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The River House
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Balapitiya
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for my birthday weekend during a 6 week visit to Sri Lanka - amazing surprise! Best hotel I have ever stayed in. Complete luxury! Coconut pancakes brought to our room were the best! Amazing staff and comfy beds, can't wait to come back!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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RiverHouseBalapitiya, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are pleased to hear about your good experience with us.
Your special appreciations towards the staff will be conveyed without fail.
Thank you so much for the lovely comment and we look forward to seeing you again at The River House Hotel soon.

Thank you,
Asia Leisure Team

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

As a frequent visitor to Asia Leisure hotels in Sri Lanka , I had the privilege in spending two nights at the River House Balapitiya.

What I like most in this Hotel is the personalized service they offer their customers. From the Manager of the hotel to the cook, the waiter, and others down the line, even the ever so pleasant hotel three wheeler driver, make you feel that you are important and you are valuable to them.

The boat ride on the Maduru River was fascinating and ever so exciting. The good old Nandana who takes care of you while on the Board is an excellent boat rider and knows how to treat his clients. He takes that extra step to make any guest feel satisfied of the board journey. Moresoever he is very careful of the safety of his customers.

The food is tasty and are prepared to your individual taste . The portions are generous and you feel that they serve your money's worth.
I will not hesitate to visit this place again and also recommend to other travelers.

Room Tip: I would prefer the room with a private jacuzzi. The rooms upstairs are also with a splendid view.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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RiverHouseBalapitiya, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2014

Ayubowan,

Greetings from Asia Leisure Team!

Dear Renuka,

We are so excited to receive your stunning compliments and thank you for your comprehensive review. It sounds like you had the best of the both worlds by staying in River House Hotel. Its a honor to become a part of your unforgettable holiday and We are so impressed with your general thoughts about the staff,food and the service.Its reflects that you have enjoyed the stay to the fullest. Your wonderful compliments about the particular staff member will convey with no hesitation,Yes they all are assets and we are very privileged to have such a wonderful team with us.
Once again We are so thankful to you and your family for giving us opportunity to serve you and look forward to welcome you back in near future.

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

This small hotel offers outstanding service in a beautiful location, great cooking - and good opportunities for birders!

We were here for two nights in April. Our room was beautiful and very private - a lovely place to unwind after five weeks of travelling. The staff could not have been more friendly - nothing was too much trouble.

The dining area on the terrace gives wonderful views over the river - not that you'll spend much time looking because the food here was the best that we had had throughout our time in Sri Lanka. This chef has real command of sauces and dressings - to say nothing of fish and shellfish.

And for a birder? Well, we saw an Indian Pitta, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and a Black Headed Oriole, amongst a host of others....

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ama2012374
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RiverHouseBalapitiya, Asia Leisure at The River House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2014

Ayubowan!

Greetings from Asia leisure family

Dear Ama,First of foremost we would like to thank you for your stunning review and its reflects how much you have enjoyed your stay with us. Its a honor to receive such awesome compliments with-regards the food and the service. We are thrilled that we have played a major role to make your vacation unforgettable.Hopefully all your recommendations will help for all the birders to choose their dream destination. We look forward to welcome you back to our corner of paradise in near future.

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Very secluded villa in jungle setting but only a short tuk tuk ride from the beach and coastal road. They have a larger sister hotel on the beach where the facilities are available at no extra charge, so it is possible to experience two very different locations on one stay.

The staff are very friendly and I was very pleased to be taken on a local excursion by the manager as it was quiet that day. The food is fantastic and on my third night they specially cooked me a whole red mullet which they showed me on a platter in the morning fresh from the market prior to cooking. At dinner they had specially decorated the table with the most beautiful flower arrangements which was breathtaking.

My room was amazing and very private. The pool is surrounded by trees with Paradise Flycatchers swooping around. Ideal for people who don't want to get frazzled and like to relax in the shade. Not so good for sun worshippers but then the sister hotel would provide a good sunbathing venue during the day. The lounge is virtually open air and extremely comfortable. The old fashioned caned sun loungers in the pavilion by the pool are just about the most comfortable I've ever tried.

Overall a great choice for the West Coast and away from tourist traffic.

Room Tip: Kirinda Suite is very ample size with private garden and a short hop from the pool which makes pre-b...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Thank GreenHippoSevenoaks
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RiverHouseBalapitiya, Asia Leisure team at The River House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Ayubowan!

Greetings from Asia leisure team.

We are extremely happy to see another happy guest review in the world largest travel site and Thank you for sharing your positive feedback during your stay at Hotel river house. We will ensure best of service and attention at all times. As you mentioned we do have three existing properties in southern coast and another property will be opening very sooner. As an extra service we allow our guests to visit the other sister properties and utilize some of the recreational facilities at no extra cost. However guests need to communicate with the management ,in case if they are curious to explore the "southern hospitality" at our sister hotels.

We are thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed the local excursion , farewell dinner and specially the flower arrangement . All your compliments motivate us to ensure that our valued guests are always the priority when it comes to service delivery.

We would like to thank you once again for giving us a golden opportunity to serve you and look forward to welcome you back at our corner of paradise.

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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

I am originally from Sri Lanka and come to SL every 1-2 years. We stumbled upon this place looking for a 2-day trip not too far from Colombo, our base.

The manager, Sudarth and lead Butler, Eril were really really welcoming and friendly. They really took to our 7 month old daughter and made us feel at home.

The place itself is amazing. 5 incredible rooms each with unique features and beautifully designed. Our room had amazing views of the Madu River, a private garden and an outdoor jacuzzi.

The food was outrageously good - some of the best Sri Lankan curries I've had - and I've had A LOT! On our last night Eril and co arranged a lovely candlelit dinner just for us.

All in all - we didn't want to leave. Would throughly recommend this for couples especially but also families and anyone looking for some R&R.

Thank you Sudarth, Eril and everyone else for a really memorable stay!

Nilanga, Joanna and Ava.

Stayed: February 2014
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RiverHouseBalapitiya, Asia Leisure team at The River House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Dear Mr.Fernando,

Ayubowan and warm greetings from Asia Leisure family.

Its such a honor to reply for your lovely comments and We are glad that you have enjoined your stay to the fullest. We, as a team very Proud to hear that our staff have matched your every needs promptly and politely.

All your compliments will be shared with our team and we all look forward to welcome you back to River House in your next visit in Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We arrived at The River House after being on the road for 3 weeks exploring the north central region, east and southern beaches.

This was the perfect end to our road trip. The property was super quiet, calm and gorgeous. Lots trees, water views, birds, flowers etc.,

The rooms/suites were enormous, very well appointed with pretty much everything you need, great service, superb food and excellent service.

The rooms we stayed in had a jacuzzi overlooking the river. The manager, Sudath, went out of his way to make sure we had everything we need. Amazing place.


Tip: When using the main pool, ask the staff to switch off all the lights and just enjoy the night sky and animal sounds around you. Fabulous!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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RiverHouseBalapitiya, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are pleased to hear about your good experience with us.

In relation to the service and food we are happy that it was found satisfactory. Thank you for the lovely statements on our staff and food which you had seemed to enjoy to great extents, the fact that you were able to feel so comfortable is indeed a huge honor.

Your special appreciations towards the staff will be conveyed without fail.

Thank you so much for the lovely comment and we look forward to seeing you again at The River House Hotel soon.

Thanking you,
Asia Leisure Team

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We had 2 nights at the River House to end our trip to Sri Lanka. The place is amazing. It's on beautiful grounds on the edge of the river but only a few minutes drive from the beach (which you can access through its' sister hotel).

There are only 5 rooms so even when it's full its quite. All of the rooms are beautiful (we had a look at them all).

Food is great. Breakfast is a choice between traditional Sri Lanka and Western. Dishes are huge. Lunch and dinner are a variety of top-class choices, with great wines to go with.

Service is second to none. All the staff members go out of their way to make your stay amazing. They really are a talented bunch, even going out of their way to set up a candle-lit dinner under the stars on my partner's birthday.

We really had an amazing time. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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RiverHouseBalapitiya, Asia Leisure Team at The River House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are pleased to hear about your good experience with us.

In relation to the service and food we are happy that it was found satisfactory. Thank you for the lovely statements on our staff and food which you had seemed to enjoy to great extents, the fact that you were able to feel so comfortable is indeed a huge honor.

Your special appreciations towards the staff will be conveyed without fail.

Thank you so much for the lovely comment and we look forward to seeing you again at The River House Hotel soon.

Thanking you,
Asia Leisure Team

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Address: No. 70 Uthamanyana Mawatha | Welagedara, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Balapitiya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Balapitiya
Price Range: £117 - £406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The River House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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