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“If going to Ojochal you must stay here..” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Uvita
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“If going to Ojochal you must stay here..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

This resort has a great view and the staff and resort is five stars. The junior Suite is a large room that has a great view. This spa is small but it rates as good as if not better then the big spa's. We got a message and it was great. The pool is very large and has a great view of the ocean and moutains. The prices are fair and the food was great. Spoil yourself and loved ones and stay a night or two here. You will not be sorry and your body and mind will thank you. There is internet access but not in all rooms but access works great in the common areas. You come here to relax so you do not need the internet.

David

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

We spent three nights at Cristal Ballena, and we were mainly interested in birding and just enjoying the rain forest. We had the place pretty much to ourselves (December 10) and spent a lot of time on our balcony, watching the birds and the sun set over the Pacific. Dining by the pool was nice, especially in the morning (included with room rate), with a large selection of fare. We drove south to Ojochal one night to Citrus Restaurant, where we had a good fish dinner and wonderful fruit drinks. We also took a mangrove tour with Bahia Aventuras, arranged through the hotel. Rafael was our guide through part of the huge estuary; he and the other guys were good spotters: ibis, crocodiles, white-faced monkeys, turtles and any number of other birds. To finish, they took us out into the ocean and through some shoreline caves; that was terrific.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

Cristal Ballena is so nice and so much better than what other offer for the same money. The pool is outstanding, rooms are spacious and cozy. Views are soothing and deep, with the ocean on front and those mountains along the sides. I was amazed that I could actually hear the surf from my room, that doesnt happen often on hilltop places such as this, so you get the best of the hill spot / breeze, less insects, views, and also feel so close to the water! hurry as whale watching season is wonderful this year!! This visit I was on business but I am sure to return for a leisure stay as soon as I can.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

The hotel is as billed- charming, great location and wonderful staff and owner!
All the rooms have fantastic views and are immaculately kept.
The restaurant is very good with local and international cuisine. It overlooks the Pacific and the pool. All of the staff are attentive and helpful.
The owner an Austrian lawyer, who fell in love with Costa Rica takes the time to chat will all the guest. He has built a Hotel so he can share his dream with others.
If you want to relax in style, this is the place.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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Pleasantville, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

We took a drive down the Pacific coast of Costa Rica - no plans, no reservations. Hey, it's the Green Season (aka the "rainy season") and it should be easy to get a hotel for a night or two just be driving up. Wrong!

But Cristal Ballena did find us two rooms for the first night and promised us two different rooms for the second night. Well, the rejigged things and we didn't have to move - first bonus, and the reception staff were so darn accomodating at all times.

And we were really pleased to be at the Cristal Ballena - the hilltop views were mesmerizing. The rooms where large, the linens, soft and clean. The pool was large, deep and clean (note: not terribly friendly for small children). And the best part was that during the off season the hotel had a $64 pp. special, including breakfast.

We really liked this hotel and will be sure to visit it again (but we'll make reservations this time!)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

This is a lovely place situated on a hilltop overlooking a quiet beach. This is a small hotel, so the place was always quiet. The pool is fantastic, very large and never many people around. It is situated next to the bar and restaurant. The beach is a short drive by shuttle or drive yourself, it is too far to walk. The breakfast was very good especially the plantains and fruit. Dinner was good, prices were reasonable. The owner stopped by to say hello and was very charming. We enjoyed the spa and felt it was also a good value. The rooms are a generous size, The patios are very large and have great ocean views. The property is beautiful, you can see many birds and lovely landscaping. At the bottom of the hill is a lovely walking trail and river. The town of Uvita is very laidback and non touristy. There are convenient markets within a 5 minute drive. We also went on a tour with Bahia tours and saw whales, dolphins and a rainforest hike.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

I spent one night with friends in this hotel which is located at around 80 meters above sea-level on a hill of the coastal range and we liked it so much that we wanted to stay a second night but it was unfortunately fully booked. The view, the rooms and the food are excellent. The pool is perfectly maintained and has such a wide dimension that you can freely swim. The service including the management of the hotel was very friendly and attentive.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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: Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Resort Cristal Ballena is located in the midst of its own 12-hectare grounds, very close to the unique "Marino Ballena" Marine National Park and mountains covered in rainforest. The hotel features 14 Junior Suites, 3 Master Suites, along with 2 Family suites. Due to its excellent location, our guests can enjoy breathtaking ocean views from the big balcony. Our stylish, spacious Suites are equipped with four-poster bed, AC, ceiling fan, WLan, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, coffee maker and hairdryer. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Cristal Ballena Osa Peninsula
Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort Costa Rica/Uvita

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