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The River House

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No. 70 Uthamanyana Mawatha | Welagedara, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
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Delhi
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We rented The River House entirely (along with a siter-property, Shinagawa Beach Resort) for a family reunion in July 2016. The location by a gorgeous river is stunning and makes you stand-still and observe its beauty. All the rooms are gorgeous. This is a home with character and stately. The lush green around the home is a huge bonus. We... More 

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

Dear weboflifeDelhi, Thank you very much for your review. We are pleased to hear that you had a lovely stay and everything was great at The River House, Balapitiya. The staff has always been great as our guests are our main priority. The River House is more onto the calm, relaxing focused. More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Total privacy and quietness for a good holiday. away from hustle and bustle of the city. beautiful lake view. delicious food and good service. Romantic hide away. Combination of ancientness with modern facilities tastefully maintained. Expensive but worth it.

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

Dear roshnoah Glad you found The River House to suite your liking. It is indeed a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Glad you enjoyed the styling of our rooms. More 

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47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

It all started when we checked in a bit late and asked until what time we could get dinner. The answer we were given was : "there is no time Sir, your time is our time". Do I really need to add anything else? The room was flawless, big and decorated with lot of taste. The bathroom and private patio... More 

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

Dear Alexandre J Thank you very much for your great review. We are glad to have served you in this way by being true to the concept of boutique hotels which is providing you a service this personal. Glad you found our room to be flawless.. More 

Bangalore
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57 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Tucked away a short 3 kms from the main galle road, it is in a quiet corner with very serene views of the river and beyond. It has only a few suites, so it is like being in a private resort. Service levels were exemplary and food is well prepared. Don't miss their home made ice creams - which are... More 

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

Dear ShabbirMerchant Thank you very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed the seclusion of The River House and as you rightly stated it is a wonderful place for couples as we have won "One of the 50 best places in the world to honeymoon in the world" awarded by the Knot magazine in USA. Our home made Ice Creams... More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

After a round trip through Sri Lanka we stayed the last four nights at River House to relax. For anyone who is looking for a peaceful and quiet place in Sri Lanka this is the place to go. Exceptionally good service, friendly staff (esp. the manager tries everything to make your stay enjoyable), huge rooms (we stayed in Ghin Suite)... More 

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

Dear DavidFFMGER Thank you for your great review. Glad you tried out the kayaks and even visited the beach located a few minutes away. The seclusion of The River House along with the pristine beach of Shinagawa could only add up to an amazing holiday. Your review has been shared with the Food and Beverage team for a job well... More 

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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights after a hectic 2 weeks in Nuwara Eliya and Galle. Just what we needed to relax and wind down. It's very peaceful and it was lovely to listen to the sounds of birds and nothing else .... We had a lovely room with a plunge pool on our large verandah, and great views overlooking the... More 

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

Dear Shanghailiz The River House is an ideal place to wind down and you have picked the right spot. The plunge pool suite better known as the Menik Suite is our best best suite which over looks the Madu River. The hotel is located close to nature and is surrounded by native wildlife. Glad you enjoyed the boat ride.. More 

West Clandon, Surrey
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

My husband and I recently spent 6 nights here and would return like a shot! The location, staff and boutique size of this 'hotel' is what makes it really special. The food was extremely good and reasonably p;riced. We stayed in the Menik Suite and our only complaint was that the mattress was extremely firm! Our thanks again to the... More 

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

Dear Dackies Glad you enjoyed our secluded boutique hotel The River House. The Menik suite is our best suite with has its own private pool. Your comments pertaining to the mattress is noted. Your review has been shared with the staff for a job well done. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

I stayed over night with my friends at The River House and had one of the best experiences whilst staying there. The grounds were stunning and you could step out of the room straight to the pool area, food was to die for and everything was spectacularly fresh! We were treated like absolute royalty by the staff there who are... More 

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

Dear natashagreat2185 Thank you very much for your great review. We are glad the staff were able to treat you so well. The River House indeed has a special location close to nature and our poolside is a favourite. Your review has been shared with the team at River House for a job well done. We thank you for your... More 

Kuwait City, Kuwait
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

After a busy 3 nights in Kandy and a long drive down to Balapatiya, The River House was the perfect way to relax. A truly stunning location with very professional, friendly and welcoming staff who were always on hand to make your experience that extra bit special. The food served was of high quality and very well priced. I would... More 

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

Dear Andrew S Thank you very much for your great review. We are glad you found our service to be professional and friendly. The River House is most definitely a great place to relax. We thank you very much for your recommendations and hope to see you back again. More 

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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

One of the calmest and secluded place if anyone is looking for a calm hide out. Very lovely place with unique atmosphere with so much of greenery around you. Good food with friendly staff who will go beyond the extra mile to help you out

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

Dear Shiwanthie W Thank you very much for your great review. The River House is an ideal place for deep seclusion. Glad you loved the atmosphere and ts good to note that our staff were able to go beyond the mile to assist you. More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The River House is an artistic escape of sheer seclusion on the banks of the Madhu River. Surrounded by tropical wilderness, this is a place of romance and sensuality. Each of the five luxuriant suites speak an imaginative language of design and are a sanctuary unto themselves. Private gardens that encase your suite and jacuzzi's with an overhead waterfall are more to enjoy. The Menik Suite is ranked as one of CNN Travel's '21 Sexy Skinny Dip' spots around the globe for its private plunge pool for two. You will truly treasure how this place will make you feel. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The River House

Address: No. 70 Uthamanyana Mawatha | Welagedara, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Balapitiya
Price Range: $166 - $299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The River House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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Also Known As:
The River House Hotel Balapitiya
The River Hotel
The River House Sri Lanka/Balapitiya
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