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“Has there really ever been a river view?”
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River View Resort
Ranked #14 of 15 Bethel B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 August 2009

Ok this was a swap for RCI...we waited in anticipation for almost 8 months to get here, what a let down! First off, despite the name, on the barest of winter days there will be NO river view from any place on this property. (In fact the website shows the river leading you to believe it is right behind the building.) To even get to the river it is a 30 minute walk through a mosquito infested cornfield. We used the entire bottle of repellent coming and going to the canoe spot. This resort was picked because we wanted to be able to fish from here. Unfortunately after the 30 minutes it took to get to the river, the landing was covered in fresh bear tracks!! We made the return trip to our room in record time, fishing knives opened! Had we actually encountered this bear, I probably wouldn't be writing this memo. The rooms are outdated too. We brought DVDs to watch, however there are only outdated VCR players and the front desk does not offer tapes to watch. Yes, the walls are paper thin and the A/C can not be adjusted for temp. Please be sure to bring your own iron, the one you get from the lobby will ruin your clothes - and the ironing board (all 2 feet of it) wouldn't stand up on it's own. Mini blinds in the windows and back door have slats missing so why bother to close them. Overall the best part of of the Riverview Resort is their marketing company. I feel bad leaving such a crappy review because the owners are the nicest , but it isn't a discount resort, so try a different place in town.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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RiverviewBethel, Manager at River View Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2011

The Androscoggin River is visible from every bedroom window and every rear deck (including the pool deck) of the resort. From the rear decks the river is less than 200 yards away and downhill. There are trees along it so it is not a half mile of unobstructed river view, but it is certainly visible and quite pretty according to many guests. It takes approximately 5 minutes to reach the river from the lobby and another five to ten minute walk along it to the canoe launch area.

At different periods of the year there are mosquitoes along just about any waterway in New England (and non-waterway areas) and to our knowledge we are unique in even supplying insect repellent to guest who may or may not need it. We apologize for the pests, but we have no control over them. As to bears this is the first guest to have sighted any such thing in the 15 years we have been managing the River View. There are often large raccoon tracks in that area. In any case people do often encounter black bears in the wild in Maine and I don't think there has been a case of a bear attack on a human up here in 50 years.

DVD players are available upon request and there are over 100 VHS tapes available in the lobby free of charge. We do apologize for any guest noise and quite often we are able to take care of it if informed. Lastly we are always in the process of maintaining and upgrading our units and if a guest informs us of needed maintenance like blinds we replace them immediately. I'm happy this guest like us as managers, but am saddened that the problems were not brought to our attention.

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Reviewed 28 December 2008

We were looking for a place that was not at the Sunday River Ski area that would be family friendly and a good value. The staff has been most friendly and helpful, but that barely makes up for the appalling quality of the rooms, the endless noise of adjoining rooms and the 1950's decor. To date, not one of the five people in the condo were able to sleep due to the breathing from the neighboring rooms(apparently paper is the material of choice for the the walls), the screeching from the of the floors, and the generator sound from the mammoth RV parked just outside the door (made of crepe paper too). Hopefully one of us will collapse from exhaustion and get a nights sleep.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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RiverviewBethel, Manager at River View Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2011

We do apologize for the noise. Christmas week and Vacation Week in February are our absolute noisiest. We do everything we can to accommodate people at all times and especially during our high traffic periods, but sometimes there is nothing we can do. Again, our apologies.

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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about River View Resort

Address: 357 Mayville Rd, Bethel, ME 04217-4412
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Region: United States > Maine > Bethel
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Bethel
Price Range: £105 - £206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — River View Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River View Resort is a great place to kick off a vacation in Western Maine’s premier 4-season playground. In winter you can enjoy the thrills of downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling and other winter activities. Summertime, you can improve your game with the area’s world-class golfing. Enjoy canoeing, rafting, kayaking or hiking the wilds of Maine. Melt your cares away in the hot tub or sauna. Any season of the year, our 80ºF indoor pool is a real treat. The friendly couple that manage the River View will supply you with kayaks, paddles and life vests for some down-home river fun.All guest accommodations at River View are two-bedroom suites that sleep 5. All of the suites are clean and comfortable. The master bedroom has two closets, ample bureau storage and a comfy queen-size bed. The second bedroom has two twin beds, bureau and closet storage. In good weather, sit on the wrap-around deck and just enjoy the beautiful countryside. Kitchens are fully equipped with pots, pans, silverware, dishes and more.. ... more   less 
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