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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
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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india
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Solihull England
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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 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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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

We went for a long weekend stay at the River House and stayed in the Gin Suite. All in all we had a wonderful experience and a relaxing holiday. The staff were very attentive and we would like to thank Eril in particular. The only down side of our memory was the gory painting hung on top of the bed... 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 and most definitely we will review the painting. Your review has already been shared with Eril and the team for a job well done. More 

Cyprus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We stayed from 19th January 2015 to 24th January. Beautiful location, calm and quiet place away from all near the river. Food was excellent and service was outstanding. Nature at its best. Pool and it's surrounded area is a bonus. Thank u everyone. Surely we come back again. Chef and Eril made their best to make our stay wonderful Ajith... More 

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

Dear PAPCyprus Glad you enjoyed your stay at The River House. Your review will be shared wit the team for a job well done. Look forward to welcoming you again.. More 

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