The New Luxury Palm River Hotel Victoria Falls Official Opened


Business Reporter

VICTORIA FALLS – The city of Victoria Falls last week saw the official opening of the new and iconic Palm River Hotel, a 73 room hotel by the owners of Ilala lodge that was funded by the Old Mutual group at a cost of 24 Million USA dollars.

Jim Brown, CEO of Spencer’s Creek Group expressed his gratitude to guests, saying “Today we are Surrounded by many establishments who have supported our vision of this impressive $24 million dollar Project. The Spencer’s Creek Group have been in the tourism industry in Victoria Falls for 50 years and Is renowned for our existing property, Ilala Lodge Hotel, located in the heart of Victoria Falls. We Continue to participate, contribute and collaborate with all sectors of local Government, Town Council, Municipality and the local business community.”

The hotel which had been expected to be completed in 2020 met it’s own share of COVID-19 related setbacks which has seen phase one of the project completed.

“The hotel was originally scheduled for completion in June 2020 during the global Covid-19 pandemic, And as a result faced its share of challenges including restricted construction schedules, postponed Logistics and social distancing restrictions imposed on contractors. An extended construction timeline Was implemented to overcome these obstacles and ensure completion to the highest standard.” Mr Brown further said.

The Palm River Hotel opens to the public on the 1st December 2021, offering 31 rooms including 28 Deluxe Rooms, a Presidential Suite, an Executive Suite and an exclusive Villa.

Phase two of the project Will be complete early 2022, bringing the number of rooms to a total of 73 rooms and suites.
The project is expected to create 200 jobs for the people of Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls following the employment of 150 labourers during the construction period.

“during construction we have employed over 150 building labour and countless skilled senior Staff from across the country. Furthermore, the opening of the hotel allows a further 200 employment Opportunities for hospitality staff and personnel from within the local Victoria Falls region.” The Spencer Creek CEO further emphasised.

Palm River Hotel

The hotel is offering an opening special rate of US$189 per person per night inclusive of bed and Breakfast, and based on river-facing Deluxe King or Twin Rooms. Offer valid from 1st December – 28th Located along the shorelines of the Zambezi River, among towering trees, the new Palm River Hotel another development by the Spencer’s Creek Group, owners of Ilala Lodge Hotel is a ten minute walk from the majestic falls.

The hotel was inspired by the Australian Queenslander through use of timber and corrugated iron which was constructed by local architect’s.

“The Palm River Hotel has been inspired by the architectural style of the Queenslander, distinct in its Savvy use of timber and corrugated iron and its consideration of climatic conditions. Highly skilled and Professional teams of Zimbabwean architects and interior designers have taken these principles and Modified them to create a hotel that is at once aesthetic and functional, modern and timeless.” Mr Brown further highlighted

The Spencer’s Creek (Pvt) Ltd was founded in 1970, and completed its first establishment, Ilala Lodge Hotel in 1991. The Palm River Hotel marks the groups’ second hotel, both of which are located within Minutes of Africa’s Natural World Wonder, Victoria Falls. The Palm River Hotel has been developed Together with investment partners Old Mutual Zimbabwe Limited.

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