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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 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
May S Brockville, Canada
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brockville, Canada
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264 reviews 264 reviews
37 hotel reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were renting a cottage in the area for a week. With this stay, we had access to this resort. We enjoyed relaxing on the reclining chairs near the pool. The pool was amazing. I would have to say that this pool was one of my favourites that I have swan in during a trip. It was clean and the... More

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Escondido, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This beautiful hill-top resort was one of the finest stops on our trip through Costa Rica. The food was gourmet quality and the service was most friendly. We discovered the owner Mr. Steiner, was from Austria, and was pleased to welcome his guests. Much to my wives surprise, a resident black cat named Mitzzy was a frequent visitor. Where else... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

This hotel has a good location, it's a few minutes from Marino Ballena park. We had the opportunity to see tucans from the restaurant in the morning and several types of birds. The hotel has several flowers and fruit trees in its garden. The pool was clean and nice. The service was excellent and the owners were very kind. This... More

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Charlotte
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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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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6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort 3*
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Also Known As:
Hotel Cristal Ballena Osa Peninsula
Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort Costa Rica/Uvita

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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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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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