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River Lodge

Bumthang, Bhutan
River Lodge
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent two nights at River Lodge in February, which is not the best time to visit Bhutan if you like toasty weather. It was cold. The charming owner installed an electric blanket, which helped. I stayed in the room pictured above, which was very nice and had a sweeping view of the valley. I am a foodie, so I found... More 

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haifa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mr. Pema Dawa, our very charming and welcoming proprietor made our stay very pleasant. The property overlooks the Bumthang Valley, not at its most charming part, but that doesn't matter much. It is Bhutan, after all. The beauty is all around. The facilities and amenities are pretty basic and if this was a review of an American or European hotel... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel is just before the entrance gate of the town. Very warm staff makes your stay very comfortable. The owner himself is a good host who has also travelled widely. Is a good story teller continuously chewing betel leaves (doma).

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Manila, Philippines
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We didn't stay here but we ate in their lovely restaurant and loved the food (Note that we are vegetarian). After almost seven days of the typical fare, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at the River Lodge restaurant. Everything is certified organic and the restaurant is very pretty. You don't get a lot of dish... More 

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New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We stayed three nights at this lodge. The first two nighters a room with a wood stove and were horrible. The room itself was ok but freezing cold. We asked to be transferred to a room with an electric heater and it made all of the difference. The food here was some of the best we had in the 3... More 

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Darjeeling
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were a group of 9 people from Darjeeling, we stayed here for 3 nights from 27th June to 29th June 2014, We came across this lodge by chance but the search was worth it, we were welcomed with warm greetings,as we were very tired after a long journey so wanted to retire to our beds early, the dinner was... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

River Lodge, owned by Pema Dawa, is a perfect place to stay in Jakar. The rooks are very well equipped, both with wood stoves and electric radiators, and there is plenty of hot water all day round in case you want to shower. Food is fabulous, and the chef gladly caters to your taste. While there is International food, I... More 

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

we had lunch at this restaurant and the taste of the food is pathetic. Service is damn slow. We had ordered for chapati and mix veg which took almost 1 hour to be delivered in our table. The food was pathetic. We speciafically had asked the chief "please prepare who you are good at preparing" still the food was horrible.... More 

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Chicago Area, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We stayed here for two nights in March 2014. The staff was very responsive to requests (heater, extra blankets, additional wood) and was attentive in dining room. With the heater and wood stove (which you can add to with the provided wood) the room was warm enough at night. The room was clean. We had some issues with the shower... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The river lodge has a cabin kind of feel to it. The rooms overlook the valley and are both clean and comfortable. In cold weather the heater and extra blankets are just fine for staying warm. The food and service are both excellent. The owner is also a very friendly guy and wants to make sure you're stay is comfortable.... More 

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