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The River Resort

3.5 of 5 Ban Phaphinnoy, Champasak, Laos
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our first trip to Laos and our first few days were a whirlwind. We flew to Pakse to stay at this hotel whilst visiting the 4000 Islands and other temples in the area. The accomodation, food and service were wonderful. The setting on the banks of the Mekong is beautiful and we immediately felt relaxed. Nothing was too... More

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

Dear Guests from the U.K., We at The River Resort are very happy to know that you found our Resort a "wonderful place to stay" on your first trip to Laos; that the accommodations, food and service you experienced met your standards; and that you found our Mekong Riverside setting both beautiful and relaxing. That you gave us '5 stars'... More

London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first stop in a three week tour of Laos. We were tired and weary after a very long journey from the UK, but this oasis lifted our spirits and expectations of what we hope will be a wonderful exploration of a country that is new to us. The room is spacious although I would prefer more storage... More

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

Dear Guests from London, We are very grateful to know that you found The River Resort in southern Laos to be "simply wonderful" as the first place you visited on your recent 3-week tour of Laos, an "oasis" that lifted your spirits and expectations for the rest of your trip! We are especially pleased that you enjoyed the stunning Mekong... More

London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm trying to write this review without indulging in too many superlatives. We've just returned from 3 weeks in SE Asia and this was absolutely the best place we stayed, hands down. If you are looking for somewhere utterly tranquil and luxurious to re-charge your batteries I would highly recommend the River Resort. The staff are all exceptionally professional and... More

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

Dear recent guests from London, What a thrill it is for all of us at The River Resort to hear that our Resort was "absolutely" the best place you stayed on your 3 week journey in S.E. Asia, "tranquil and luxurious"; "exceptionally professional and friendly" staff; spacious guest rooms and a second, outdoor shower overlooking the mountains; grounds and river... More

Bangkok, Thailand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely nothing was wrong with the hotel... okay, maybe they could have a bigger menu, but the food quality at the restaurant was great, staff was well trained and helpful without being intrusive, and our excursions were well thought out. We were lucky to go at the end of Buddhist Lent, so as a bonus, we saw Wat Phou (which... More

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

Dear Friends from Bangkok, Thank you very much for your review of your stay at The River Resort last week. We are very pleased to know that you found the quality of our cuisine to be excellent and the serving staff well-trained and helpful, our private Sunset Cruise on the Mekong lovely, and the sightseeing on the 4,000 islands impressive.... More

Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Understated luxury in this hideaway of a resort. The enormous and exquisitely furnished rooms in stand alone buildings that are scattered amongst the gardens and working rice paddies of the property. The staff warm and welcoming and always helpful. Restaurant excellent, with both Lao and continental food. Great bar and cocktails. The resort is along the Mekong River, and this... More

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

Dear guests, Our management and staff are very pleased and grateful to see your enthusiastic review of your recent return (3rd time) stay at The River Resort. We are thrilled that you still feel that we are "one of the best and most unique hotels [you've] visited" and that you particularly liked your spacious room in one of our Pond/Garden... More

Ballarat, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

An idyllic setting with all units overlooking either the Mekong or the garden. Rooms were spacious and cleverly designed with a balcony and indoor and outdoor showers. It is located in the Laotian countryside between Pakse and Champasak. It is in an ideal location for peace and quiet with a pool and restaurant. River cruises and spa also available. Staff... More

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

Dear guests from Australia, Thank you very much for your very gracious 5-star review, titled "Luxury Resort," of your recent stay at our River Resort. That you found our setting on the Mekong and in lovely gardens idyllic; rooms spacious and well-designed; "an ideal location for peace and quiet" with a pool, restaurant, River cruises and spa; and our staff... More

Vientiane, Laos
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Resort has beautiful rooms, with ac, slow-wifi, in/outdoor shower, tv (the works) nice balcony with view over the Mekong (if you wake up in time you can see the sunrise over the Mekong). Nice swimming pool, and open restaurant. The food is OK, but I would say that the restaurant does not provide value for money, we ended up... More

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

Thank you for the candid review of your recent stay at our Resort. We are very pleased that you found your two rooms and their Mekong River view, as well as our infinity pool, to be beautiful, but we apologize that you found our food to be over-priced. In fact, some of our guests try local restaurants in town and... More

France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Very beautiful, magic and quiet place. Rare, peaceful and precious surroundings and environment. Very Eco friendly. Absolutely spectacular views on the Mekong. Staff treats you as a King. We haven't tried Western dishes, but the Eastern dishes are GREAT (and - of course - expensive by local standards), along with some of their cocktails. Breakfast are hearty and delicious. We... More

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

Thank you ever so much for your recent TripAdvisor review, labelled "Wonderful!" It is gratifying to all of us, and especially to our dedicated, young local staff, to know that you found our Resort a "very beautiful, magic and quiet place," with "rare, peaceful and precious surroundings," "absolutely spectacular views on the Mekong," very Eco-friendly, great Thai and Lao cuisine,... More

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights on the green season promotion. We loved the view of the river, its a stunning setting. The pool was a lovely temperature like getting into a warm bath. We ate in a the restuarant a few times, and found it good value, we particularly enjoyed the European menu (the fish in white wine sauce... More

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

Thank you very much for having chosen to stay 3 nights with us on one of our "Green Season" promotions! We are pleased to hear some of the highlights of your stay at our Resort, especially that you loved the "stunning" Mekong River views, our infinity swimming pool, our European menu and good value in our restaurant, also bicycling into... More

The Hague, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A great place for a romantic stay, if you don't mind being a bit cut off and taking things very easy. Very helpful and friendly staff, great views of the Mekong from the rooms ( don't get the lakeside rooms), and a restful peaceful atmosphere. Food was pretty good without being outstanding in any way. Do visit the 1000 islands... More

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

Dear guests from The Netherlands, Thank you for staying at The River Resort earlier this month. We are delighted that you found us to be a great place for a romantic stay, and in a restful and peaceful atmosphere, with great views of the Mekong River from your Riverfront room. Our staff will be very much pleased to know that... More

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Address: Ban Phaphinnoy, Champasak, Laos
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Location: Laos > Champasak Province > Champasak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The River Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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