Media Reviews

Internationally Acclaimed. What the World’s Media has to say.


Global Recognition

Internationally-acclaimed and globally renowned, River Dream Boatel is widely recognised around the world as one of Australia’s most luxurious five-star floating hotel’s drifting down the magnificent Murray River.

“Best floating accommodation 2018…”
– The UK Telegraph

“…more akin to a luxury hotel than a houseboat…”
– The Age

“Call it a floating hotel suite, call it the leviathan of luxury – just don’t call it a houseboat…”
– Adelaide Advertiser

“Light years ahead of most peoples idea of a humble houseboat…”
Weekend Australian – Barry Oliver


“…floating hotel featuring luxury suites and a personal cinema, among other indulgences.”
– Sydney Morning Herald

“The class of boating that merges world class accommodation with the freedom of river cruising…”
– The Courier Mail

“…most luxurious houseboat in Australia…”
– Getaway

“…its operators rightly describe it as being more like a hotel…”

“…a new concept in luxury holidays…”
– Inside Out Magazine

“The Boatel is a complete shift from traditional houseboat design…”
– Connections Magazine

“It looks like a transparent Sydney Opera House and is a whole new story in river holidays.”
– UK Tatler

“From the deck of the houseboat, the Outback vista is one of layers of reddened ochre sedimentary rock that form the riverbanks and jut up into the cloudless baby blue skies.”
– Scotland on Sunday

River Dream Boatel is ‘Australia’s First Star-Rated Houseboat’

River Dream Boatel is the first houseboat in Australia to receive a STAR Rating under AAA Tourism’s new Houseboat STAR Rating Scheme.

River Dream Boatel has been awarded a 5 STAR Rating – the highest achievement under the Scheme.

A STAR Rating is allocated on the basis of achieving a specified point score. The assessment is based on the quality of the furnishings, décor and the facilities available, with a particular focus on cleanliness and maintenance. Depending on the standards achieved, the houseboat will receive a STAR Rating between one and five STARS.

‘’STAR Ratings will increase the profile of the houseboat industry as they provide a valuable marketing and promotional tool” says Wayne Peters, Executive Manager Industry Services AAA Tourism.

A growing number of travellers are now opting for a unique holiday experience by choosing houseboat accommodation.

Houseboat STAR Ratings will help travellers select accommodation which best meets their needs.

  • AAA Tourism

The 13th BEST FLOATING ACCOMMODATION IN THE WORLD 2018 by the Prestigious UK Telegraph

No. 1 Best Accommodation in Mildura 2023 – Escape Magazine, Herald Sun

Customer Service Award for Excellence in Service.

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