Just returned from 5 days staying at River Inn. Where do I start? I have stayed at many places in Thredbo including the YHA so I feel I have a fairly good perspective on all things Thredbo.
There is 1 thing going for this place:
1. Location - I loved having a chairlift right at the door! Ski in Ski out accomm makes things easy particularly at the end of the day!
Yep folks that is all! I booked this accommodation as I had received a reasonably discounted rate. I will add that I had low expectations based on reviews I had read on Tripadvisor.
So what do you get when staying here?
The standard twin room was a no frills decent sized room with ensuite, a flat screen tv, mini fridge, microwave, Tea and coffee making facilities.
The room was clean on arrival and housekeeping changed towels daily if requested.
Breakfast and dinner vouchers for dining at the in-house restaurant. *WARNING* I got sick from eating here! How they can serve up icy cold food that has presumably just been cooked is beyond me? Even the dinner, Mango chicken and rice which was "made to order" was served to me cold, I immediately sent this back. The food was microwaved and came back piping hot. After 2 bad experiences I decided to spare my body further poisoning and would grab coffee and eats out. I do stress eat at your own risk!
The drying room and equipment storage room were surprisingly undersized and ineffective. Heaven help you if you are overweight which thankfully I am not. The drying room also wasn't so great with the drying. Not a great feeling to put on wet gloves after a good 15 hour stint in the "drying" room.
Still interested in staying? Read on..........
The pungent smell of sewerage would knock you right off of your feet within various public areas. Was extremely grateful I was not able to smell this odour from our room! Clearly they had some sewer problems and shut the water off twice during our stay to resolve the issue. No business wants to deal with such issues coming in to peak season, however the times chosen to turn off the water were ridiculously timed. Just in time for coming off from last lifts and conveniently in the morning before breakfast! Needless to say this morning (Fri 27th June, 2014) as I collected my gear from above said rooms I was greeted with yet again the delightful odour of sewerage. I can only imagine the onslaught of complaints should the peak paying guests encounter similar issues.
Lastly... the staff. Other than the hard working cleaners (Housekeeping?) and the friendly smiling restaurant staff that unwittingly dished out free Salmonella with my breakfast the front desk staff (the only other staff I encountered) were ........disinterested. I guess you may have to pay extra for a greeting or a smile?? If I was desperate and got a good deal I would stay here based on the good location but don't expect anything more.
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- Also Known As:
- River Hotel Thredbo Village