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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort

#7 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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Douglas, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

this place is just wonderful. tranquil, relaxing, great atmosphere, wonderful views from the room and pool/dining area. swimming pool is grand and inviting. the food is lovely and the staff are friendly. sit back and relax or venture out and explore the area nearby. either way, this place is pure bliss.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful hotel with spectacular sea views and views of the rainforest. The sunsets are equally spectacular! The facilities are excellent, with a large pool and high levels of service from the friendly staff. We met the owners once or twice during our stay who were charming and interested in what we were doing day to day. They... More 

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Thank Jinken
Kountze, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to Costa Rica several times, and by far this is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. The facilities are fantastic. The rooms are very large and comfortable and all the rooms have great views of the Pacific and the mountains. They have a great breakfast and it is complimentary. I didn't use the... More 

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Thank Jimmie M
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This boutique, family-owned hotel is set on a hillside overlooking the rainforest. A great spot for just relaxing. The gardens surrounding it are beautiful. We particularly liked the fan palms which the owner told us came from Madagascar. There's a nice pool, pool-side restaurant with excellent food and attentive staff. I would have rated it higher except for the bed.... More 

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Thank JanniceE
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What this hotel lacks in romantic charm is more than made up by the spectacular views, fabulous groans and wonderful and attentive staff. We stayed here for 7 nights during the holidays and ate many meals in the restaurant. Almost everyday we were visited at our table by the friendly and welcoming Austrian owner. The hotel staff helped us plan... More 

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Thank BrenhamRancher
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed here as a family of four (2 kids ages 8 and 11) and the hotel room was perfect. It had 2 twin size beds and a king with a view overlooking the Pacific. The location was perfect, the staff was so attentive and wanted to ensure we had a great stay.

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Thank Cynthia G
Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

This no-beach hotel offers a perfect mix between costa rican nature and four star comfort. Large rooms with wonderful views of the pacific. A big circular pool and good food (including Wiener Schnitzel) are very tempting. We enjoyed three tranquil days there after some more adventorous times in Central America.

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Thank pkitzi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The hotel is set on a bluff with a fantastic view of the Pacific ocean and Isle Ballena. The rooms were generous and the bedding comfortable. My issue was with the overall operation of the property. The staff were friendly and enthusiastic (special kudos to Ricardo, Alberto and Diana) but there seemed to be a lack of oversight from management.... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The pool looks like it is designed for a movie project with synchronized swimming. The rooms are large with four poster California King beds. Why is this place in a Costa Rica forest? I don't know, but it was enjoyable being there. The food was good, but the food service was only fair. Still, all in all, a great respit... More 

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Thank pageslady
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We loved this hotel and would come back when the opportunity permits. The rooms are clean, air conditioned, appropriately supplied and tastefully decorated. The staff are delightful to engage in conversation. The restaurant offers a wide variety of food and drinks and the service is excellent. The chef is very talented. The ocean views and surrounding forest are beautiful. The... More 

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