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The River Resort

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Ban Phaphinnoy, Champasak, Laos
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful, clean room with magnificent view of the Mekong. Our room had an indoor and outdoor shower. The outdoor shower was the favorite. Food was delicious and well presented and staff was helpful and pleasant. AC worked always, hot water with great pressure, great food, pool was refreshing and clean, can not say enough of about this gem of a... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for having posted a wonderful, 5-star review on TripAdvisor of your visit to The River Resort. Our staff - most of whom are local men and women with no prior experience in the hotel industry and many without an education beyond junior high school - are very pleased to know that you had an "amazing"... More 

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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the River Resort as a base for the Bolaven Plateau rather than staying in busy and dusty Pakse. The settin on the edge of the Mekhong, surrounded by mountains and rice fields was sublime. As a family we booked the top and bottom floor riverside villas with children staying below. The staff couldn't have been more attentive... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Yours is a truly wonderful 5* review for which all of us at The River Resort are very pleased and grateful, thank you so much! Your enthusiastic comments will be very helpful to other guests considering a stay with us, including your reference to our sublime setting on the banks of the Mekong River and our evergreen rice paddy; our... More 

Duravel, France
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This hotel is a gem,superb location excellent food service and beautiful gardens .We have visited Laos several times before and will again to stay at this Hotel,which we enjoyed so much ,particularly One and One the tame otters! All the staff were very helpful and kind particularly the General Manager who drove all the way to the airport(30 mins)to return... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear recent guests from France, We are very much appreciative of the generous, 5-star review you have recently posted on TripAdvisor about your stay with us, especially your satisfaction with our gem-like ambiance, food and service (including our GM having driven to the Airport before your flight to return a Kindle computer mistakenly left in your room on check-out). That... More 

Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We travelled to this resort just prior to the start of the rainy season and as there were not many guests we were given an upgrade on our room in one of the houses to the top floor, nice river glimpses and above the small creek/canal and close to the restaurant and swimming pool. The staff bent over backwards to... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear guests, We appreciate your review of your stay with us just before the start of the rainy season in Southeast Asia. I see that you chose one of our Pond/Garden view rooms and enjoyed the Mekong River glimpses from there. Some of our guests prefer those rooms because they like the intimate and very quiet feeling, both during the... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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92 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Stayed here just 1 night at the end of our Mekong Cruise. It has a lovely riverfront location, modern comfortable rooms, ours was at front upper level, very nice pool, nice grounds, friendly staff, good little spa, and good and reasonable resto which is great because there is nothing else around ! View from room and pool out to river... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your very nice review of your recent stay at our Resort for one night, following your several day Mekong Cruise. We are pleased to have received such positive comments about our Riverfront location and landscaped grounds; impressive views of the Mekong from our modern, comfortable rooms; very nice swimming pool; friendly stafff; small but good Spa; good... More 

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This hotel resort was chosen by us for our final night of a hectic tour of Laos. It helped us relax before our long journey home. We tried to get in for two nights but only managed one. In the end we were glad. While it has a lot to commend it, there is very little to do within the... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear Guests, We regret that you were able to stay with us only one night at the end of what you describe as a "hectic tour of Laos". Most of our guests tell us that they truly enjoy the opportunity to relax at The River Resort, while at the same time venturing out for a 1/2 day visit to a... More 

Riverton
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We used The River Resort as a stop over in Laos as we head south and into Cambodia. What a great find. When we landed at the airport one of the staff was already waiting for us, totally unexpected but welcomed. The resort lies on a wide stretch of the Mekong with an island in front composed of strange looking... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you chose to stay at The River Resort when you were on your way through Laos to nearby Cambodia.and that you thought the Resort to be a great find! Yes, most of our guests who choose to stay in a Riverfront Villa enjoy waking to a stunning sunrise from their front verandah. We are also... More 

Greater Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

When we arrived at the River Resort we were captivated by the beauty of the grounds and gardens and impressed by the styling of the accomodation set amongst the trees....but most of all the breathtaking panorama of the Mekong which was right on our doorstep. Having travelled extensively throughout South East Asia over many years and stayed in many wonderful... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

We are thrilled by your generous review of your stay at The River Resort: that on arrival you found the landscape captivating, the accommodations stylish, and the panorama of the Mekong River breathtaking from your doorstep; in summary, one of the best places you have stayed in your many visits to S.E. Asia. It is pleasing to know also that... More 

Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This was a return visit to the River Resort. It's even better than before. The resort's own organic rice field and organic vegetable and herb gardens have matured and now are an integral part of the resort's charm. The landscaping has become more verdant with sensitively placed flowering plants of many types. The setting feels more tropical and lush. The... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What a pleasure it was to have a return visit from you, and also a great pleasure now to have a review from you on TripAdvisor confirming that the second visit was even better than the first, since you found that our organic gardens have now matured and become an integral part of the Resort, the landscape even... More 

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have previously written a glowing review on this resort and that stands. I loved it so much that myself and my now husband decided to host our wedding here with 50 family and friends from NZ, Canada and the middle east. This was the first wedding that the resort had hosted and they exceeded my expectations. I felt special... More 

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David D, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review

It was a great honor for you and your fiancee to trust us with the arrangements for your recent, magical wedding and wedding celebration for close to 3 days at The River Resort. You are correct in saying it was the first wedding we had hosted at the Resort, thus it is wonderful for us to know that everything exceeded... More 

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