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The River House

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No. 70 Uthamanyana Mawatha | Welagedara, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful hotel situated in balapitiya. The service was excellent and our room was absolutely stunning. We had a reduced rate because we live in Sri Lanka so I am not sure how much more expensive it is usually. The food was not the best we have had, but considering how stunning our room and the surroundings were,... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear guest Thank you very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us and loved the rooms which are tastefully designed. Hope you had time for a boat ride along the Madu River which takes you to island temples and cinnamon cultivations. We are very sorry you did not enjoy the food on offer and we thank... More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Had a great time with our friends Dutch ambassador and wife who were leaving the country after 4 years of stay . They said what a beautiful place in the country . To enjoy the birds the river cruise. It's very serene and peaceful . We enjoy coming here all the time . The manager and the staff are very... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your review. We thank you for your stay and glad you enjoyed it. We are glad the staff at The River House managed to make your stay special also considering the fact that your friend was leaving the country soon. Glad you enjoyed the river cruise along the Madu River which is one... More 

india
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Hi We love traveling & this was our second trip to srilanka. We visited three years back & always wanted to visit back because of the warm hospitality & amazing stays. We stayed at three different places, apa villa in thalpe, galle fort hotel in galle & river house. I will fall short of words if I start to write... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest We thank you for your review. At The River House, Balapitiya we value your feedback. Thank you for your encouraging remarks on the suite you stayed in and the beautiful setting. Your remarks on other aspects of your stay are of concern to us – the time taken to respond is as we have done a thorough investigation... More 

Solihull England
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Sometimes, but rarely, the reality exceeds expectations. The approach to The River House is not promising. An unpaved road gives way to a dirt track that leads to some foreboding gates. These swing open to reveal a little piece of paradise! The grounds are beautiful. But our suite was just stunning. We stayed in Gin Suite in the main building... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear guest Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay despite the issues you had in regard to the menu which will be looked at shortly. The Gin suite (named after a famous river in Sri Lanka) which features its own outdoor private jacuzzi for two is truly special due to its immese... More 

Lincolnshire
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My wife & I stayed 2 nights in a garden suite at the River House Balapitiya as part of our 3week Cultural,Birding & Wildlife tour of Sri Lanka through A Baur Travel. We stayed here on our way from whalewatching in Mirissa + visiting Galle Fort back to Colombo to go on the Madu River Safari. This hotel was absolutely... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest This is an excellent hotel for the ornithology enthusiast as the Madu River is a heaven for bird life. Glad you enjoyed the hotel and its offerings. Our suites are all diverse in nature some with private gardens (in which you stayed), outdoor jaccuzzi and one has its own private pool as well. The artful decor and our... More 

London
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52 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My husband and I just returned from a three-night stay in The River House and it was honestly the most magical travel experience I have ever had. I loved it so much, I literally cried when we left! We stayed in the Manik Suite, which occupies the top floor of the main house. The room itself is stunning and spacious... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your very detailed review of the River House. The Menik Suite is one of our best suites offering amazing views of the Madu River and beyond. Glad you enjoyed the food, service and facilities on offer. Glad you went on a river safari as it is one of the best ways to enjoy... More 

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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My girlfriend and I just spent three nights here and I can honestly say it is one of the most special places we have ever been to. We stayed in the manik room (plunge pool suite) and it's like having most of top floor of the house to yourself. This is a boutique hotel with 5 or so rooms so... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay here. The Menik suite is one of our best suites featuring its own private pool. Glad you managed to explore the river and enjoy the wildlife around the river. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I have stayed a couple of days in this place very recently. It was a very relaxing and a memorable stay. I highly recommend this place for anyone who enjoys calmness of nature or anyone who wants to be relaxed from busy lifestyle Access: This place is located about 2 kilometers away from the main road. Which is in the... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your great review and very detailed descriptions of our hotel. The Menik Suite is definitely one of our best suites. Your review will be shared with Eril and rest of the team for a job well done. More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Riverside was our first stop and at first i appears to be very idilic. If you stay in the top accommodation you are about 200meters from the river. It is very secluded and the time we were the only guests. Staff were helpful and friendly. It was very clean and from the dining areas there were good views of the... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your great review. Glad you enjoyed the service provided by our staff and the hotel itself. Our river views from the restaurant are definitely a winner. Hope you enjoyed Shinagawa Beach. More 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Based on the Riverhouse web site I asked to book a room called Walawe. We spent 1 night in it and if we had not been moved my rating would be terrible. The suite had 25% of its lights broken, termites and large ants in streams across floor and walls, an overheating plug which started to melt, broken window blinds... More 

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Manager S, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Guest At The River House, we value your feedback. Your concerns are being addressed by our team in our endeavor to provide continually better experiences to all our guests. Thank you. More 

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