

Plus, during your trip, don't forget to check out a history museum, such as Livingstone Museum.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Chrismar Hotel as you experience all of the things Livingstone has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Wifi
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Meeting rooms
Spa
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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4.0 of 5 stars
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May N wrote a review Jan 2024
Nairobi, Kenya26 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is quite expansive and located in a very nice location not far from the Victoria falls. Grounds are quite neat and well kept and the rooms are quite spacious and neat and tidy. The kids appreciated having a TV showing kids channels for evening entertainment. The food is good. We had a hippo scare one evening but that is a part of the African adventure! Only downside was no wifi in the rooms but they promised they were working on it the whole time we were there!I hope they finally did!
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Date of stay: April 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Being in the African bush, beware of insects and bugs!
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Mitch G wrote a review Jun 2015
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Chrismar Livingstone has seen better days. It is however a clean and safe place to stay while you are in Livingstone which is huge positive. It is not, by any means a dump, but there are a number of things that you will notice.
Positives include good location, clean rooms, friendly staff, price, reliable air-conditioning.
Negatives include inside the room we had lights that did not work, the shower dribbled (if the sprinklers outside were turned on,) broken toilet seat, doors that did not shut properly. Outside the room the timber deck between the breakfast room and the pool bar is dangerous and needs replacing - someone will fall through soon, phones inside the rooms were not working, advertised free internet in our room was also not working. Laundry was not returned and it took a couple of days to be followed up.
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Date of stay: May 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Berry M wrote a review Sept 2012
23 contributions20 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent three nights for a conference with colleagues from all over Africa, Europe and USA. The facilities have improved slightly from my last visit there but a lot of work needs to be done to have this hotel of really acceptable standard.
Reception area is not inviting and requires some attention. Staff polite and helpful but one can immediately see that they lack support to make them excel.
Rooms are clean, sleep is not easy because the AC is too high as a result it is ineffective.
Surrounding is well maintained but too many water points and this become source of mosquitoes.
Food is tasty but served late. This makes management of a conference extremely difficult.
There is need to employ an event management person who will attend to the many queries but the conference rooms are fair.
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Date of stay: August 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Make sure you check out the room switches, some are hidden behind curtains
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Jackie L wrote a review Sept 2022
Sheffield, United Kingdom9 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sadly Dreadful. We have stayed here before and had a great experience. Not so this time. Booked and paid in full via Hotels.com for 6 adults. We expected 3 doubles or 2 triple rooms but found we had only been allocated 2 rooms (supposedly doubles but only equipped for one person really). We then had to pay $250 for an additional room. We had travelled for several hours and were looking forward to a lovely shower only to find no water at all - and no offer of any bottled water to drink. No-one mentioned the problem when we checked in but on enquiring we were told that there was a problem with the water supply. It was not restored until the following day. And on the water being sorted, a bath in one of the rooms immediate filled up with dark brown filthy sludge. We are not strangers to Zambia and understand that water and other services may not be totally reliable but the lack of any customer care made matters much worse. The hotel itself is very dated and the rooms badly need refurbishing. The gardens are beautiful and the service e in the swim up bar was great. I don't blame the staff at all for the issues but the management management really need to to take responsibility. We have previously enjoyed staying here but would not book again. The location is fantastic for the national park and we had wonderful game drives and a brilliant party night and wildlife viewing from the cruise on the Zambezi Sun. We have since our return been trying to get Hotels.com to resolve the issue with paying for an extra room but they don't respond to emails and cut you off on ther online chat. In short. No-one is interested. Shame really.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Avoid this hotel
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Khumbo M wrote a review Jan 2024
Blantyre, Malawi6 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was infested with mosquitoes with some bad smells from the planks, shower room had spider webs on the corner, veranda spider webs seem to have been there for ages. Booked three rooms and one room had no air-con, requested for repair but nobody showed up. The wardrobe and chair in the room need to be replaced. On our second night, the roof was dropping some brown moist direct on our bed, guess from the plastic that they use with the grass thatching. Had to check out a day earlier as everyone felt uncomfortable. Breakfast was good but cold.
Nevertheless, the staff are friendly and always available to help. The bar pool was superb but the room experience, where we needed to rest, ruined everything.
Hotel is close by Mosi-O-Tunya National Park.
Not fit for a four star hotel!
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Date of stay: December 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Room infested with mosquitoes and insects. Spraying insecticide did not help!
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SNGMLusaka wrote a review Mar 2023
Lusaka3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A lifesaver quite literally....the only place in Livingstone where the Internet was fast enough for me to do my online work! On top of being welcomed even as a day tripper by Cathy and Chungu the staff were superb. Food is a must too!
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Chirandu wrote a review Feb 2023
39 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Worst stay ever in Livingstone. The showers were cold. The breakfast was served cold. The bathrooms flooded. Despite repeated reporting to the front desk nothing was done about it. Twice frogs were found in the room. To enjoy Livingstone and the falls stay anywhere else but this hotel. Radison would be my choice but that’s another review
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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lee2424 wrote a review Jan 2024
Winchester, United Kingdom58 contributions35 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is a little gem. The lodges are large clean and spacious. The pool and pool bar is lovely. All the staff extremely friendly and happy. And yes they don’t seem to get everything right, but they get it wrong with a smile. You ask for towels you will get soap 🤣. Foods not brilliant, but breakfast is good. But it is a fabulous hotel, central to the riverside, where the sunset is amazing, and food good. And extremely good value.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: We found the sunset boat trip the Lion king great fun. Only a 7min walk from the Christmas
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Ivan and Sarah O wrote a review Oct 2014
5 contributions13 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband needed to do some work in Livingstone for two days and then we were off on holiday. When we arrived at Chrismar we were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff members in a lovely reception area and we were taken to our room through a lovely restaurant/pool/bar area but that was about where it ended.

The rooms are very out -dated, dark and the air-conditioner did not work properly. We did inform reception of the problem, which they sent a guy to have a look but the problem still continued; so for two nights it was very hot and unpleasant.

There are two restaurants at Chrismar: the main one, which we walked through from reception to our room, and another one tucked away behind the back of the car park, which was terrible. We were told that due to a conference being hosted at the hotel we needed to eat at the second rate restaurant for Lunch and Dinner; we decide to give lunch a try and weren't surprised by the substandard food, decor, ambiance etc. We ate breakfast in the main restaurant, which was good; the only gripe being that they only offered juice to drink and no water, particularly problematic considering how hot it was and how quickly we dehydrated. When I requested some water they were hesitant to bring, as there was a charge for water, this seemed to cause a procedural problem for the staff as the rest of breakfast was complementary. Having felt uncomfortable with the whole water ordeal we went into town and bought bottles of water at Shoprite. This is where Ocean Basket is, which is a great seafood restaurant. Another favourite, which we discovered in Livingstone, is a curry restaurant called Golden Leaf, an amazing little gem!!
The other issues we experienced at the hotel didn’t end with the air-cons not working but the gym facilities were out of order, Internet was very slow or didn’t work most of the time and the Hotel is in need of maintenance. In short, Chrismar has some potential, but has a long way to go before it realises that.
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Date of stay: September 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Andrew C wrote a review Jul 2014
18 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon visiting here I should have defiantly checked trip advisor first because some of the problems we experienced had previously been mentioned.
The Chrismar is in a good location halfway between the town centre and the falls. It is also a pretty hotel with it's open foyer and bar and pool area. The only other positive of the Chrismar is the very friendly nature of the staff.
I had planned to stay at the hotel for 5 nights but only had 2 days in which we had working water and this forced us to leave the hotel on the 4th day. When I complained to the desk they had made repeated responses to saying that it would be fixed shortly. This however took 24hrs to fix and then only lasted for 8 hrs before it broke again. We requested that they allow us to visit another hotel for a shower and to use a toilet, this was allowed however the hotel that we where taken to was horrible as well with leaking showers and a toilet that didn't stop flushing.

This was the major problem with the hotel, however there where many more problems. Here is a list of those:

-The bed sheets didn't fit the be properly and the mattress is in need of replacement.
-If you fall asleep on the side of the bed you will end up in the middle because the mattress has been worn thin and you just slide on it and take the ill fitting bed sheets off with it.
-The bed is also to small with your feet usually going off the bottom of the bed and I'm not over 170cm tall.
-The bathroom and room however looked really nice though this hid the facts:
-The baths bubble feature didn't work.
-The tap on the sink when used sprayed out in every direction but down.
-The shower head though large and with many spray points, water only comes out of perhaps 15% of these.
-Also the water that came out of all sources was not very clean at all an had a brown dirty colour. After draining a bath, the bath was covered in the dirt that had previously been in this water. This bad water could also be noted on the towels as towels that should have been white, had a grey/brown tinge to them.
-The sliding shutter between the bathroom and bedroom was broken.
-The doors to the room also had many cracks in them and this allowed some bugs and lizards into the room.
-We were informed wen we where taken to our room that water bottles would be placed in the fridge every day however we only received these on our 4th day even after we complained about this issue on the 2nd and asked for our water.
-The pool is not properly kept clean, I noted that they had an employee skipping leaves out of the pool however there where many more leaves in the pool after they where done. This shows that the pool needs a cleaning system for the pool installed as manual cleaning isn't the best option for such a large pool.
-The hotels wifi was the last issue often it was slow and didn't work in most locations around the hotel and some times wouldn't allow connection or wouldn't load anything.

I enjoyed this hotels atmosphere and staff that is about it, this hotel by far does not deserve it's 4 star rating and is need of a major remodel and kit out. I would not recommend the Chrismar to friends or anyone till it has many of these problems fixed. Because from reading other reviews these issues are not a one off problem.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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lee2424 wrote a tip Jan 2024
Winchester, United Kingdom58 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We found the sunset boat trip the Lion king great fun. Only a 7min walk from the Christmas"
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May N wrote a tip Jan 2024
Nairobi, Kenya26 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Being in the African bush, beware of insects and bugs!"
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Khumbo M wrote a tip Jan 2024
Blantyre, Malawi6 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room infested with mosquitoes and insects. Spraying insecticide did not help!"
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Jackie L wrote a tip Sept 2022
Sheffield, United Kingdom9 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid this hotel"
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Idah Nana wrote a tip May 2019
Lusaka, Zambia6 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Quiet area, you will likely sight one or two monkeys passing by."
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,010 - R 3,616 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ZambiaSouthern ProvinceLivingstone
NUMBER OF ROOMS
59
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chrismar Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Chrismar Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Victoria Falls (4.7 km), Victoria Falls (4.6 km), and Devil's Pool (2.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chrismar Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Chrismar Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Chrismar Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chrismar Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dusty Road Township Experience, Golden Leaf, and The Cassia Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Chrismar Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Chrismar Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Chrismar Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Is Chrismar Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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