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Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Costa Rica
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Hotel Cristal Ballena is an oasis of tropical elegance in the beauty of Uvita in Costa Rica's South Pacific. The hotel is just 10 minutes from the Ballena Marine National Park, and 20 minutes from the surf town of Dominical. With the new highway, it is a quick scenic 3.5 hour drive from San Jose, and only 1 hour south...

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Nacogdoches, Texas
Reviewed 19 August 2013

The Cristal Ballena is a good launch for the south coast. A fairly quick drive from San Jose by way of San Isidro General. A cool and beautiful drive. It is easy to get to Golfito, Boruco, Dominical, & Quepos from this hotel. The Whale's Tail and Marine Park are a must for at least two days. When the tide...

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Fantastic Weekend. The price is right as well as everything else. Arriving here, the hotel looks a little dated and you wonder what you have got yourself into.. However, you will be pleasantly surprised. The rooms are all very modern and updated with King size four poster beds, 30+ inch TV's, mini bars (which are extremely expensive) and great covered...

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Hermosa Beach, California
Reviewed 11 April 2013

My husband and I stayed at this hotel after staying at a "Lodge" in the southern part of the country. This hotel was like a palace! Wonderful air conditioning, nicely appointed rooms, and a truly incredible chef at the restaurant. Definitely a gem in an area that seems hardly developed at all.

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Reviewed 27 March 2013

The Steiner familiy has done a great job in setting up this hotel a decade ago. The owners live on the premises, which makes for a personalized service. Beautiful views towards the Pacific Ocean, but tucked away on a hilltop near the jungle. Love the jungle trails, beautiful pool and nice food.

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 19 February 2013

My wife and I booked 3 nights in early February and liked it enough to ask at the front desk if we could stay longer. Like most other vistiors to Costa Rica we pack our days with all the activities we can and by late afternoon, early evening we're ready to relax. This is the perfect hotel for that. Huge...

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Brockville, Canada
Reviewed 3 February 2013

My daughter, son-in-law and I spent 4 days at the hilltop resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean in January. They enjoyed the hike through the rainforest with the owner's dog leading the way! We all walked down the hill to do the fitness trail. On the way back one day, one of the men cut a hole in 3 coconuts and...

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greenwich,ct
Reviewed 9 January 2013

Cristal Ballena is clean, charming and has a responsive staff, which made our 5 days there at the end of December really memorable. The pool is beautifully tiled, well maintained and set on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The owner, Waldemar, made guests feel quite welcome as did his attentive staff. The breakfast buffet is adequate...

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 2 January 2013

I stayed here one weekend with a friend and we shared a suite with two queen beds and a lovely balcony. The weather that weekend was not conducive to going whale watching, which was what we'd hoped to do, but the hotel and the large pool proved to be a nice place to simply relax. Our room was large and...

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Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
Reviewed 31 December 2012

The lovely grounds make a great first impression! Expanses of grass, beautiful trees, classy white Mediterranean style buildings, brilliant turquoise pool. Elegant is a good word to describe it. The staff were extremely friendly, and helped arrange tours and a rental car. Pretty standard breakfast buffet, but everything tastes better gazing out over the ocean. Fantastic pool. We stayed in...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
About the property
  • 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 Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • 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: $245 - $411 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa 2.5*
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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