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Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort

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Geneva
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We booked into the Cristal Ballena because our rental home, though stunning, was a little bit too open to wildlife. We were lucky to find somewhere this nice so nearby. The hotel is situated in magnificent grounds, owned by a patrician Austrian from Salzburg (the owners live on the property and are closely involved). Reception was very responsive to numerous... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had lunch there and stayed all day until the sun started to go down. I did not rent a room at the resort, but it is a delightful place. The food is great. Desserts are amazing. The atmosphere is relaxed but also elegant.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sits on a hill with seaview. Perched wi th the jungle in back. Nice gardens. Large pool wi th ocean view. Rooms large and clean. Hotel staff nice and accomodative. Well run. Restaurant good not excellent.

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Saint-Cergues
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent a few days again in this wonderfull hotel in April 2016. We still appreciated the space rooms, the hudge pool and the view, the restaurant with a large choice of menus (french spoken as well) and moreover, the quality of the reception. Every day, the owner and his nice wife take their meals with us and take the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

If you like peaceful places, surrounded by nature and don't want to be in a crowded touristy area, this is a great choice. I love the Central Pacific in Costa Rica, but I find the heavy tourism in Manuel Antonio and Jacó pretty overwhelming. I was surprised to go to Cristal Ballena and see all these birds and other animals,... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We have never stayed here as we have a house in the area BUT we eat here for the food and the view! Pricey ($18 hamburgers) but the view of the ocean is second to none! I can recommend the palm salad and their ceviche and the mojitos. Only a short distance off the road and clearly marked signs.

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for choosing to experience the gastronomy of our "Pura Vida" restaurant while your stay in the area. Our very special hamburgers are part of the favorite choices from our local-international menu. The Angus Hamburguer ($18) 8 oz. (250 gr.) you had, it is very famous, prepared with premium imported meat and local veggies plus the secret... More 

San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The views from the rooms at the Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort were absolutely beautiful. Loved having coffee on our balcony while watching the sunrise over the ocean. Also took pictures of toucans perched on a nearby tree. The grounds at this hotel are lovely and well maintained. Breakfasts and dinners were delicious. Our server for dinner and breakfast was awesome!!... More 

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit to our property and the time for writing and share your experience with us in the Costa Ballena area. The view from our rooms, restaurant and open areas of the gardens, is one o of our main highlights. It is great to hear you have taken the time to experience the exquisite sunset... More 

San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

My family recently stayed at Cristal Ballena in Costa Rica. I have to say it is a beautiful hotel with stunning views. The staff was very attentive & helpful. The rooms were very large & spacious, all with amazing ocean views. Breakfast was fantastic. Overall a really pleasant experience.

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

We feel very honored with your words regarding our property, because this represents we accomplished our mission to make you feel at home and have a pleasant and unique experience in our piece of paradise. The view from our property is breathtaking and is our main highlight, together with the service of our staff and the very special gastronomy experiences... More 

London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This is a lovely small hotel, set in beautiful surroundings with a breath-taking view over the countryside and out to sea, and great sunsets. The rooms are large, most with a balcony, free wi-fi, aircon and a good sized pool. What lets this place down is the service compared to other places in Costa Rica. The reception staff were indifferent,... More 

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

A small hotel but with excellent pool and public area, beautiful gardens, all rooms have a sea view and are spacious and comfortable with patio, although need a bit more attention to maintenance details. Wonderful views all around of the sea and cloud forest.Excellent for bird watching, we spotted toucans and other birds each morning and evening of our three... More 

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SergeAri, Marketing Director at Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort, responded to this review

Hello John, Thank you very much for your visit to our property. It is great to know that you enjoy the ocean-mountain view of our property, our bird filled gardens (+250 species of birds) and the services of our amazing always friendly staff. thank you very much for considering Cristal Ballena your best accommodation experience from your visits to the... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Airport Transportation
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
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 

Additional Information about Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort

Address: Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Price Range: $154 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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Also Known As:
Hotel Cristal Ballena Osa Peninsula
Hotel Cristal Ballena Resort Costa Rica/Uvita
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Uvita
#5 Spa Hotel in Uvita
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