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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Our family of 5 (3 adults, 2 teens) spent 7 nights here over Christmas and New Years. Carlos was extremely helpful...he arranged a friend to travel by bus with us from San Jose to Uvita so we didn't get lost. He booked a zip line trip for us with a guide who was part Indian and knew a lot about...

1Thank Deborah L
Reviewed 6 January 2013

We stayed at Mar Y Selva Ecolodge for four nights with the family during a trip to Costa Rica over Christmas and New Year. We loved this place! It is located in the middle of the jungle a few hundred meters from the coast road with a wonderful view of the sea. The bungalows are comfortable with nice furniture and...

1Thank SwedenSkibum
Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 6 nights on our 2nd trip to Costa Rica. We booked because of the location (the Ballena area is lovely), and the good reviews on trip advisor. I don't know which place the other reviewers stayed but the reality was very different to the hype. We knew about some of the downsides when we booked -...

Thank Natalie222Uk
Mar_y_Selva, Manager at Mar y Selva Ecolodge, responded to this review

I apologize that you found our accommodations less than what you were expecting. I have addressed each of your issues with the staff and implemented a more stringent inspection of the rooms to ensure that a previous guest's damage is identified during the cleaning process before an new guest checks in.

San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 14 December 2012

I stayed with my family a couple of days and I was attended dramatically, excellent service and friendliness. I felt like at home. The beautiful location, a spectacular sight in the mountains but very close to the beach. I recommend it if you want to relax and enjoy nature.

Thank Carlos M
Buffalo, New York
Reviewed 19 October 2012

I booked a stay at Mar y Selva for August. As required, I made a $110 deposit to hold my reservation. However, four months before the trip, I had to go into the hospital to receive an unexpected lung transplant. My illness was severe, and I had to cancel my reservations. Their policy requires ample notice if you want your...

Thank Katherine R
Mar_y_Selva, Owner at Mar y Selva Ecolodge, responded to this review

I am sorry that you feel that we did not respond quickly enough in reimbursing your deposit. As you know, but did not say in the review, we provided you with a full refund. The challenges that we had were the easiest way to refund money is to simply provide a payback to the same credit card that was used...

Heredia, Costa Rica
Reviewed 5 October 2012

That's an amazing place near to the beaches but located on the high lands in fron of the sea. The Staff was amazing, you will be treated as in your home, very warm and friendly. The Bungalows are very comfortable and there is a big pool were you can enjoy of the sun. 100% recommended place if you want privacy...

Thank crodriguezcr
Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 27 September 2012 via mobile

they are overpriced. lie about the ac working and claim that ecolodge doesnt include running water in the sink. they cant understand your english only when you ask something from them.the parking is far away from the rooms. stay away!!!

Mar_y_Selva, Owner at Mar y Selva Ecolodge, responded to this review

We have looked through our reservations, but can not find where this person ever stayed with us at the hotel. Needless to say, every air conditioner in the hotel and in the bungalows are functional at the time the rental is made and we have a repairman on site if there is an issue with anything during your stay. Each...

San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 6 September 2012

We stayed here for 3 days and it was fantabulous. It's far from noise but it's close to everything. There are nice supermarkets, drugstores, gas station, restaurants, "sodas" (tico cafeterias), and different beaches whose beauty is indescribable. The service at the hotel was excellent, and so it is the food, the facilities, the pool, everything is gorgeous. Architecture is magically...

Thank Agustin-mora22
Reviewed 16 August 2012

We stayed at this lodge the first week of August and really enjoyed are stay! The rooms were clean and very confortable and the staff was there to please. Carlos, the owner helped get us reservations for whale watching and a mangrove tour. The room included a hot breakfast which was cooked to order. The food was wonderful. Overall, Carlos...

Thank foster-sammie
San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 2 May 2012

Nothing more incredible than sitting on a balcony while listening to the jungle with your loved one! Ship sharp clean, fantasic personalized service and great location. A place that needs to be explored!!! Tumbs up!

1Thank Caterina B

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Eco-style elegance! Mar y Selva Ecolodge is immersion in the jungle with all the comforts of home. Close to pristine beaches including Punta Uvita - famous Moses Pass and Whale’s Tail; Semi-Olympic pool, and personalized service. We overlook the Ballena Marine National Park; near Corcovado National Park; Caño Island Biological Reserve; the mangroves of the Sierpe and Terraba Rivers, Manuel Antonio National Park and several waterfalls, including Nauyaca Falls. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mar y Selva Ecolodge

Address: Costanera Sur Highway | Marker Km 170 go 500 south and 1100east, Ballena 60504, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Ballena
Price Range: ₹ 6,220 - ₹ 9,718 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mar y Selva Ecolodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Mar y Selva Ecolodge Hotel Ballena
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“Excellent views of the ocean and the rain forest. Only a few kilometers from the beach.”
K8661NTjasonh, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All the bungalows are separate, and feel very private.”
joesE4811QQ, 11 Apr 2015 | Read review
“We stayed in the third floor suite and the views were amazing!”
BenC706, 18 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Try to get the rooms the closer to the reception or just next to the pool! they have the better views!”
johanr526, 3 Mar 2014 | Read review
“We chose a double bungalow that gave us room for two parents and their teen-aged children. Great views of the ocean.”
  •                   Breakfast view from the lodge dining area
SteveQ424, 23 Feb 2013 | Read review
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