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Utopia on the River

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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The Woodlands, Texas
Reviewed 7 September 2015

My wife and I spent a week there to recuperate and the folks were so very considerate and pleasant. We were planning a return trip and just discovered they are closing - this is sad. However, we wish Cheryl and the entire staff the best going forward. We will miss you.

3Thank Clay R
Houston, Texas
Reviewed 27 August 2015

We learned of this beautiful place from a Living Social deal. Unfortunately, we learned the place has been sold and the new owners are not interesting in running the B&B any longer or otherwise we would have made this a yearly escape!! We traveled here with 4 kids, ages 10-14, and all loved this place! There is plenty of entertainment...

1Thank PJAR01
Houston, Texas, United States
Reviewed 18 August 2015

We found Utopia otR via a Living Social deal. We have an infant, and two elementary aged kids, and wanted to have a change of scenery that didn't require too much traveling. UotR was just right for us. We booked rooms 8 & 9 so that everyone could get good rest, but we could stay up with the big kids...

2Thank Emily H
utopialodge, Owner at Utopia on the River, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. The river this year has definitely been amazing this year, I am so glad everyone was able to enjoy it. We agree this is a little slice of paradise! - Cheryl Russell, Owner

League City, Texas, United States
Reviewed 12 August 2015

My daughter (11) and I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of Houston, and man did we find our own personal retreat here! What a beautiful piece of property and the river flowing through the grounds was just amazing. My daughter actually preferred it to the Frio. Breakfast was awesome, room was just right and the owners/staff...

Karyn J, Owner at Utopia on the River, responded to this review

I'm so tickled to hear that your daughter preferred our property and the Sabinal River to the Frio! It sounds like you two really had a wonderful time getting away from the buzz of the big city, and I'm glad that you found our lodge to be a comfortable hideaway. And thanks for the suggestion about dinner -- I'll definitely...

Austin, Texas
Reviewed 11 August 2015

The positives first: location was beautiful, the river so close for those who want to swim is a plus and if you are into walking and finding trails this is the place. The Inn was clean. The negatives: for those of us who were looking for a quiet place to sit and enjoy nature and read a book - it...

Thank Colette B
Karyn J, Owner at Utopia on the River, responded to this review

First off, I'd like to apologize if you didn't have the restful escape that you were after, Colette. We are a full-service bed and breakfast in the middle of our busy season, and with that, there's inevitably going to be people and noise around our property. But, I'm sorry if you would have preferred a quieter environment. I'm also bummed...

Reviewed 10 August 2015

Note: Some of the photos on Trip Advisor do not reflect current updates - so don't rely completely on them. Our stay here was wonderful. We traveled here to stay and dine at the Laurel Tree and float the Frio, and we were so glad we did. This is a little gem that you could keep a secret - but...

Thank Rick B
Karyn J, Owner at Utopia on the River, responded to this review

You just made my day, Rick! I'm absolutely thrilled to hear that you had a relaxing stay with us and hope you had fun floating the Frio and enjoying Utopia. Hope to see you back next time you're in need of a quiet getaway! Until then, Cheryl Russell, Owner

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

Nice peaceful place. Deer came to feast daily and the humming birds were all over the property. We enjoyed the free breakfast and access to the river was awesome! My husband is an amputee and he was able to get to the edge of the river on his scooter. All in all we had a relaxing couple of days!

1Thank nailah8001
Karyn J, Owner at Utopia on the River, responded to this review

After all these years, I still can't get over all the natural beauty that surrounds us here in Utopia. I'm thrilled to hear that you and your husband were able to enjoy a couple days relaxing on the riverside and spying on the curious critters that also call this place home. I hope to see you back the next time...

Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

First timers here but definitely will be back! Very relaxing and close to lots to do. We definitely enjoyed the river and beautiful property! Husband got to see fireflies for the first time! A hidden gem! Can't wait to go back!

Thank Tina M
Karyn J, Owner at Utopia on the River, responded to this review

It's wonderful to hear that your first visit was one to remember, Tina. I hope that you and your husband enjoyed relaxing among the natural beauty of Utopia and had some fun chasing the fireflies. I look forward to seeing you two back again soon. Until next time, Cheryl Russell, Owner

Refugio, Texas, United States
Reviewed 21 July 2015

I have stayed here a number of times and this time was no less fantastic. A great place to get away to the peace and quiet and away from the everyday grind. If you love the sound and beauty of nature, this is the place for you.

Thank Stacey N
Karyn J, Owner at Utopia on the River, responded to this review

The natural beauty of Utopia is what's kept me here for so many years, Stacey, so I can totally understand how it keeps drawing you back to us! It's wonderful to hear that you can always count on us to give you the peace and quiet you're looking for on every trip. Until next time, Cheryl Russell, Owner

Hong Kong
Reviewed 4 July 2015

We wanted a nice quiet place away from crowds to celebrate our anniversary. Utopia on the River filled the bill. We especially enjoyed having the river close by where we could go and just relax with the soothing sounds of the water rippling over the rocks and the clean fresh air to breathe. The rooms were nice and clean and...

Thank John B

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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Hot Tub
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Years ago, there were places you could visit in the Texas hill country and feel like you had stepped back in time to a simpler, quieter era. Places where you could let your body relax as you sat on the banks of a cool, spring-fed stream listening to the water rush over the smooth river rocks or sit in a comfortable lounge chair at night, gazing at more stars than you have seen since you were six! Did you ever wonder if such a place still exists? Well it does, and it is called Utopia on the River! Located near the little town of Utopia, Texas, Utopia on the River is a year-round vacation destination with mild winters and plenty of sunshine. Nestled on the banks of the Sabinal River, Utopia on the River has 700 feet of river frontage with a swimming pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. With a variety of activities in the area, Utopia on the River is the perfect launching point for both outdoor excursions and relaxation. Visit us today a unplug and rejuvenate in our peaceful space. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Utopia on the River

Address: 363 County Road 360, PO Box 847, Utopia, TX 78884
Region: United States > Texas > Utopia
Price Range: RM554 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Utopia on the River 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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“I am glad we were upstairs so we didn't have noise from people above us.”
EmilyR598, 17 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Downstairs if you can't climb stairs, otherwise upstairs if you don't want to hear the people (especially children) walking above”
coletteb466, 10 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Every room offers a view of the surrounding woods and the Sabinal River.”
187kelleye, 8 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Ask for the king-size bed.”
lindamF6338VG, 25 May 2015 | Read review
“Rooms on the second floor, if steps are not an issue.”
janek227, 21 Apr 2015 | Read review
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