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“Best Ger Camp in Mongolia” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tuul Riverside Lodge

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Tuul Riverside Lodge
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best Ger Camp in Mongolia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Tuul Riverside Lodge is Mongolia's best ger experience, offering a peaceful escape for city-dwellers in UB, Beijing, Hong Kong, etc, as well as a rugged outdoors experience for those seeking it.

The gers themselves are the best in Mongolia - we stayed in a deluxe family ger which featured red timber floors and three beds: one king, one twin, and one for a small child. Each featured an extremely comfortable mattress and duvet as well as a mosquito net, and there were two huge wrought iron candelabras on either side of the wood-burning stove that provided light in the evening. The stoves themselves are all custom made and the furniture in each ger is typical, traditional Mongolian.

While the bathrooms are very basic, this is the only ger camp I've been to (of about a dozen) to feature individual bathrooms with toilets and showers.

Now, the meals. This is some of the best food I have had in Mongolia. Ribs, lamb, chicken, meatballs, fresh vegetables, and delicious soups - you will forget you are staying in a camp in the wilderness. Meals are served in a communal ger and provide an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow travelers, many of whom are gathered from all over Asia and the world.

Friendly, reliable, and - most importantly - responsive service are frequent complaints among visitors to Mongolia. Suzan and her team are not just pros - they offer a sincere friendliness and warmth that is second to none. We had a small child traveling with us, and Suzan and her colleagues were quick to offer to babysit should the parents want to explore the countryside. On cooler days, staff frequently offer to start and rekindle wood fires for the stoves.

On a clear night, gaze up at literally thousands of stars on the lounges outside each ger. In the morning, rent a mountain bike, take a hike or ride a horse on the steppes, or paddle a canoe along the Tuul River. The lodge has plenty of activities, including long-bow archery.

Many have remarked on the overnight costs associated with Tuul Riverside Lodge, but all I can say is, you get what you pay for. This is by far the most comfortable ger experience one can have in Mongolia.

This is still a camp on the edge of the wilderness - wedged between a steep cliff and a several spurs of the Tuul River - and there are bound to be occasional inconveniences. But all told, when you consider the comfort of the gers, the quality of the food, the variety of activities and the outstanding staff, this is the camp to visit in Mongolia. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Suzan S, General Manager at Tuul Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Dear William,
Thank you so much for your visit and for your review on trip advisor. It is very encouraging to read not only such a positive but such a detailed review of your stay at the lodge; it is especially valuable to our potential guests to have a critique from someone who is so well traveled in Mongolia and internationally- I am certain that they will appreciate this feedback as much as we do!
We trust that you are well and are looking forward to welcome you back in Mongolia one day!
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
77 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Tuul Riverside Lodge is just outside Ulan Bator, but it feels light years away. Suzan was wonderful by email setting everything up, and she made the transfer to the Lodge from UB effortless. After an initial drive out of the city we transferred from a nice comfortable SUV to a more rugged vehicle -- and the real escape began.

The climb over a mountain ridge in the big 4-wheel drive vehicle was really dramatic. We eventually found ourselves in the camp surrounded by nothing but blue sky and a rolling green landscape. Then we spent a couple days taking long walks, sitting under a blanket reading with hardly a soul around, and just taking in the solitude. We spent our first morning on a two-hour horse ride, which was very pleasant.

Life at the lodge is pretty laid back, and the staff are just present enough to keep you comfortable in the rustic environment. Meals were wonderfully prepared. And the fires they prepared in our ger in the evening -- and especially first thing in the morning -- were heaven. Thank you to the whole team at Tuul Riverside Lodge for a wonderful Mongolian experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ProNomad33062
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Suzan S, Managing Director at Tuul Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Dear Mark, dear Janet

It is a pleasure to recall the memories of our special guests as each new season approaches. Thank you for having given us the opportunity to serve you on four days! Thanks also for your beautifully worded comments, which carry weight as you have been to so many different places, all over the world! What an encouragement - thanks again and we hope to seeing you again.

Sincerely,
Suzan
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KOLKSTS
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62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stayed in this camp on the 2nd last day of our stay in Mongolia. after spending 8 day in the desert the greenery and amazing colors around the camp were a welcome change. the tuul lodge gives you can opportunity to enjoy NATURE AT ITS BEST.....

when i was standing at the edge of the property, post dinner, with light rain, black clouds, near full MOON, pine trees in the surrounding, round trees after that, river trickling down somewhere in the background, the black hills in front and wet grass under my feet, trusted me I was transported to a different world/universe all together.... may be to the locations of Twilight Saga.... ;)

the feels was unmatched and will remain unparalleled......

we did horse riding, enjoyed a bit of archery and cycling on the gentle slops in and around the lodge during our stay....

our fight from Gurvasan saikhan airport was delayed for 6 hrs due to wind velocity at UB, and when we ultimately reached the lodge, after crossing the Tuul river on our monster truck, the view that was waiting for us was just BREATHTAKING....

the lodge is one of the best i have seen, with attached WC, the meals in the lodge is not elaborate but has variety and is taste bud tickling (in a good way)....

the owner Suzan, who is also a partner in Nomads is an amazing person so is very staff on the property, helpful, cooperative and extremely grounded and friendly people.....

if i ever go to Mongolia, I am sure staying here, and will strongly recommend this lodge to anyone travelling to this country.....

I fellow traveller, originally from UK now settled in UB, staying in this lodge for the weekend rightly observed, "Its in UB, but not UB...." :D

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SONASHREE
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Suzan S, Managing Director at Tuul Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Sonashree

Thank you so much for your visit! You have been our first guest(s) from India - a country which is world famous for their impressive cultural heritage and enchanting resources; thus getting such a positive feedback is very encouraging. And thanks for noting so positively the weather change/ temperature drop the other evening, which caused the sheet lightening and illuminated the entire scenery so magically...
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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

A wonderful blend of adventure, luxury and serenity. The perfect place to experience Mongolian culture in comfort. There are two routes to travel to the camp; driving through the river in a big four wheel drive transport or over the top of the mountain. Each is an exciting adventure and the driver will pick the safest route depending on weather. We enjoyed the river route and included a video in this review.

The courteous and friendly Mongolian staff speaks great English and attended to our every need whether it was a thermos of hot water and a pastry or lighting an early morning fire in our ger for a toasty wake up. The staff was dedicated to making our stay one to remember.

Great service, hot showers, candle light dinners, fresh flowers, chocolates and feather comforters, need we say more!

Definitely 5 stars!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dan G
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Suzan S, Managing Director at Tuul Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Dear Dan, dear Diana

Thank you so very much for your visit at the beginning of the summer season, 2013! It was a great pleasure to hosting you. I do hope that we get one day an other chance! Thanks also for the comment on the drive through the river in a big four wheel drive transport/over the top of the mountain - it helps other customers to get an idea what to expect, especially as you included a video in this review!

With our best wishes for your travels in 2014!
Sincerely,
Suzan S.
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Seoul
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45 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

I stayed here for two nights and wasn't disappointed. Was picked up from my hotel in UB by the Nomads bus and driven to the campsite, there was a transfer at the HM to a more rugged vehicle for river-crossing. My standard tent was very well equipped for myself, and I received a nice hand-written letter from Suzan about my schedule and hoping that I enjoy my stay. As a vegetarian (informed ahead) the meals were very good as I was there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The other families and residents at the campsite were very pleasant. The area around the campsite was fantastic for hikes. A nice lady would come and fix the fire and tea and biscuits whenever you needed it during my stay, which was a lovely touch. Then I was driven back to a hotel in UB to travel back to Seoul the next day. Really enjoyed my time at the Tuul Lodge. Ulaanbaatar was a real mish-mash of dirt, noise and constuction and not overly pleasant to spend a lot of time there, so coming out to the Mongolian countryside made all the whole experience worthwhile. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MartinPup16
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Suzan S, Managing Director at Tuul Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Dear Dominic

Thank you very much for your visit in Autumn; Implying that you enjoyed your stay with us so much that you recommended our place highly to others that may visit Mongolia, brings joy. Mongolians are beautiful hosts, I agree - thank you again for having allowed us to display these skills and hope to see you again!
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Hong Kong, China
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266 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

We first discovered the Lodge 4 years ago. We have stayed there 6 times, bringing family and friends (ages 6 months - 70 years) with us. We always describe it as a "5-star" ger camp and everyone we have taken to it has loved the experience. It is in a beautiful quiet setting. The gers are attractive and clean. The beds are comfortable. We especially appreciate the toilet and hot shower that are attached to each ger. The food is very tasty and of the best quality, including lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. The staff is wonderful, anticipating our every need. We usually ride horses during our stay. We returned there one night this week and it was everything we had remembered. It rained some of the time while we were there, but we were cozy and dry inside our ger with a warm fire in the stove. They gave us an extra duvet for sleeping.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sisterandersen
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Suzan S, Managing Director at Tuul Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Dear Andersen Sisters

It is a pleasure to recall the memories of our special guests as each new season approaches. After nearly two years since your last stay at our Lodge in August of 2011, recalling your many visits with us still warms our hearts - you have won many friends at our Lodge, I'm happy to note. Thank you for being our guests at 6 different times! As one can see from your profile, you are highly well-traveled and your trust in us to provide a comfortable, peaceful and enjoyable stay is invaluable and your kindness in promoting the Tuul Riverside Lodge to a wide audience online was very much appreciated. May you continue to enjoy the blessings of good food with friends, peace and solitude and the comfort of a warm fire wherever your travels may lead! Again, many thanks for your visits!
Sincerely,
Suzan
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

We selected this place mainly because we wanted to experience a ger camp without roughingt it out. This place was a short drive from the city and the only ger camp we could find online which had ensuite facilities. Everything about the experience was great. Suzanne was very patient in responding to our numerous questions over several emails, despite it being only a one night stay. When we got to the place after a bumpy but scenic drive, we were pleasantly surprised to find we were the only guests. There was a staff of 5 - 6 very friendly people who took care of everything we needed. We had asked for Mongolian food and we had a huge tasty spread every meal. When we made the booking, Suzanne had asked us to take care of any special needs that our 2 year old daughter would have - when we got to the lodge, we were surprised to find a special cot, stiffed toys, chocolates, milk on demand etc. This was better that what many places who claim to take special care of childrens' needs would do. Needless to say, the views were wonderful.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Arun S
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Suzan S, Managing Director at Tuul Riverside Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Arun

I hope that it is never too late to say “thank you so much for stopping by and entrusting your family to us”! We remember your visit well as you traveled on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway, having a very young toddler on board. All three of you were in such happy spirits - it was our pleasure hosting you! And by the way, our chef LOVED your specific request for Mongolian food – I’m sure she’d love doing it again …
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Property: Tuul Riverside Lodge
Address: Nomads Building | Khan Uul District, Gorkhi Terelj National Park 17060, Mongolia
Location: Mongolia > Tov Province > Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tuul Riverside Lodge is a small, fully sustainable, traditional Mongolian camp surrounded by a sea of grass and rolling hills, which stretch down to the nearby River Tuul and beyond. Situated within an hour’s drive east of Mongolia’s bustling capital Ulaanbaatar, a warm, and peaceful welcome awaits you. You will stay in beautifully decorated traditional yurts, known locally as gers, with the added advantage of en suite facilities. Gers are constructed from a wooden lattice frame, 88 roof poles, and are covered with layers of felt to insulate against the harsh Mongolian climate. Both strong and reliable, they are perfect places to spend your time in Mongolia. At the Tuul Riverside Lodge there is something for everyone, regardless of age, experience or ability. We offer a wide range of both adventure and cultural activities, allowing you to enjoy and learn about Mongolia to the fullest. Relax around a roaring campfire and marvel as the Milky Way passes overhead. Enjoy the solitude and freedom that is Mongolia, and let your worries fade away. Given the high standards of the lodge, the beauty and tranquility of the area, and its close proximity to the city, make it the perfect place to hold small business meetings, conferences and team building activities. Whatever your needs, the Tuul Riverside Lodge is ready and able to facilitate in any way we can. We look forward to meeting you. ... more   less 
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