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“Ideal for families and larger groups” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bungalows Ballena
Ranked #11 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Ideal for families and larger groups”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

We were a party of eight adults and two children (two and five years) who rented a bungalow and the apartment. Both were better than expected, bungalow with full kitchen and cozy veranda where we all got a place to dine. The hotel area was small but well planned with a playground and swimming pool with water slide which the kids loved. We were well received and everyone was very nice and helpful. Located just a few hundred meters from the entrance to Marino Ballena National Park with a beautiful beach with calm waves where even the kids could swim. We are very pleased!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

Great lodging and great people, I reccommend Ballena Bungalows to families and groups of friends.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank sjkusters
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

We stayed at the bungalows in May 2011. Our two boys (6 & 8yrs ) loved the pool, the slide and Adrian the owner. The bungalow was spacious, very clean and had lovely hand crafted locally made furnishings. The kitchen was equipped with everything you could need. We made delicious fresh mango smoothies every morning with the blender provided. We planned to stay 1 night on our way to Irazu volcano and ended up staying 3 nights, we would have stayed longer if we were not coming to the end of our trip. We wished we would have had the opportunity to use the BBQ patio's around the pool. The staff were helpful and friendly. The location was great just a couple of minutes walk to the National park with it's beautiful long beach.
We'd love to return some time.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MichaelaFranco
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San Francisco, California
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

We spent a nice two nights in a huge bungalow. There was a kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms. A lot more than we needed, but we took advantage of the well equipped kitchen and bought some groceries and cooked.

The National Park (and beach) are a short walk away. The hotel was fairly empty, so most of the time we had the pool (which is very nice) to ourselves.

I think it is a good value for a family as there is lots of sleeping space and you can make your own meals. As a couple, it would have been nice to have a bar or restaurant.

Overall, a pleasant surprise though.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Howie K
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

+ superb accomodation
+ luxury tv fridge kitchen
+ nice pool open till 10 pm
+ playground

- noisy (especially apartment, which is in same building as reception) noisy because everthing is made of wood and swimming pool is open till 10 pm
- waterslide too fast for children beneath 8 yr.
- parking lot, sometimes transformed in garage or car wash by and for staff en local people
- is it normal that staff is using swimming pool as well??

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Bungalows Ballena
Address: 300 m North from Marino ballena National Park | Bahia, 100 metros sur del restaurante Los Delfines, Uvita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
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Ranked #11 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bungalows Ballena 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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