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Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf & Spa
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Rota
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great stay”
Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

I have stayed here before and I really like it :)
Highly reccommend :)
The food buffet is really good the staff is very friendly and helpful.
The golf course is very nice.
I will be back and I would love to come back during the summer time and spend the time with my family here :)

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

This is a review for the golf only. The excellent rating is given on the basis of 27 great golf holes as designed by JMOlazabal, 9 hole par 3 course and fantastic practice facilities. Yes, there are better courses out there and better locations to go if you just want to play golf but we go as part of a team each year and undertake pre season coaching in Mar and I have really struggled to find another location that has the same facilities with good weather (ie 20-25c) at that time of the year. We only use the hotel for eating and drinking and it is 100% fit for purpose but if you are just going for a hotel break then I would not go here.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at other Barcelo hotels and this has been my worst experience. The rooms are dirty and full of ants. The dinning room is a mess and chaotic. Not enough silverware, food all over the place, kids shouting....
The Pool is good and the beach which is within a short walk is very nice.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

This is our third year at Barcelo's Costa Ballena. It is an excellent hotel for your family beach holidays. Kids just love it; kids activities are well organized and the entertainers are friendly and engaging. Parents feel totally safe and can relax at the pool or at the wonderful beach -- walk 800 meters or take the hotel bus. Staff is friendly and well-prepared.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We arrived at the hotel looking forward to the Spa - as advertised. Closed but could we stay extra nights as it was to be open for week-ends!!
Dinner in buffet style worse than appalling and with raw meat and fish open to bacteria on the counter for considerable time I would not recommend this hotel to eat in to anyone. That is unless Barceló management take a grip. We sent an Email following the dinner and it was left to a junior manager to try and sort out problems. He was responsible for golf reservations!! Directors or senior management seem not to care. This could be that with austerity taking control the accountants are directing management.
Within the dining area the windows were so dirty that my wife could not see out.
Barceló advertise an Andalucía gastronomic experience in their other restraint. The junior manager knew nothing about this and it turned out that this was the "snack-bar"!!
Sorry Barceló you have fallen far short of Spanish levels. Are there good Barceló hotels about?
To make up for the above the staff were good

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

this hotel is good for golfers since it is located just by the golf course. the beach even though you can see it from your room, is 25 min walk. while the beach is very nice, sandy and wide, it is always very windy. we were there in spring before swimming season so i cannot tell how it feels in summer.
the rooms are very basic with an absolutely aufull concrete dirty balcony so that when you want to look at the sea and golf course (which are nice) you cannot avoid seeing that terrible concrete balcony wall.
the rates are rather low, we though because of low season but the truth is that even such rates are too high :(

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf & Spa
Address: Urb Costa Ballena - Avda Reina Sofia s/n, 11520 Rota, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cadiz > Rota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Rota
#2 Luxury Hotel in Rota
#4 Family Hotel in Rota
#5 Romantic Hotel in Rota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 228
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf & Spa**** hotel, built in typical Andalusian style architecture, is located on Costa Ballena, between Rota and Chipiona, in the province of Cadiz. It is located opposite a golf course with 27 holes and close to the white sand beaches of Costa de Cadiz, and offers a free shuttle service to the beach during the summer season. The rooms at this cosy hotel boast spaciousness and light; they are fully equipped and have lovely terraces with direct views of the swimming pool and golf course. Relaxation seekers will love the U-Spa which offers all the latest health and beauty treatments as well the super relaxing water therapy circuit. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the privileged environment and enjoy the wonderful horse riding routes, bike rides, paddle tennis, football pitches.... During the holidays, the youngest members of the family can enjoy themselves with the fun-packed programme of water, sports and leisure activities that take place daily under the supervision of our entertainment team, both in the hotel gardens and in the miniclub. The hotel also has a buffet restaurant where you can savour the typical Andalusian cuisine and an exquisite selection of national and international dishes. Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf & Spa offers you the possibility to perfectly combine work and pleasure. The hotel offers 5 fully equipped meeting and convention rooms, the rooms also have a large outdoor area which is the ideal location for hosting cocktail receptions, sunset dinners, etc. Come and discover this paradise of beaches and dunes in Cadiz and enjoy an unforgettable holiday with your partner or family in a hotel that has recently been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. ... more   less 
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