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Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very upscale hotel. Our room was enormous, with a similarly spacious bath, and the added benefit of A/C! Plenty of electrical outlets, good lighting, and good WiFi in room. Food here was OK, but not great, and the wines were vastly overpriced and not very good.The front desk wanted me to sign a blank credit card form...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A real gem in the middle of the rainforest. 19 large rooms and a gigantic swimming pool overlooking lush landscape, tree covered mountains and the Pacific Ocean! Sunsets spectacular! Very cool hiking trails behind resort! Exceptional employees from reception area (Jorge is amazing) to the waitstaff in restaurant which also overlooks the landscape, mountains and ocean! Transportation from San Jose...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was truly outstanding. Our room was well appointed, clean and very comfortable. The staff was so personable it was like staying at a friend's house.....a really lovely, big, huge house. We cat wait to go back. Highly recommended.

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Mount Vernon, Washington
Reviewed 23 February 2017

It's hard to imagine that off the main road in Costa Rica, up a little dirt road, you would find such a beautiful place. With about a 180 view of the Pacific Ocean, Cristal de Ballena Hotel and Spa is amazing. Stopping for lunch during one visit brought us back many times for lunch. The food, the drinks and the...

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New York
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

A beautiful location and a lovely, clean comfortable, quiet, sunny room. Once you check in, you may never want to leave! We checked in for 1 night and extended our stay every day for 4 days. Highly recommended.

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California
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We just stopped to eat at the restaurant. The service is outstanding. This was our second time to Costa Rica we were driving back to San Jose, this place is headed south so it was out of our way but it is worth the drive. Their fresh fruit drinks are so delicious and refreshing and their seafood dishes are excellent...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2017

I really enjoyed staying at this hotel, the toucans calling to each other and dancing on the trees outside our room; the lovely view out over the sea; the huge swimming pool; the spacious rooms and the completely charming staff. All went to make up a wonderful few days.

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

Hola Platy, Thank you very much for your words and it was great that you got enchanted by the symphony of the Yellow-throated toucans, other birds and wildlife in hotel surroundings. Cristal Ballena is recognized as part of the birding hotspots route in Costa Rica, housing more than 250 species of birds. Our swimming pool is also one of the...

New Hyde Park, New York
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Beautiful location, well kept hotel and spa. The grounds were well kept with large area to view the wildlife. Rooms were large and in excellent condition. The staff were the best. Long pants and shirts should be worn to protect from no see umsba

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

Dear guest, Many thanks for the time with us at Cristal Ballena and your words regarding your experience in the hotel facilities and grounds. Our special location is always a great add value to our guests, since you are immerse between the coast and the tropical rainforest, giving you the opportunity to fin colorful toucans, tanagers and mammals around the...

Richmond, United States
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We went to a local diner that we know offers good food, but they closed early, so we needed something close that could handle a medium sized group. Cristal Ballena was open, and we knew that they offer good food from previous experience. We were seated immediately even though we didn't have a reservation. The menu offers many Austrian/German dishes...

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

Dear Jason, It was great having you again in our Pura Vida Restaurant with your group of friends. We appreciate very much the time you took for writing about your experience. Our restaurant is always open to visitors who wants to experience our gastronomy and taste the Cristal Ballena experience. Our ingredients, always local and fresh, plus the special touch...

Philadelphia Area
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Our second stay here, and we'll be happy to return! Onsite restaurant, giant pool, bar, spa, reading room, ocean view, quiet guest rooms, easy access, courteous staff - this place hits all the major points. Only one request: something could be done to improve the wifi. I will not hesitate to book in the future

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

Dear friends! We would like to thank you for visiting us again and you loyalty on coming back to our rainforest-coast home in Costa Rica. Great to hear that our service keeps consistent in our fusion restaurant, pool, bars, spa and facilities. Our team works strongly to keep the service as the first days and make you feel at home....

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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
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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 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: RM782 - RM1,202 (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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“the master suite (room 10) is great.”
 of 5 bubbles 637stevek, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The Master Suite is wonderful. It is a corner room, king bed, huge bathroom and a view to die for!”
 of 5 bubbles AnitaM345, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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
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