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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort

#6 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
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Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this hotel is really nice, the swimming pool is very large, the view is amazing. Rooms are with nice balcony and the place is very quiet. We had a lovely resting stay for two nights. The staff was so nice ! Thank you ! It is better to have a car even if taxi service is available.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Cristal Ballena. Since it was low season while we were there, we think we were the only family for one night. At first, we thought this was a bad sign. But, we quickly decided it was great to have the place and staff to ourselves! The pool was very big and amazing. The toucans were outside our windows... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of 9 loved this beautiful quiet hotel that felt so zen. The rooms and big and comfortable. The property is huge with lots of trees and birds. My husband called it toucan land. We saw more toucans here than anywhere else. The staff were very attentive especially Damien. We met the kind owner at dinner who introduced himself... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited mid July 2015 - loved the atmosphere and the location -situated on the hillside overlooking the pacific ocean on one side and the rainforest on the other. They have a hiking trail through the rainforest on property. Food was good and wait staff very friendly. The owner passed through the restaurant each evening visiting and chatting with guests. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place is lovely!! Waterfalls, beach and trips are amazing and real fun, just check their website gallery. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Yoga terrace is a lovely place to relax. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel, this is a place for you ! See you soon !!!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

What an amazing location!! Right up on the hillside over looking the pacific ocean, it will take your breath away! The pool and its poolside restaurant are wonderful, and the food is delicious!! Traditional Costa Rican fare mixed with international cuisine. The rooms are comfortable with in room AC and WIFI!! We were there for the wildlife so didn't spend... More 

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Aptos, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The views ( of both ocean and mountains) from this beautiful property are panoramic. The staff is friendly and helpful, including the owner. It boasts an immense swimming pool which also have wonderful ocean views. The included breakfast was good. We also enjoyed our lunch here. The food for dinner was OK. The room that we had, while spacious, was... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Very nice infinity pool. Clean comfortable rooms. Friendly staff. We really enjoyed breakfast . Lunch and dinners were elegant. It is close to Ojochal which has several wonderful restaurants. Corcovado park is not far.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We spent 2 nights in this resort as from 30th april 2015. Wonderful hotel with a unique park were we have seen the famous toucan but not only one, more than 15 on a tree during 30 minuts and a lot of birds. You could visit it with an hotel guide. This park is very rich with unusual beautiful trees,... More 

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Consuhotel, Director of Sales at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Dear guest We feel so proud you took your time to write this kind comment about our hotel, thank you so much. Cristal Ballena is a Birding Hotspot. Toucans, aracaris, parrots, crested guans and King vultures are some of the most evident birds, but also small gems like white crested coquette hummingbirds are also resident in our colorful gardens. In... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The hotel is really nice and is on a perfect place with an incredible oceanview. There is so much nature all around and it takes about 10 minutes to walk to the beach. It was no problem by the hotel to take us to the beach by car. The rooms have always been clean and there was no big problem... More 

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Consuhotel, Director of Sales at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Dear guest, First of all, let me thank you for choosing Cristal Ballena for your stay in Costa Rica. We appreciate a lot the time you spent on writing us your feedback and sharing with Tripadvisor community. We are glad to know you value our free shuttle service to Ballena beach, the largest beach of Marino Ballena National Park in... More 

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