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Reviewed 1 November 2016

The River House in Balapitiya is a truly magical place and it gives me the greatest pleasure to write a review of this spectacular hotel which was my home for ten nights in October. I discovered this jewel of a hotel through TripAdvisor and initially dealt with Nishani at Asia Leisure in Colombo. Nishani was wonderful in promptly answering my...

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We had a very happy peaceful stay @ River House, the property is beautiful, full of fruit trees and other foliage and the walk up to the river is charming as well. The view from the dock is fantastic. We stayed in the Menik Room and enjoyed the big balcony with its private Jacuzzi,and the view of the garden. The...

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Manager S, Manager at The River House, responded to this review

Dear veeranthi Thank you very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The Menik suite with its private pool is one of our best rooms with amazing views. We are glad you enjoyed this.

Reviewed 30 September 2016

Stayed there on Jan 21st, and had my worst hotel experience here. I booked a room from Expedia and charged my room $183 in advance. However, I noticed had another duplicate room charge by their manager Sudath Koralage after I left. I called his and he promise would get me refunded ASAP, but I didn't receive this refund till now,...

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Manager S, Manager at The River House, responded to this review

Dear Fei K We have already refunded this money on the 09-03-2016. I have just sent you the slip sent to us a proof of the transaction from our bank via the email provided to us at the time of booking.

Reviewed 26 September 2016

Nice place if you love quite and peace away from all the noise. Rooms were very spacious clean and good. Food is good as well. I would have preferred if there were more variety to it. Nevertheless, the staff were really good and were friendly. Pool was also set up in a very calm area where you can spend some...

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

Dear Chathura H, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear your stay was pleasant with us. The River House has been rated by "Mr & Mrs Smith". The hotel will always provide the excellent service to our guests. Each and every room is different from one and other. Always adds up the uniquness to your vacation. Looking...

Negombo
Reviewed 28 August 2016

A beautiful tropical house, very comfortable for this climate. Wonderful garden overlooking the river. And in 5 minutes you can also stoll along the beach of the Indian ocean. So you have both. A paddle tour on the river is ideal for the early morning hours (don't go by motorpowered boat, you will miss out the real serene part). The...

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

Dear Aluthwatte, Thank you very much for your review. The hotel is located in a beautiful surrounding. The wilderness touch to your vacation. The Pool is located separately with a great view. And the staff has always been at their very best to each and every guest at all given times. Ideal place as this is closer to the beach...

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 10 August 2016

... only interrupted on the morning of our departure by a troupe of playful monkeys having fun way up in the numerous trees in the garden. This was our second visit to The River House in the past year. The grounds are looking lush, green and clean as ever. The suites are spacious, comfortable and tastefully furnished. The Alegria coffee...

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

Dear Hilmy_Sally, Thank you for your review. Located in a beautiful secluded area in Balapitiya. with very few luxury rooms, we have always been at our best to the guests at all times. The Hotel touches a uniqueness to your vacation with a very calm surrounding. Also, thank you for your note. We are more than happy to welcome you...

Delhi
Reviewed 19 July 2016

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...

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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.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 15 June 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.

Reviewed 11 June 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...

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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..

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Reviewed 31 May 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...

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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...

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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
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Balapitiya
Price Range: £170 - £471 (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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The River House Hotel Balapitiya
The River Hotel
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“Up stair room as the view in the morning is breathtaking.”
 of 5 bubbles veeranthi, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Preferred to stay in Gin or Menik”
 of 5 bubbles chathurah, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are lovely - Walawa by the river and Menik, the room up the stairs are the best”
 of 5 bubbles weboflifeDelhi, 19 Jul 2016 | Read review
“walawe suit is the best for ultimate privacy and openness to the view.”
 of 5 bubbles roshnoah, 14 Jun 2016 | Read review
“They have 2 suites which overlook the river - the views of these 2 suites are the best”
 of 5 bubbles ShabbirMerchant, 31 May 2016 | Read review
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