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Costanera Sur Highway Marker Km 170 go 500 south and 1100east, Ballena 60504 Costa Rica
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#3 of 10 in Ballena
Location
4.4
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.5
Value
4.3
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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
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Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Safe
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Non-smoking rooms
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Charming
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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dv_buddy wrote a review Mar 2020
Golden61 contributions27 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
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Snowbird1071 wrote a review Dec 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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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Jason H wrote a review Jun 2016
Tucson, United States2 contributions
I truly enjoyed staying at this resort. The staff is fantastic. They were attentive and made sure we were taken care of the entire trip. The views are fantastic and being surrounded by the rain forest was magical.
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Date of stay: June 2016
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Room Tip: Excellent views of the ocean and the rain forest. Only a few kilometers from the beach.
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mrrichey72 wrote a review Jun 2016
North Fort Myers, Florida7 contributions
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We had a group of 28 there in early June. This is a very nice area with a stunning view of the water , you can hike the grounds for a lot of wonderful pictures of plants , flowers, and animals. Gabriel and the rest of the staff did an amazing job of taking care of all of us.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Traveled
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Gabriel B wrote a review Jun 2016
San Isidro del General, Costa Rica3 contributions
When you leave a beautiplace, you carryit with you wherever you go. Is one of my favorite places to relax and be close to nature, here you will find our path to be free, an amazing forest sorround by lots of animals, ocean view.
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Date of stay: June 2016
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ABSearles wrote a review Apr 2016
Destin, Florida35 contributions15 helpful votes
Amazing getaway location with a beautiful view of the Pacific Coast. The staff is incredibly friendly and go out of their way to make your vacation a memorable one. We went on our honeymoon here and I don't think I would've gone anywhere else its the perfect combination of adventure and serenity. We also booked all our adventures/ tours through the Hotel and they were all incredible!
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Traveled
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Toula84 wrote a review Dec 2015
Terrebonne, Oregon11 contributions8 helpful votes
We were ever so disappointed in room #9. This bungalow hasn't been updated for years! The shower was terrible. Water from the shower head squirted all over, the toilet leaked, the toilet handle was broken, bugs in the window sills, sliding glass door was dirty, no glasses or cups. Needs painting & total update for the terrible price they made us pay. The A/C worked off & on, had to have maintenance reset the A/C. Not a good experience & couldn't wait to check out. The path to out room was awful. You have to be really careful as to not trip.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Traveled
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Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasBallena
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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 Stam Café (3.7 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 Bagel Time Bakery, Pizza Time, and Ballena Bistro.
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.