My review is different from others in a way that I'm not a direct paying guest of River Inn, but booked through a snow package. I dare say that I was one of the luckiest guests to stay at River Inn for the year. Why? Read on.
I stayed at River Inn for 13 nights from 17 Sep to 29 Sep. Despite being a first-time customer and most likely paying fewest for per-unit service received, I was treated so well with a lot of free upgrades and all.
My package included a dorm-type accommodation at North Jindabyne, but as it approached the end of season they gave me free upgrade to stay at River Inn istead.
Before I give the detail of my package and what I got I'd like to give my thought about River Inn first because that is the purpose of this review.
Please bear in mind that I made this review based on my own experience and what I paid. I can't say for anyone else who paid expensive bucks because our expectations are totally different.
In my opinion, River Inn is arguably located at the best location in Thredbo, especially for families, even those expensive hotels right next to Kosi Express can't beat it. Reason? It's right next to Friday Flat and Gunbarrel Chairlift, which means everyone from very beginner to expert can leave the hotel at the same time and be ready for their action. Total beginners can start their day at Friday flat while the more experienced can take Gunbarrel up and go where they want - Green, Blue or Black. They can travel to the Supertrail and down to Kosi Express, if that's where they want to go. The reverse can't be done by beginners from the top of Kosi Express to Merrits.
It's also located near the Leisure Centre and Child Care facilities.
True that it's not right in the heart of the village, but 500m is what, 5 minute walk? You can get to the village in no time, not to mention free bus all day.
I find everyone at the reception very friendly and helpful. They are also knowledgeable about the area and activities including equipment. (I asked the guy to fix my snowboard once and he finished it in like 3 minutes.) I talked to them a lot during my stay, everyday in fact, at least if they were busy I would just walk past and smiled to them (and of course got the same back.) I chose to walk through reception area and have a chit-chat with them rather than cut through the restaurant and straight to my room because by talking with them it made me feel more "at home."
The oldest lady was an "Everyone's Mum" kind of person. She was very nice and kind. She also gave me a lot of additional dinners free of charge.
I stayed in two rooms during my stay.
First room was on the upper floor. It was a middle-sized room with two single beds which have bottom parts that can be pulled out and made two more beds. It was clean and had everything you can expect from normal hotel, tv, heater, small fridge, kettle, free tea/coffee/milk, cups, glass, wardrobe and hangers, etc. I like the fact that it had many power outlets, hence, nobody had to fight over it. The shower was in good condition and clean. I shared with two other guys from the same snow group for three nights.
I was moved to another room (King/Double room) because they initially thought I'd only stay for 3 nights. They gave me another free dinner for inconvenience caused. (I jokingly told my friends I could do with being moved everyday in exchanged with free dinner LOL) This room had two beds only. It was a bit bigger than the previous room and had everything else found in the first room.
The down side of this room was that it was on the ground floor. The building was made of wood, hence, lots of noise made by kids playing/running from next door and above. The noise would stop at about 10pm as kids went to bed, but would start again as early as 7am. It was okay for me because I'd wake up around that time anyway, but I could see how annoying it would cause to other guests who didn't want to get up yet.
I shared with another guy for three nights in this room. Then 7 more nights I was all alone by myself. They placed no one else to share with me, despite a few more round of package groups coming. Thanks to the lady Mum :D
Housekeeping girls are very friendly too. They always asked if I wanted anything. They even offered to make two beds together so that I had a big bed to myself. (I didn't want to cause any trouble so I thanked and refused.)
I didn't want to call their restaurant "restaurant." They way they organised tables and chairs looked more like university cafeteria to me. Having said that the outdoor area of the restaurant is a really good place to have some drink during a good, sunny day. (See photo attached)
Breakfast was... umm... okay, as free meal, but I wouldn't pay $20 $30 for that meal. I was okay at first, but got bored of it after 3-4 mornings.
Dinner was a bit more of a variety. They gave me choices to choose from. Some good, some weren't.
Then again, it was free and my purpose to come was for snow activities so I just endured it for the rest of the trip.
I forgot to mention that the lady gave me 3 more dinners so I only had to pay for 3 dinners out of 11 evenings while I was at Thredbo. (First and last evenings we were on the coach.)
The girls at the restaurants were friendly to me, especially the Asian girls. They had huge smiles every time I talked to them. Yes, I did smile a lot too.
Equipment Storage Room
Storage room is good in a way, but can be of worrisome for people who have fancy equipments. I could understand why some people didn't want to leave their equipment in there. Keeping equipment there is at owner's risk, but no other option available. I didn't have a problem because I hired the board and ski. Nobody wanted to steal ugly board like that. In fact, I left my board at the bridge connecting to Friday Flat overnight three times. Nothing happened :D
Equipment Related Services
There was equipment services in the morning. However, if you need help you can talk to the guys at reception and they will sort it out for you. I asked the guy to fix my snowboard and they did it in no time.
There is no private parking in the front of River Inn apart from drop-off zone. I think the sign says 15-minutes only or so. There is a small car park at the back of River Inn. I'm not sure if it belong to River Inn or the hotel behind.
There is no swimming pool. The spa was out of order at the time and doesn't seem to be fixed anytime soon. I don't care about this, but some may.
Guest lounge is kosi enough but I spent very little in there. I spent 8hours/day for 12 days on the slopes and 1 day bush walking. It's 100 times better than sitting in the lounge room :D
My Package Summary
Now, this is the summary of what I paid, my package detail, and what I actually received.
Total package cost = $1440
What I booked for
- Return transport from Sydney
- 12-night accommodation at a 6pp-dorm-style lodge in North Jindabyne
- 12-day snowboard/boots hire
- 12-day parka/pants hire
- 12-day shuttle to/from Thredbo including national park fee.
- 12 breakfasts
- 4 dinners
What I actually got
- Return transport from Sydney
- 13-night accommodation at River Inn (3pp shared = 3 nights, 2pp shared king room = 3 nights, staying alone king room = 7 nights)
- 13-day snowboard/boots hire
- 13-day parka/pants hire
- 12 breakfasts
- 8 dinners
- ski hire for the last 3 days on top of my snowboard at no additional cost.
To calculate nightly rate
Return Public transport from Sydney to Thredbo was $190, should I travel that way.
Snowboard/Boots/Parka/Pants hire was $150/6 days (I got one day free.)
Subtract these from total amount = $1140 - $190 - $300 = $650.
That means I paid $650/13 = 50/night only!
It's the best deals I have every had with any tour operator in my life!
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