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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A excellent place to stay in Ulvita. Incredible views of the Pacific with your own private deck. A wonderful clean infinity pool. Breakfast was very taste with fresh fruit. The staff was very friendly and helpful. What else..? I will be back to stay with them.

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Thank jjpodson
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

During our first visit October 2015 this was fantastic but they were changing ownership. When we returned in July it was less then mediocre! The service was terrible, wifi only available in dinning area and no smoking area anywhere on the property! The food was terrible and very expensive! We will not be returning

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Thank Evelyn Z
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we were blown away by the incredible views surrounding us. The rooms were very comfortable though we spent most of the time on the balcony looking at the ocean. I am already looking forward to the next time! 😎

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Thanks Vista Ballena for making our stay...yummie breakfast, awesome view, great pool. felt like we were above it all. Rooms were great. Watched an amazing afternoon storm right from our own private deck. Staff very relaxed.

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Thank Chris G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I had fun with the staff, enjoyed the awesome view and took care of business, again with the help of the staff, who never let me down! The food was excellent, the rooms very clean and I was comfortable in the whole environment of the quaint hotel. Everyday I was greeted by howler monkeys, tucans, iguanas, butterflies of all sorts,... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

After our previous reservations had fallen through, a local restaurant helped us by recommending (and calling ahead) to help us secure a room here for the night. We arrived after dark having just driven from the south up the coast. We needed a mini fridge for our groceries, and after an extreme adventure experience in the jungle of the Osa... More 

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Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

An amazing hotel on the mountain overlooking the Whale's Tail in Uvita. The staff is friendly and helpful speaking both English and Spanish. This hotel is nestled in the rainforest and is charming. The restaurant has excellent food. It is clean and the plate presentation beautiful. The restaurant is situated outside and overlooks the beautiful infinity pool with an ocean... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This review is only on the restaurant as we were staying nearby and came for dinner one evening and were very pleasantly surprised at the facilities. The view is spectacular, overlooking the whale's tail and great sunset views. The staff were friendly and attentive. The menu suited our taste with good choices for just about anyone. There were parents having... More 

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Thank CliveH47
JimenezA_R, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Vista Ballena, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We feel very honored with the description you are giving to our property. Our staff makes its best to give our guests the best experiences. The view from our property is breathtaking and is one of our main highlights, together with the service of our staff, from our restaurant you can enjoy of beautiful sunsents, ocean and nature... More 

Markham, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

We just got back home. We spent a week in this wonderful hotel. The view is out of this world - you can see the whale tail pretty clearly and also Cano Island on a clear day, etc. The sunsets in this hotel are also out of this world. Many people come to just see the sunset, have a drink... More 

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Thank Irene K
JimenezA_R, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Vista Ballena, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We feel very honored with your words regarding our lodging and staff, because this represents we accomplished our mission to make you feel at home and have a pleasant and unique experience in our small piece of paradise. We have a strategic location, and helps to offer a amazing views from the balconies, restaurant and pool deck, of... More 

Meredith, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

The staff here is very friendly and quite accommodating. Great place to see tropical birds and other wildlife. We booked two rooms, one of which was kind of tired - particularly the air-conditioning and our door, but otherwise things were wonderful. Great value, outstanding food, and a quiet place (at least when we were there). Would definitely return.

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Thank Chas R
JimenezA_R, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Vista Ballena, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your visit to our lodging. It is great to know that you enjoyed the ocean-wildlife views from our property, and the services of our amazing always friendly staff, we know that our staff in the kitchen works with passion and this helps to prepare delicious food in our restaurant. About the A/C, we... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
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 

Additional Information about Vista Ballena

Address: Jardines del Morete | 17 Km. Sur de Playa Dominical, Uvita de Osa 1 Puntarenas, Uvita 4030, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Whales and Dolphins)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Price Range: $102 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vista Ballena 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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Also Known As:
Whales And Dolphins Ecolodge
Whales & Dolphins Ecolodge Hotel Uvita
Vista Ballena Costa Rica/Uvita
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