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“Friendly hotel, quiet off season, need an update of the bed and bathroom”

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Elba Costa Ballena Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Rota
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Montreux, Switzerland
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225 reviews
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“Friendly hotel, quiet off season, need an update of the bed and bathroom”
Reviewed 10 April 2013

Stayed for 5 days over Easter holiday here as we're used to come every year or almost and we've enjoyed being in a peaceful hotel, not crowded and without stress.

The price paid (around 90 Euros a day) was fair and was inclusive of the buffet breakfast which was ok and good. More variety would be a plus. Egg station if you like.

Staff is really nice and speak english so they can help you if you need information about the aera and visits.

The room itself is not really 4* anymore and the bed, the bathroom wouls seriously need an update sooner or later. The bed was the worst part and I'd love them to update this.
Ask for a room facing the pool and the golf course on upper floor.
You have a balcony so very nice to sit outside and relax. Twin bed configuration is boring but ok (this is Spain).
Free wifi but not easy to use (low signal).

The SPA is not included but expect to pay 1 session 22 Euros or 3 sessions for 51 Euros which is worth it I think. Massage available and extra treatment as well.

In off season, this place is quiet, but in high season, with families and children, I imagine it would be very different.

For eating out, I recommend to drive to Rota (10-15 minutes)and find the Parilla Juan or Pesebre.

We'll come back. Keek doing well.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room, upper floor and facing pool and/or golf course
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ascain, France
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

We spent one night here in february. Costa Ballena is a totally artificial resort which, as other reviewers have stated, is a ghost town off season. Finding a place to eat to avoid paying 24€ + drink for a buffet dinner at the hotel was very difficult.
Our room was large, clean and rather modern but wifi was very slow when available and there is no tea or coffee machine.
Breakfast was adequate but not what you would expect from a 4 star hotel.
There is no free parking on the premises (which is difficult to understand since there's plenty of room in this "middle of nowhere" place) and they charge 6€/night for the underground garage. Fortunately there was a public parking with free spaces 100m away.
The staff seemed bored except for the manager which we met on check-out who was very cheerful and sympathetic.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

Rooms spacious but lack of extra pillows, bedding. Wifi sporadic and need to log in each time. No tea / coffee facilities in room - big miss! Charges for using mini safe in room! Very clean. Food adequate but nothing special. 10 min walk to golf club along road or beach. Beach very clean. Out of season resort is almost closed - shops/ bars. Would suit families because of pool / mini club. Probably not for couples in high season.

Room Tip: Ask for additional bedding / pillows and room on upper floors.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Jaime S, Director General at Elba Costa Ballena Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

I spent 10 days here over the Christmas and New Year festivities and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The location of the hotel is excellent as miles of unspoiled beach is under 5 mins walk away and it's right near the golf course too.
My room was spacious, quiet and modern and was thoroughly cleaned every day.
The Spa is expensive, however I got a reduced rate as I paid for 9 consecutive days; I was unfamiliar with the whole Spa thing at first but soon got used to it and felt the benefits immediately. All food provided in the restaurant was of superb quality and there was always plenty of choice.

Room Tip: My room faced the Golf course and there was no sun on the balcony.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Bilbao, Spain
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

Nice hotel near a nice beach.
Rooms are clean and big.
The only but is the music at the pool at "siesta" time.
If you do not want to encounter "small beings" this is not the place.
The Costa Ballena beach is woth the while.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

I have stayed at this hotel with my husband and his family last year and have booked again to go in September! We liked everything, from the location to the building, the staff, food, spa, views! We are very choosy but have no doubts about Elba Costa Ballena, can recommend to all, family, couples, singles. They have special deals on their homepage including spa, massage or even golf. Enjoy!

Room Tip: our room had sea view (seen to the right) on one of the upper floors
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

A family centred hotel mostly for Spanish visitors. A great pool which the kids enjoyed and the poolside entertainment and evening show made this a kids delight. The 200 metre walk to the beach was fine adn the beach itsefl fantastic to sea the sun set after eating at the chiringuito which wa very reasonably priced. Breakfast was delightful from and offerd up to 11am which is perfect after a late night. 2 til 4 siesta time for 90% of guests and so we indulged also and felt much better for it. The kids club was great and hardly saw our son for the 3 days we were there.Room a little small for 2 adults and 2 kids, but reflected in the price perhaps. A little further than Cadiz than we imagined but that was our choice (about an hour way to historic centre of Cadiz).

Overall a great pool, good food, a good nights sleep and a beatiful beach. I wouldn't be tempted to book half board as the chirringuito is much better value and beautiful location for dinner at night. Thoroughly recommend the hotel however for a family visit.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Elba Costa Ballena Beach Hotel
Address: Avenida Carla De Orleans | Urban Costa Ballena, 11520 Rota, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cadiz > Rota
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Rota
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Hotel Class:4 star — Elba Costa Ballena Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 234
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