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The River House

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No. 70 Uthamanyana Mawatha | Welagedara, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
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kronberg
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent 3 nights here in january. It was heaven. Our suite, Gin, was large, beautifully furnished and we had a sunken stone jaccuzi in a secluded outdoor patio, Chairs in the garden with views thru the green, tropical foilage to the river. The pool we mostly had to ourselves, where we sent the time bathing, suntanning and reading. Meals... More 

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Thank ajpeter
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The superior private pool suite overlooking the river was decadent, tasteful and a delight. With few rooms on a large property, there was ample privacy. delicious food available in the room, dining room or at the lovely swimming pool. We received personal attention and excellent, over-the-top service from Vishudha Miguel. He arranged for us to enjoy the fantastic beach at... More 

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

Dear Glenn S Thank you very much for your review. We are glad you found The River House all that it was promised to be with our amazingly private suites, large gardens and personalised service. We are glad you made a trip to Shinagawa Beach our sister property and enjoyed the best of both worlds. Your review has been shared... More 

Dublin
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The River House is a very high quality hotel in a beautiful, quiet setting. The rooms are beautifully designed and very spacious. The staff in the hotel were excellent- in particular Lakmal and Kassun working in the restaurant were fantastic. Really friendly and excellent at their jobs. The food in the restaurant is superb. I had been worried that being... More 

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

Dear NLK20 Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at The River House and that we lived up to your expectations. For cuisine being some of the best you have had in Sri Lanka is truly humbling. Our rooms and our setting is something which sets us apart from other hotels... More 

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I have just spent 4 nights at River House, although it felt like longer as we felt so welcome and relaxed. We visit a lot of luxury and boutique hotels and the one thing that it is hard to find is character. River House has this in abundance. It has friendly staff, a peaceful setting and wonderful... 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. We are glad you enjoyed the flavor and character of The River House as it has been designed by a very popular designer in Sri Lanka. The hotel located on 13 acres of land surrounded by wildlife is a great place to relax and ideal for that secluded holiday. It's... More 

Louisville, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The River House was our last stop in Sri Lanka and maybe unexpectedly the highlight. The property is beautiful and the rooms are all very spacious with beautiful views over the river. The onsite swimming pool is also really nice. So much larger and usable than you'd expect from a small, 5 room hotel. Sugath and his staff go above... 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. We are glad you choose The River House to renew your vows and it will be remembered fondly by us as well. The pavilion is a very special place to enjoy a private dinner and its great you enjoyed it. Glad you took time to for a river boat ride... More 

edinburgh
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130 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Located near Balapitiya, this properly is surrounded by 5 acres of land with vegetation near the Madu river. Colonial style open air lounge and dining area. Very private rooms huge rooms with own dipping pools. The pool and tanning area is in a R&R adjacent. Food- great Sri Lankan food! Staff- amazing! There is onsite access to its own private... 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 are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. As you rightly noted our room are very private and large. Our Plunge Pool suite is our most luxurious and its good to note that you enjoyed your private in-suite plunge pool. Your review has been shared with our staff for... More 

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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

BENTOTA was our last destination of Sri Lanka tour, every place where we stayed we have selected all branded luxury hotels, in Bentota also we were looking for same kind of hotel that time we found THE RIVER HOUSE on the Bank of Madu river. We have rechecked on Tripadvisor, Booking.com and other website, we were quite satisfied by reading... 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 very detailed review and its good to note that you enjoyed your stay at The River House. We are glad you chose us and we in turn lived up to our reviewed expectations. The Menik Suite is our most special suite which has earned a ranking from CNN Traveller as you correctly mentioned.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We arrived on our first night in Sri Lanka to The River House. It location is exceptionally beautiful. The hotel only has five rooms and is equally as stunning as it's location. Our room overlooked the water with a huge private terrace and private plunge pool. The external pool area is amazing and if you swim after dark you'll be... 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 We are glad you enjoyed the style of our rooms and it's unique location on the banks of a river. I believe that you have stayed in our plunge pool suite which is our best suite at The River House. Our pool surrounded by nature is very popular with our... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We were not suppose to be at this hotel but found ourselves here as a result of them double booking us at one of their other properties ,Shinagawa so we arrived with mixed feelings . It is off the beaten track and is a beautiful setting. The view from the main building over the river is delightful.The weather was not... More 

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

Dear guest Thank you very much for your review. Firstly let me appologize for the overbooking at Shinagawa Beach. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at The River House and it's good to note that you were not disappointed. Glad you loved the Walawe suite which features it's own private jacuzzi and is ideal for couples like yourself.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

The hotel is wonderful and the grounds are breathtakingly beautiful and so well looked after. Amazing food and all the staff are very friendly . special thanks to Managers Mr . Miguel and Mr.Sugath for looking after us and hotel.Thank you.

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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. We are glad that the team together with Sudath and Miguel met your expectations in terms of service. Your review has been shared with our chef for a job well done. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again soon More 

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