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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort

3.0 of 5 Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
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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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This hotel has spectacular views from everywhere. The rooms are big and have a large terrace, which is very nice to appreciate the sunsets. The bathrooms are a little dated and are going to need a flip very soon, It is importante to take into account that it is going to be a little difficult to stay at this hotel... More 

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Scarsdale, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a gorgeous, spacious room with an incredible patio overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed our late afternoon sunsets and would then head out for dinner. Mornings we were treated to the wonderful sounds of birds and then a delicious breakfast. We were often greeted by someone in the Steiner family either during breakfast or in the evening. They were... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately this was our least favourite place of all the places we stayed during our 3.5 week tour of Costa Rica. The male receptionist was rude and arrogant - we were quite shocked. Staying in the 'rustic' cabins is not advised, for several reasons (broken lights, broken tv, huge spiders, broken fan, unpleasant bathroom..!). Similarly, if you don't have a... More 

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Asten, The Netherlands
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 3 nights at this beautiful locati Not too big hotel,Nice and quiet. Nice rooms and vieuw at the oceanen. Super garden with many birds. I could make beautiful pictures of the toucan just in front of nu room. Very good breakfast and lunches. Very friendly personal and austrian owner Hotelshuttle to the beach. Birding with a guide around... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you were to ask me to describe what my ideal honeymoon location would include, my description wouldn't even come close to the beauty we experienced at Cristal Ballena. Ocean views, rainforest views, birds singing and dancing around all day long, a relaxing HUGE pool, delicious fruit and coffee and more for breakfast... it's hard to list everything that I... More 

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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Very big and very comfortable rooms with terrace on the ocean. Swimming pool and a restaurant where you may eat very good food while tucans fly from one tree to the other. Quiet and peceful place to stay.

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gulf shores
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258 reviews 258 reviews
96 hotel reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I visited in August 2014. My wife and I stopped here one day for lunch. My wife had chicken fajitas. I had a cheese quesedilla. The menu is large and the service is wonderful. The setting is really great outdoors under a covered veranda overlooking the pool and the forest. The pool is beautiful and huge. I... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

We spent six nights in this extremely nice and luxurious resort - we had planned only to stay three but found the place so relaxing and nice that we staid longer. We had a junior suite which is spacious and comfortable but where upgraded later to a master suite at no extra cost with an even more marvellous view of... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

beautiful hotel, huge rooms, great food, nice pool, close to the national whale tail park. Our kids really liked the hotel. The negative part was that the trip to cano islands was different in price on the website then when you asked for it. They asked USD100 more for the trip, which we declined unhappily. Also the kids were both... More 

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Brockville, Canada
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265 reviews 265 reviews
36 hotel reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

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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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*
Number of rooms: 19
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Also Known As:
Hotel Cristal Ballena Osa Peninsula
Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort Costa Rica/Uvita
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Uvita

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