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La Ballena Azul Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Taganga
Montevideo, Uruguay
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30 reviews
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“Very Nice Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2011

The location is great, in front of the beach, and away from the 2 noicy discoteques.
I found the staff very nice and helpfull.
My room was the least expensive but it was very clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2011

I ended up here after three miserable nights at The Casa Holanda, another place in Taganga. It seemed extremely, extremely quiet and downright luxurious after the Holanda. Not really my taste, I much would have preferred to stay at the Casa Holanda which had much more of a friendly vibe, but the La Ballena Azul was definitely quieter (my room had a window that opened to the inner courtyard) and had a nicer bed. My room was not super clean and the bathroom definitely had a 1950's vibe along part of the grime, but that was sort of part of the charm...but it was overpriced I would say. And yes, no hot water. Nothing about Taganga was what I expected...that's the fun part about traveling right?

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Thank havjoy
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DC
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2010

This property looks nice and is located conveniently close to the main street of Taganga. However, I can't recommend it, our experience was aweful. Worst: we had our laundry held for ransom while a hotel manager from Dreamer Hostel in Santa Marta came and forced us to pay AGAIN for a reservation he claimed we hadn't paid for. He then assaulted my love, kicking her in the leg. Hotel staff, including private security, did absolutely nothing to stop him, and he then began threatening to bring in the police to extort money from us. On top of that, the hotel overcharged us for our stay, a 29,000 Columbia Pesos double charge.

Travelers beware!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2010

It’s mis-informative to describe this hotel as the best in Taganga, as a previous reviewer did. There’s lots of places to stay that cost half the price that are much higher in quality – they call themselves hostels rather than hotels though.

We didn’t like Ballena Azul for many reasons. The location is noisy – it’s in the centre of town, right in front of the beach. I’ll point out that Taganga’s beach isn’t particularly attractive (head to Parque Tayrona for the amazing beaches). The food was often extremely poor in quality. Maybe I was foolish to order a steak when on the coast, but nonetheless the quality of that steak I was served was inexcusable! On the pro side the staff were all perfectly friendly, and the rooms clean and adequate without being luxury by any means.

There’s little point in staying here – it’s just not worth the money compared to all the other places in Taganga.

Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Buenos Aires
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2010

Average hotel, no hot water as other people said but is not needed. Make sure to book a room on the main building, breakfast is kind of poor. Good AC and mini pool inside the hotel if you dont feel confortable with the beach in front of the hotel (crowded and not very clean)

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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New Orleans
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2009

I decided to stay at this hotel upon arriving in Tanganga in mid July. Its not as bad as alot of reviews give it. It doesnt have hot water. Very few places have hot water on the coast. But the AC worked well. If you are going to stay in Taganga with the litter and the harmless wild dogs that seem to bark at all hours, then just stay here. Its beachfront and the breakfast is good. Bottom line, most places in Taganga are backpacker/hostel types. Check them out and others places out before u go.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank colombianv
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Vancouver, Canada
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2009

Beachfront hotel with air conditioning albeit not cool enough in the searing afternoon heat of this sleepy fishing town, it is a much better deal than staying at a hostel that has no AC.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Ballena Azul Hotel
Address: Carrera 1 Calle 18, Taganga 00000, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Taganga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Taganga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Ballena Azul Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
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