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“Definitely not an Ecolodge” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Whales and Dolphins
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   17 Km. Sur de Playa Dominical, Jardines del Morete | Uvita de Osa 1 Puntarenas, Uvita 4030, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Uvita B&B and Inns
Wichita, Kansas
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Definitely not an Ecolodge”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Stopped by Whales and Dolphins because we heard the views were great. Unfortunately, that's the only good thing about the place. 'Ecolodge' must be a loosely used term in Costa Rica, because the water tanks in their parking lot were overflowing the entire time we were there. We mentioned it to the front desk (maybe someone didn't notice?) and they clearly did not care. We also heard from some locals that this steals thousands of gallons of water from everyone else. Much better, more friendly and sustainable places to stay at in Uvita. Just having Ecolodge in the name means nothing and the views are incredible from many other locations.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Waterloo, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

After a challenging 10 minute drive up a very steep rock and gravel road, we were anxious to stay at this place (Ecolodge? No, it's a rundown hotel), located on the west slope overlooking Bahia Ballena and the Whale's Tail. Although the view did not disappoint, everything else did. We were greeted by Raoul (the only pleasant part of this experience besides the view), who was the receptionist, bell-boy and later our waiter when we had a very mediocre meal at the restaurant. He was one of only 2 employees working that night, other than the cook. Really? You're running a 20-odd room hotel with 2 staff members to serve guests?? The next big disappointment was the room. Looks like it had just been renovated - 20 years ago! Uncomfortable bed, ugly decor, noisy A/C (our friends room had no working A/C), old CRT TV with no working remote, etc.. We had the worst sleep of our 4 week stay in Costa Rica here. We would have stayed somewhere else except that everything seemed to be booked because of a festival of some kind in Uvita that weekend. This place was apparently taken over by new owners last Oct/Nov, but it looks as though they haven't done anything to improve it so far (a magazine ad we saw for Whales & Dolphins said it was a newly renovated hotel - right). Don't make the same mistake we did in leaving our accommodation to chance; plan ahead and stay somewhere nice. There are lots of great places in Uvita, but this is not one of them.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Jobstown, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

My boyfriend and I went to Whales and Dolphins for dinner and drinks -- twice. We couldn't get enough of the view! Food was great, service was wonderful. Johnny was awesome! Even let us cool off in the pool before dinner, set us up with complimentary towels, even though we were staying at a local hostel. Strongly recommend to watch the sunset!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rogers, AR
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

My husband and I went here with some friends for sunset drinks and Bocas. Let me tell you, the view was BEAUTIFUL! We ordered drinks (you HAVE to have the Whale! I had a couple! LOL). Then we ordered bocas. My husband and I had chicken fingers and fries and our friends had fish fingers and nachos. Delicious! And so much food! The nachos alone could have fed the 4 of us!!! The service was impeccable. The staff mad sure everything was alright and offered to refill our drinks several time. Very nice staff! We really enjoyed our evening and highly recommend this to anyone visiting Costa Rica!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is an exceptional find. If visiting the southwest coast of Costa Rica near Dominical, Uvita, or Ojochal, this property is well worth your consideration. It was recently purchased and renovated (circa December 2012) and has an incredible view of the "tail" and a terrific chef serving up fresh and tasty local cuisine. The staff are very attentive and anxious to please. English is spoken and welcomed here.

Tim and Tiffany are the new owners. They live close by and want to make sure their guests have a great experience. They are continuing upgrades.

The poolside bar and view of the sunsets are to die for.

Can't understand why others do not consider this a great value for the money. A high quality breakfast included with the room makes this a sweet deal.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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durango
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We recently spent two nights and Whales & Dolphins. I gave it 4 stars because of the view and the staff. The beds etc were comfy and the room clean. The room could use a little tlc. It was a little overpriced but the view was incredible! We had such great service all through Costa Rica but I especially appreciated the friendly interaction we had at Whales & Dolphins.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Niceville, Florida, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This was the last leg of a great vacation for 4 of us. The Whales & Dolphins Ecolodge was intimate and the staff made our stay wonderful. Johnny and his staff were friendly and engaging. We relaxed every evening with a great meal made with fresh ingredients, a swim, and beautiful views of the Bellena Whales Tail. In the morning we woke to beautiful views and Toucans in the trees.

Thanks again for a great ending to a great vacation. Liz and the Chicas. Pura Vida!

Room Tip: If you had difficulty walking ask for a room close to the dining pool area.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 Km. Sur de Playa Dominical, Jardines del Morete | Uvita de Osa 1 Puntarenas, Uvita 4030, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Whales and Dolphins 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is dramatically located on a bluff overlooking Ballena Marina Park, the pacific coast and Cano Island, This national park includes the largest coral reef on the pacific side of Costa Rica. This wildlife sanctuary protects different species of whales and dolphins together with other marine life. We can offer you the best of both worlds: rich rainforest combined with abundant marine life. Walk into the "green world" of immense biodiversity right on your doorstep. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Whales & Dolphins Ecolodge Hotel Uvita
Whales And Dolphins Ecolodge
Hotel Whales And Dolphins Costa Rica/Uvita

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