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Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Mount Vernon, Washington
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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....

Georgia Coast, Georgia
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

The hotel organises day trips for watching whales and dolphins and the trip we went on was gourgeous. Food is served at lovely poolside restaurant With amazing fish. The Austrian family that runs this place really has an attention to detail that is lacking in most other places in Costa Rica thank you all for an amazing stay

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

Dear guest, We would like to thank you for the time you spend with us in our nature haven in Costa Rica. Our hotel is family style boutique hotel, and we are pleased that you enjoy the warming and charm style of the Steiner family to make you feel par of our family. Our restauran is supplied by local fishermen,...

Heredia, Costa Rica
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Just came back from a weekend on this beautiful place. I visited it for the first time about 8 years ago and it's quality and service remains as good as the first time. Room was big enough for 2 adults and 2 kids, everything was well kept and in in perfect working order. Balcony was big and had a beautiful...

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Dana Point, California, United States
Reviewed 29 October 2016

This hotel is at the edge of the jungle which makes it incredibly gorgeous with animals all around you. We woke up to howler monkeys in the trees in front of our room every morning at 5 am! What a treat. The birds all around the property are plentiful. Watched toucans, condors, conures, and lots of other birds all around....

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

Hello Tracey! It was great sharing with you our piece of paradise in the South Pacific of Costa Rica, the Whale Coast. It is very nice to read that you enjoy a lot the nature around our facilities, even our very special wake up timer, the playful and loud monkeys in chorus with toucans and tanagers, our major treasure. Our...

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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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About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • 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: RM800 - RM1,271 (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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“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
“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
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