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Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 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 Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, 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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6 reviews
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Reviewed 6 July 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 Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, 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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20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 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 Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, 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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 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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6 reviews
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Reviewed 22 May 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 Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, 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 

New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

This hotel was a jaw dropper when we arrived. Feels like it is out of the Gatsby era. The rooms are spotless, large, comfortable and have outdoor patio with comfortable furniture. The grounds are beautifully groomed and gorgeous. Pool is immense and gorgeous as well. There are fruit trees around the perimeter and I can still smell the guava tree... More 

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

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 from the housekeepers taking care of your rooms, the gardeners working in the grounds and green areas with native plants, colorful flowers and tropical fruits, to our chef and kitchen staff giving in each meal... More 

Costa Rica
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32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Myself, my Wife & young Daughter spent the weekend here during April 2016 and had an excellent weekend. The resort was so relaxed & peaceful. Our room was great with a sea view and we sat watching Toucans from our balcony, which was awesome. The views over the rainforest & ocean were incredible. Service was excellent throughout our stay and... More 

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit to Cristal as well for for highlighting in your comments the amazing views and the birds in our gardens. In the property we are home to more than 250 species of birds including two species of toucans, easy to find and photograph from the comfortable balconies of our ocean view rooms. Besides the... More 

Westport, Connecticut
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140 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

We were on a nature tour of Costa Rica and stayed at 4 places. This was far and away the best. Lovely setting overlooking the Pacific. Rooms were spacious and comfortable. We had some minor room problems (drapes didn't close; table light didn't work) but they were promptly fixed. I had "digestive problems" so I didn't eat breakfast or dinner... More 

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for calling us the best place of your whole Costa Rica experience. Apologizes again for the minor problems you had in your room that were quickly fixed by our staff. Regarding our meals, we hope during a future visit to Costa Rica, you stay with us again and try the exquisite menu of our Pura Vida... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

I spent three nights here as part of a group spending two weeks on a walking holiday around Costa Rica. It was the last of four hotels that we stayed in and was a great place to unwind before the trip home. The Cristal Ballena Hotel Resort and Spa is situated on the Pacific coast where it benefits from the... More 

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Many thanks for highlighting the very best of our property: the view to the sea, spacious rooms, amazing birding and wildlife sights, the swimming pool, the food and the warming welcome by the owners and talented Costa Rica staff. Regarding your WiFi concern, we have a high speed internet service provided by optic fiber and supported by our own network... More 

Mainburg, Germany
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

Located on a hill with a beautiful view on the Pacific, this hotel offered a wonderful atmosphere. There is also a nice, large pool, where you can relax after an excursion by boat or a walk through the jungle. As we booked too late we only got one of the "cabinas" from where you don't have a view on the... More 

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SergeAri, Director Comercial at Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for staying with us. Great to hear that you enjoy the cabinas, that are a totally different accommodation to our main facilities. The Cabinas have no ocean view but are located in a hill overlooking the deep green mountains of the Fila Costena just a couple of hundred meters from the main facilities.The cabinas are eco-constructions... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Airport Transportation
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
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 Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

Address: Ballena Beach | 7 km (4 miles) al Sur de Uvita, Uvita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Price Range: $233 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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Also Known As:
Hotel Cristal Ballena Osa Peninsula
Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa Costa Rica/Uvita
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Uvita
#6 Spa Hotel in Uvita
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“only 20 rooms in the entire place, all seemed to have a great view.”
 of 5 bubbles 566traceyd, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“all rooms have an Ocean view”
 of 5 bubbles Milagroscoromoto, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 11 has a beautiful view”
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 of 5 bubbles FamilyVacafor4, 5 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on a single level have garden view, sea in the distance, from here we saw the toucans. Other rooms have more panoramic views”
 of 5 bubbles JohnC925, 21 May 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have a view of the ocean so it's not a problem.”
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 of 5 bubbles goldiept, 21 May 2016 | Read review
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