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Champasak Town

The River Resort

Ban Phaphinnoy, Champasak Town 1601 Laos
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The River Resort is located on 400 meters of naturally landscaped Mekong River frontage in the south of Laos, close to the renowned Wat Phou UNESCO World Heritage site. The Resort's architecture and decor are contemporary Southeast Asian. 22 of its 28 guest rooms have stunningly beautiful, panoramic views of the Mekong River; and the other 6 have fine views of beautiful evergreen rice paddy, flowering trees and tranquil ponds. Each guest room has an indoor and an outdoor shower and other high-standard amenities. The Resort’s open-air Dining Sala, overlooking the Mekong, includes a restaurant offering Western and Laotian/Thai cuisine, alfresco dining on its Riverfront lawns, a cocktail/juice bar, and a rooftop lounge for private meetings. Two infinity swimming pools and the Resort’s onsite Spa complement a relaxing stay. Its two private Riverboats offer casual journeys on the Mekong and sunset cocktail cruises, including - when the Mekong is at ebb - spectacular sunsets viewed from a soft sand beach on a remarkable uninhabited, sandstone island offshore the Resort. The River Resort is an ecologically and environmentally responsible hotel, committed to the use of replenishable bamboo for most of its furniture, organic and hydroponic "farm to table" gardens, recycling of inorganic waste, composting of other waste, as well as solar heated hot water for its kitchens; and is also committed to the improvement of the education of its local staff and the livelihood of its local community.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Valet parking
Secured parking
Free internet
Public wifi
Lazy river
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Thai
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The reviews for this resort are all great and ditto here. The staff is incredible and friendly. The room was large and spacious with a gorgeous view of the Mekong. The highlight was the double sinks in the bathroom and there was room for our toiletries. The food at the restaurant was delicious. The grilled Mekong fish in olive oil was superb. We booked a tour of Vat Phou through the hotel. Bobby was our guide and she was fantastic. What a lovely woman and so knowledgeable. We also visited the local village where we watched the local woman weaving sticky rice boxes - even bought one take home. However the highlight was when Bobby took us to her families restaurant in Champasak town that overlooks the Mekong. Once she offered to pick us up and drop us off we were sold. See The Saythong Restaurant review.
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We were referred to this resort by a friend that has either visited or worked (volunteer) in the country for the past 14 years. He was spot on when he suggested we stay at the resort after a hectic start to our trip. We traveled to the Bolaven Plateau known for it's waterfalls as well as coffee and tea plantations. We also took a tuk tuk arranged by the hotel into the local town for lunch and shopping. We took advantage of the massage services and resort restaurant which were exceptional. We rose at dawn to capture majestic sunrise photos.....we highly recommend this resort.
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Response from David D, Owner at The River Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello to you, dear guests at The River Resort in Champasak Province, Laos. Thank you for your nice review of our Resort on TripAdvisor. We noted that you found us from a friend of yours who has lived in Laos for many years and could guide you to the Bolaven Plateau for Coffee Culture and splendid waterfalls. We are pleased that you enjoyed our Spa for on-site massage and our open-air Resort Restaurant, both of which you felt were "exceptional". And then you rose at dawn to shoot majestic sunrise photos at our Resort. Thank you for your closing comment that you highly recommend The River Resort. We will be happy to see you again whenever you return to Southeast Asia. With our warm regards, David D
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Reception staff with the exception of two ‘senior staff’ we dealt with are pretty average if not confusing. More language training may be useful and a more pro-active approach helpful. We do not think it is a lack of trying though. Clearly one should not forget this location is in a very nice quiet part of Laos without any of the modern trappings or nearby large town. The restaurant serves some signature dishes (fish) we thought delicious. Quite expensive though ! The staff appeared pretty professional and nice. The location of the hotel,the bedroom suites , accommodation, gardens , rice paddies, 2 swimming pools , lighting at night all are well designed and very much appreciated. We are glad we booked 3 nights. It makes for a peaceful haven and it is for the guests to show initiative and organise either a quiet time with a good book or travel with a guide to visit a couple of highlights in the immediate area.
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Response from David D, Owner at The River Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Guest at The River Resort in the South of Laos (Champasak Province). We appreciate your review of our Resort, titled "What a great panoramic view of the Mekong." However, we are concerned that you found our Reception Staff, other than our 2 senior staff, lacking in language skills, but you found all of them trying their best. We applaud them for that! We are also pleased that you enjoyed your dinners and found them delicious, with professional and nice service. And we thank you for your comments on our panoramic location on the Mekong, excellent accommodations, beautiful gardens, 2 swimming pools, and good light at night. Thank you also for telling us that you were glad that you booked 3 nights at our Resort. That compliment is very much appreciated! With our best wishes as you depart for your homeland. Cordially, David
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When visiting South Laos , The River Resort must be your hotel! Stayed 3 nights in a river view room , view on Mekong is simply incredible ! Hotel helpen us with both visiting Wat Phu & Don Daeng island , 2 must see - must do locations . Very good restaurant for both Breakfast & diner !
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Response from David D, Owner at The River Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear guests, We are very pleased that you visited The River Resort on your journey through the South of Laos, and told us that our Resort "must be your hotel" when you stayed with us for 3 nights in a Riverfront View Room. We also appreciate your compliments on our restaurant for both Breakfast and Dinner. And thank you also for informing us that our staff helped you plan a trip to Wat Phou and Don Daeng Island, which you found to be compelling locations. Warmest regards, and hoping to see you if and when you come again to Laos! Sincerely, David D
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Comfortable clean rooms. Lovely setting. Staff all very helpful. They easily arranged a Tuk tuk to take us to the temple complex at a reasonable price. We didn’t want to take the hotel sunset cruise as we didn’t want to drink alcohol so early- they were more than happy to arrange a local boatman to take us out again good price and so good we did it again the next night! Resturant food tasty and freshly cooked. Only issue was lack of hot water in the room but that may have been as our room was at the end of the block, warm enough not to complain. Free bicycles were good for a quick tour into the local town.
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Response from David D, Owner at The River Resort
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Dear guests at The River Resort in the south of Laos, we are very happy to hear your comments about your stay with us, such as our comfortable and clean guestrooms; a lovely setting overlooking the Mekong River; staff all very helpful; a sunset cruise on the Mekong, and another the next evening; restaurant cuisine tasty and freshly cooked. We apologize that there was minimal hot water in your guestroom ... it probably was caused by the fact that the guest rooms' exterior water boilers had to be closed because of rising waters occasioned by very unusual flooding of the Mekong River this year We hope that you will have a pleasant return to your homeland. Please drop by The River Resort again should you be again in Laos .... we will be pleased to greet you if you have time to spare. Cordially, David (Managing Director)
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$98 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The River Resort
Which popular attractions are close to The River Resort?
Nearby attractions include Chez Maman (2.2 miles), Don Daeng Island (2.3 miles), and Si Phan Don (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The River Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The River Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The River Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The River Resort?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The River Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The River Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The River Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The River Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The River Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Thai.
Are there any historical sites close to The River Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wat Muang Kang Temple (6.3 miles).
Does The River Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.