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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful location!. The meal we had was the best quality and immaculately served. Monkeys and fruit bats ranged before us as we looked down to the lakeside. Idyllic! Accommodation prices at the top end - not surprising!

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around the world
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky to chose The River House to spend NY this year and stayed over 8 nights in this beautiful , sereine , guesthouse a like villa. I don't know what else to add to the other comments enclosed since it is all simply true.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The staff were amazing, just the right balance of attentive without being intrusive. The place itself is idyllic. The rooms are styled beautifully and the setting is lush. The food was also very very good. Make sure you visit the Shinagawa Beach hotel which is a short tuk tuk ride away and as a River House guest you are welcome...

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Thank Katie M
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 January 2017

....to use as a base to explore this beautiful area. River safaris, beaches and beautiful countryside on the doorstep. Sudate, Sessanta, Sanjay, Adil and Nawin couldn't have been nicer hosts to our family. Thank for helping to make our holiday so memorable.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 21 December 2016

One of the best hotels in Balapitiya area. nice pool and big rooms and specially the service and the customer care is great. we basically hadn't had any issue in this property. A SMALL THING - be careful when you entering the rooms, some has the pond right in-front of the main door. and at night without light its so...

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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Thank you Sudath, Sasanka, Sanjeewa and all the others for making our holiday great at Gin Suit . Excellent customer service, very large rooms with ancient masterpieces , jacuzzi , very large bathroom and a private garden. They served food to our room which helped us a lot with our baby twins . Yummy food , beautiful nature in a...

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Great, calm & quiet location with breathtaking views + Exceptional customer service. Real "Value for Money" destination. Best way to reach here is by taking Southern Express Highway and it's just one & a half hours journey from Colombo.

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

Dear Philip W, Thank you for your lovely review. The hotel have been ranked by CNN travel as well. The hotel is located with just few rooms with the best service at your side at any given time. Looking forward to welcome you back & thank you for booking with Asia Leisure Hotels.

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.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Minibar
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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: £140 - £239 (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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See which rooms travellers prefer

“The Walawe suite was perfectly private, being a short walk from the main building.”
 of 5 bubbles KatieM761, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The best room is the room in the upper floor that has a plunge pool”
 of 5 bubbles thushanh, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
“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
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