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Hotel Whales and Dolphins

17 Km. Sur de Playa Dominical, Jardines del Morete | Uvita de Osa 1 Puntarenas, Uvita 4030, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel was recommended to us by a lady we met in Costa Rica so we decided to give it a try. It is well worth the steep drive up to the hotel where there is a fabulous pool and restaurant that look out over the sea below - it's a spectacular view and watching the sunset was amazing. What... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We recently stayed here for 2 nights and loved it. After reading some of the negative reviews I believe that the hotel has improved a lot in the recent year and has a new name- Vista Ballenas. For Costa Rica standards it was very good overall. The main reason to come here is the incredible views and bird and wildlife... More 

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JimenezA_R, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Whales and Dolphins, responded to this review

Dear Customer, Thanks for share your opinion about your experience in our installations, is very important for us. Yes, the Hotel has a new name and administration from March 2015. Our hotel offer a amazing panoramic views over the Pacific Coast, We have a frequent visitors, such as; toucans, parrots, iguanas, sloth and other animals, close to the pool area... More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I should start by saying that we know this hotel by the name Vista Ballena. I don't know if it's recently changed names or what - but this is what it was called when we visited in October 2015. This is also a review of the restaurant at the hotel - not the hotel itself (as we did not stay... More 

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3 Thank Nock4Six
JimenezA_R, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Whales and Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your complete review about your experience in our restaurant. We are sure it will be very helpful for guests that are looking to visit us in the next months. Yes, We have a new name from March 2015. We are proud of all our staff, We know Andrey loves their job and He always is trying to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights. The view of the whales take is beautiful and the people are great!! We relaxed in the pool and had fantastic drinks at the bar. When we left we forgot our credit card the staff kept it safe and secure until we could get back to retrieve it!! Perfect experience!!

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1 Thank Evelyn Z
JimenezA_R, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Whales and Dolphins, responded to this review

Dear Customer, Thanks to share your opinion about your experience in our small paradise. We always love to get feedback and it makes us very happy when we were able to create special memories for our guest. We are sure that our staff gives the best effort to provide to each guest a nice experience. Thanks again for the great... More 

Richmond, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We ate dinner at the hotel restaurant and had an amazing meal. The food was as amazing as the surroundings. The restaurant is under roof, but open to the outside, so you can oversee the ocean from the mountainside and hear the birds as the sun sets and the temperature cools. Just follow the sign up the mountain, and when... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were staying in a rental close to the hotel, so didn't sleep in their facilities, but the pool, the bar and the view were amazing. We watched the sun set from the bar/pool area a couple of times because it was so beautiful. The bar staff was amazingly friendly and make a good solid drink. They went out of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

My husband and I wanted a place to see the Ballena "Whale Tail" and this was the only place we could find with a good view. It took a little digging to figure out that the "Vista Ballena" signs we'd been seeing were actually for this hotel. Anyway, you have to drive up the hillside on a small but "paved"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

The hotel staff was amazing. It's not a Ritz Carlton, but for the price the view and staff are incredible. One night we got back late and it was well pass the time they serve food and they went and cooked us food. Just a really great bunch of people working there. From reading other reviews I was questioning whether... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

We weren't even staying at the hotel, but got help with our car which was stuck from the friendly staff and help with finding our place to stay (which we couldn't find in the first place). Thank you so much, Whales & Dolphines!! That was our lucky day!!!!!!

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

To call it a boutique hotel is wrong. Its more like a rundown charter hotel with a fantastic view. Mosqitonets broken, had to fix it with my own ducttape. The soap dispencer was empty. Have a beer and enjoy the view, but find another hotel.

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