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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 helpful votes 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 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 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
47 hotel reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We recently stayed 4 nights at the River House and felt more than comfortable. The staff is very very friendly and the manager Sudath anticipates the guest's every wish.The suites are very spacious and combine style and authenticity. All have high ceiling and private verandas or terraces, some with a stunning view over the river which passes along the beautiful... More 

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

Dear Nina1604 Thank you for taking the time to review us. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The River House really has a chilled out and relaxed atmosphere. Your review will be shared with Sudath and the team for a job well done More 

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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

My wife and I spent 3 nights in RH and had a great stay. The last 200 meters to the gate are at least "suprising". Once on the premises there is a tranquille atmosfere and a very spacious setup. Mainbuilding with 4 rooms and 100 meters away a spacious cabin-room. This one has a private plungepool / cool jacuzzi. Great... More 

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

Dear bernard-emely We thank your for your great review. As a Trip Advisor Traveler Choice Winner for 2015 this is exactly how we want our guests to feel while staying at The River House Glad you enjoyed the setting and the theme of The River House. Glad you manged to make a trip to the historic city of Galle during... More 

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