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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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  • 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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Aptos, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Austria
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

St. Leonard, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

After spending most of our time near Manuel Antonio on previous visits to Costa Rica, we decided to venture further South to the Bellena and Uvita area. Arriving Cristal Bellena, we were met by a very friendly staff, expansive Ocean views and delicious food served by very courteous and professional servers. Our favorite time of the day was sunset over... More 

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cbcrew, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Dear guest Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments we do so appreciate the feedback. It is apleasure to read that you have a enjoyable time as our guest and you felt so well looked after by thr Cristal Ballena team. We look forward to welcoming back soon. Best wishes, More 

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Large, beautiful rooms, landscaped grounds, and a huge swimming pool greet you at this property which is literally well off the road and surrounded by jungle! Great buffet breakfast and four-start eating at the patio dining area in the evening. Gracious hosts and very friendly staff. This is a fairly new property built by and reflecting the culture of its... More 

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cbcrew, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Dear Tim B, We are very happy to read these kind comments about our hotel. Thank you so much for your time to write your critic about the restaurant, because is one of our priority areas of continuous improvement, and your comment suggests that we are in the correct way. Our restaurant staff has been trained in the last months... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The service in this place is amazing, receptionists are always willing to help with the transfers, tour arrangements and recommendations. I stayed with my wife and she was very excited to discover all tropical plants in the garden and jungle around, because it is an absolutely stunning property. The location in a quiet area within walking distance from sea frint... More 

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cbcrew, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Dear Ryan B Thank you so much for your time to write and share your tropical experience in our small boutique hotel. It was very pleasant to find guests as your wife, that we remember so well, with a so strong connection with nature around and so happy to discover our jungle trails, birds, monkeys and butterflies around. Best regards... More 

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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Lovely, exotic resort with all the amenities!!! A special place for celebrations. Clean, A.C., fantastic staff, excellent food, and wildlife everywhere! We love our visits in this 5 star resort and will be back!!

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cbcrew, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Dear silv1012, Thank you so much for writing this gentle review about our hotel. We have to mention that we are only four stars, but if you think that we are 5 stars it is very motivating in our stairway to the excellence. Looking forward your next visit, More 

El Paso Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The rating is based on the Cabin and Price of alcoholic beverages, which we did not have. The first night there we got to watch a client complain about his $160+ 6 drink top shelf Margarita tab. The food is great including the complimentary breakfast and the happy hour by the pool at Sunset is good. At 1/2 price the... More 

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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a top hotel in the area, with amazing ocean views. All the rooms have fantastic balconies overlooking the grounds and Pacific Ocean. We were three adults and shared a room with two double beds. The maid left flower blooms in our room every day and all the staff are equally welcoming and helpful. The owners are welcoming and... More 

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