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“Really bad bookingsystem” 1 of 5 stars
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300 m North from Marino ballena National Park | Bahia, 100 metros sur del restaurante Los Delfines, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
Tim, Denmark
1 review
“Really bad bookingsystem”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

DId book the hotel by internet and got at confirmation that the room has been booked. The day of arrival I was -email that our booking was cancelled due to no vacancies. If you want to go there you better phone and get you confitmatiion confirmed. I think this is very poor manageement.

Found another great place instead named Cabinas Los Laureles, where the son of the owner makes Kayak-trips around the area - great value.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Bungalows Ballena was great. Very clean - pool was nice - people were helpful - we enjoyed the kitchen, gazebo and having 2 bathrooms was nice for our family of six. Plus very convenient to the beach, restaurants and local grocery store.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Wonderfull bungalows fully equiped for groups. Very clean, fantastic pool and playgarden for childern. Just à few steps from the beach. Andres the manager has great tips for trips or beaches. We went horseriding through the mountains and beach, the neighbour has great horses. À fantastic experience. When you are with family its great to go for à group BBq, there are rancho's by THE bungalow that you can use. I would recommend this place for families, childern just love it here as well as adults. Feels like home but then better...

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oranjestad, Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Very nice, clean and luxury bungalows to enjoy and relax. A great swimming pool with seats inside. Nice patio's with BBQ were we enjoyed some lovely evenings.
The staff was very nice and helpful.

Don't forgot to make a horseback ride with the nice neighbor through the woods and over the beach. We saw monkeys and toucans and we had a very nice swim at a beautiful Poule at a waterfall.

We would love to come back sometimes.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We were a party of eight adults and two children (two and five years) who rented a bungalow and the apartment. Both were better than expected, bungalow with full kitchen and cozy veranda where we all got a place to dine. The hotel area was small but well planned with a playground and swimming pool with water slide which the kids loved. We were well received and everyone was very nice and helpful. Located just a few hundred meters from the entrance to Marino Ballena National Park with a beautiful beach with calm waves where even the kids could swim. We are very pleased!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012 via mobile

Great lodging and great people, I reccommend Ballena Bungalows to families and groups of friends.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

We stayed at the bungalows in May 2011. Our two boys (6 & 8yrs ) loved the pool, the slide and Adrian the owner. The bungalow was spacious, very clean and had lovely hand crafted locally made furnishings. The kitchen was equipped with everything you could need. We made delicious fresh mango smoothies every morning with the blender provided. We planned to stay 1 night on our way to Irazu volcano and ended up staying 3 nights, we would have stayed longer if we were not coming to the end of our trip. We wished we would have had the opportunity to use the BBQ patio's around the pool. The staff were helpful and friendly. The location was great just a couple of minutes walk to the National park with it's beautiful long beach.
We'd love to return some time.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 300 m North from Marino ballena National Park | Bahia, 100 metros sur del restaurante Los Delfines, Uvita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Bungalows Ballena Costa Rica/Uvita

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