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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Ranked #7 of 11 hotels in Uvita
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this was an excellent experience for us. We stayed in one of the cabins below the main hotel and really enjoyed it. Cabins were very rustic but that's what we were expecting. So very isolated and definitely had a jungle experience. President of Costa Rica visit at the hotel our first night there. We saw a fer de lance snake... More

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Providence, RI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is nice and the location awesome. The swimming pool is also beautiful. The rooms are very old and the sheets crappy. We actually did not sleep "alone" if you see what I mean! The price is high ~ $200 per night. Too bad the owners are not refreshing the place to bring it to a better standard. I... More

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Vienna, Austria
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed ever day in this great hotel.it has an amazing view and you can see tucans and a lot of other animals.the food is great and the pool is just great.if you are looking for an intimate place up on a hill in a marvelous garden - this is the place.we loved it.

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Thornton le Moor, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed in this resort for two nights as part of a wildlife and nature tour of the country. This was for a relaxing few days rather than activities. There are air conditioned rooms for around 200 USD however we stayed in one of two lodges in the grounds of the resort available for 100 USD. The resort is owned... More

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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Perched hotel overlooking the Playa Ballena and environs. Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean - sunsets are not to be missed, esp. while soaking in the pool, happy hour drink in hand! The huge swimming pool adjoining the restaurant area is very tranquil and relaxing. We found the restaurant itself to be very good, if somewhat limited in menu choices.... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Four of us were in Costa Rica to escape winter and to photograph birds. We wanted 3 days near a beach to recharge and relax before heading home. This was the perfect choice. The rooms are clean and large and ours had a shady balcony with a great view of the ocean. The pool is huge and one can rest... More

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Granville, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We stayed here because the other place we booked was a disaster! This place was wonderful. The room was immaculate. The view was spectacular. The ground were beautiful. I have to say that I dine in many fine restaurants, but I have rarely eaten food this well prepared. The staff is caring and friendly. They love to try out the... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I love the views and sunset. You can see a spectacular pacific ocean sunset. This is a very relaxing hotel, great rooms and very good food. The pool is awesome and in all the surround of the hotel you feel the Costa Rica experience: nature, sun and sea. My room also was great. The only thing that it was missing... More

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Pleasanton, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Hotel Christal Ballena is a very nice small hotel that is suitable for couples or families. The room I stayed in had two beds and each were canopy beds with mosquito nets if you chose to use. Most, if not all rooms had a view of the ocean (off in the distance). Very quiet, nice pool and grounds. If you... More

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Costa Rica
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Hotel Cristal Ballena is an oasis of tropical elegance in the beauty of Uvita in Costa Rica's South Pacific. The hotel is just 10 minutes from the Ballena Marine National Park, and 20 minutes from the surf town of Dominical. With the new highway, it is a quick scenic 3.5 hour drive from San Jose, and only 1 hour south... More

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Additional Information about Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort

Also Known As:
Hotel Cristal Ballena Osa Peninsula
Hotel Cristal Ballena
Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort Costa Rica/Uvita
Address: Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 hotels in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena is located in the midst of its own 12-hectare grounds, very close to the unique "Marino Ballena" Marine National Park and mountains covered in rainforest. The hotel features 14 Junior Suites, 3 Master Suites, along with 2 Family suites. Due to its excellent location, our guests can enjoy breathtaking ocean views from the big balcony. Our stylish, spacious Suites are equipped with four-poster bed, AC, ceiling fan, WLan, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, coffee maker and hairdryer. ... more   less 
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