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“Great location, great accomodations” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bungalows Ballena
Ranked #12 of 38 Speciality Lodging in Uvita
Canandaigua, New York
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93 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great location, great accomodations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Beautiful log cabin type accommodations with a full kitchen, small porch and clean. The staff were very helpful and some of them could speak English. Easy walk to restaurants and grocery store. Grills available. Beautiful pool in the shape of a whales tail with a fun slide that even my 16 year old enjoyed. No bugs. Close to the beach. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

The solid wooden bungalows are big and clean, have A/C and a fully equipped kitchen and are free from insects - great. The pool area is awesome and beautifully designed. It's even got a very fun slide. From the water we were watching several green iguanas (as many as three at the same time) in the tree right next to the pool. There also was a bird's nest in a tree about seven feet above the ground with a breeding bird in it. This is a perfect place for kids (real kids and the older ones like me). And it's only a five minute walk to the national park if you wanna see more wildlife or jump into the water.

The owners were very nice and kind. They organized a tour for us and always were helpful. The best thing: Since november was still low season all the bungalows were half price, which is just incredible value. We even got upgraded to a bigger bungalow because other people wanted to stay longer in the small bungalow.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

This place is great! The cabins are very nice with good bedding and well-equipped kitchens. You can sleep larger families or groups in the cabins. The property is gorgeous, very close to the beach of Marina Ballena park. There is a kid pool and a larger pool with a slide in the center of the property and two ranchos with seating and grills for an outdoor barbecue. And to top it all off, the Manager Andres and his staff are super-friendly and professional. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Great value and ONE OF MY FAVORITES SPOTS in the Bahia/Uvita area.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Payton M
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

Bungalow Ballena is a great place, very good service from friendly staff. well managed. good for kids, very close to nice beach, waterfall etc. bungalow had all we need and more. would recommend it. close to super market, bank and restaurants.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Fossil, Oregon, United States
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

Very clean and friendly staffs. Nice and clean kitchen with all equipment you will need. The pool was clean and refreshing after the hot sunny beaches. Close to the Bahia Ballena National Beach Park, walking distance. My husband and I enjoyed so much!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boulder, Colorado
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

I could not have been happier really. My gf and I stayed for 5 nights during Envision 2013. The rooms were clean and spacious. The kitchen and amenities were great to have, we stocked beer and some food in the fridge and made smoothies in the morning (we didn't take advantage of the stove though). The pool and bbq area were really nice and a good place to lounge. We did go fishing and utilized the bbq to grill up our catch. The room we were in can be just a little noisy at moments due to design and building materials used (particularly the room next to the office), but it didn't really bother us much since it was mainly just other guests making the noise as they passed by. The a/c worked great too and plenty of hot water. Now, the staff I must say was first class. In particular Andres (the manager) was so extremely helpful and polite! I have stayed at many 5 star hotels from LA, SF, NY, Miami and more. And even some of those places did not offer the service we received from Andres. Anyone who gave a poor review of the management there probably just either had bad luck or a bad attitude. He went above and beyond to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. We even forgot our passports at a house we rented (the last few nights of our trip) down the road from Bungalows. We contacted Andres to see if he could help us to keep from having to drive almost 4 hrs back (each way) from San Jose. He went and retrieved them for us and got them on the last Envision shuttle that evening, and we had them the same night! Talk about a life saver!! I absolutely plan to stay at Bungalows the next time I'm in Uvita. Thanks again Andres!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Riah M
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Tim, Denmark
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

DId book the hotel by internet and got at confirmation that the room has been booked. The day of arrival I was -email that our booking was cancelled due to no vacancies. If you want to go there you better phone and get you confitmatiion confirmed. I think this is very poor manageement.

Found another great place instead named Cabinas Los Laureles, where the son of the owner makes Kayak-trips around the area - great value.

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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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
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
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Ranked #12 of 38 Speciality Lodging in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bungalows Ballena 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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