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Mar y Selva Ecolodge

Costanera Sur Highway Marker Km 170 go 500 south and 1100east, Ballena 60504 Costa Rica
Prices above are provided by partners for one room, with variable occupancy rules as provided by the property, and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
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#3 of 9 Specialty lodging in Ballena
Eco-style elegance! Mar y Selva Ecolodge is immersion in the jungle with all the comforts of home. Close to pristine beaches including Punta Uvita - famous Moses Pass and Whale’s Tail; Semi-Olympic pool, and personalized service. We overlook the Ballena Marine National Park; near Corcovado National Park; Caño Island Biological Reserve; the mangroves of the Sierpe and Terraba Rivers, Manuel Antonio National Park and several waterfalls, including Nauyaca Falls.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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dv_buddy wrote a review Mar 2020
Golden61 contributions7 helpful votes
Our room was very nice and clean. The walkway down to the rooms is fairly steep but doable as long as you don't have mobility issues. The breakfasts are prepared fresh, no steam table stuff, and they asked what time we would like to have it served. Although the staff did not speak English we communicated just fine using the Google translate on our phones, The pool is huge but they were working on it so we were unable to take advantage of it. My only complaint is that the safe in our room was unusable because a previous guest had kept the key and they didn't have another one. We don't like just leaving money and passports in our room or having to carry it all with us if we want to go somewhere. It wasn't as big of a deal since we were the only two guests and there is always staff present. We thought about having them move us to another room that had a working safe but many of the other rooms had the same issue.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Snowbird1071 wrote a review Dec 2016
4 contributions
My family came here for a family vacation. When it rains the electric went out so did the water. There's hills getting to the bungalows and not many tvs. The main house has steps to go up and the door doesn't lock. This place is not good for elderly or people with health issues. It is located on a hill, will need a car or plan on spending money on taxis. Staff doesn't speak English and leave food out for bugs and ants to get in.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
templin5 wrote a review Oct 2016
Ballena11 contributions3 helpful votes
This hotel is in the jungle and claims to be environmentally friendly. They have regular parties with such loud music it disturbs people for many kilometers. Scares the monkeys and other wildlife away too. Terrible.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Traveled on business
Jessica B wrote a review Jun 2016
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Just got back from an absolutely amazing vacation at the Mar y Selva Ecolodge! We had a large group and plenty of space. The bungalows were all clean and well maintained. My AC worked so well that I had to turn it off at times. The pool was a great way to be welcomed to the lodge. Our staff are top rate as they cooked several meals for us and took care of our rooms on a daily basis. If you want a place to enjoy nature, relax, and be treated like family, this is the place to come.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Traveled with friends
Ellanya wrote a review Jun 2016
Cape Coral, Florida8 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for a week with a group of 28. Gabriel and his staff were incredible. The rooms were comfortable and very clean and the staff kept the entire place that way. I highly recommend staying here with a group. Breakfast was ready every morning according to the time we were going on tours. They were extremely accommodating and helped set up everything. We had the staff prepare our meals most evenings and it was perfect. The only thing I would've done differently is rent a vehicle. The view is breathtaking and we were visited by a troop of monkeys and saw tons of wildlife just by walking around the property.
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Date of stay: June 2016
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
$79 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mar y Selva Ecolodge
Which popular attractions are close to Mar y Selva Ecolodge?
Nearby attractions include Playa Ventanas (2.0 miles), Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (5.0 miles), and El Refugio Costa Ballena (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mar y Selva Ecolodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Mar y Selva Ecolodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mar y Selva Ecolodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mar y Selva Ecolodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pizza Time, Ballena Bistro, and The Bamboo Room.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mar y Selva Ecolodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mar y Selva Ecolodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.