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Playaballena Spa Hotel
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Rota
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 February 2016

We had a 3 night stay at this hotel on a half-board basis and were pleasantly surprised by the facilities it offered. Because it was out of season the outside pool área was not available but it was possible to use the indoor pool and spa.
Our room on the 2nd floor was well appointed and very spacious with two large doublé beds, a separate bathroom with the usual fittings and an adjacent wash hand basin área. There was a small balcony overlooking the garden with a table and chairs.
The buffet meals served in the huge dining room were off a very good quality and offered a wide variety of hot and cold dishes at breakfast and lunch or dinner.
For relaxing before or after a meal the Captain Ahab bar is comfortable and again very spacious. Throughout our stay the staff were very friendly and efficient. We would definitely like to re-visit this hotel.

Room Tip: Not a high rise hotel.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank NormanWestYorkshire
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playaballena Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2016

Thank you very much for staying at our hotel and for sharing your opinion about your stay.

Luis Rossell
Gerente

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Reviewed 7 October 2015

We have recently returned from a 10 day stay at this pleasant hotel and have only good things to say about it. We found all of the staff: reception, catering, bar etc genuinely friendly, and approachable.

We were all inclusive and were pleased to find lots of good Spanish fare on the menus at each sitting, with plenty of seafood and not a baked bean in sight!

Happily we were one of the few British couples there and although there were some German and East European guests. It was never enough to disrupt the wonderful Spanish feel of the place. This is exactly what we were hoping for.

Special mentions to the poolside bar staff who along with keeping our glasses topped up with Cava also helped with pronunciation, correcting and improving our Spanish - gracios, muy apreciado :)

The hotel is situated close to an expansive beach which has great walks behind it and the terrain is also suitable for hiring bikes and cycling. The rooms are clean and relatively well maintained without being overly fussy.

Good roads links mean that if you have a car (we did) you can easily visit Chipiona, Cadiz, Jerez etc and although longer drives Gibraltar and Sevilla are doable.

In my opinion this hotel (and surrounding area) isn't really suitable for action seeking, younger folks and will possibly turn off those who want a more Anglo-Spanish experience for example there was little/no nightlife around and the hotels' animacion was mainly (sometimes completely) in Spanish. This was wonderful for us as we have some Spanish skills but it is something to consider.

If you want a quiet, relaxing, more authentic break with honest food, and the sound of Spanish voices in the air, this is the place.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Philip M
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playaballena Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2015

Dear Guests,
Thank you for your comments given towards our establishment, and our staff, I will take this comment to them personally, because is in our interest, that all of our guests leave the hotel with a wonderful memory of their holidays.

We are your disposal at anytime and we are looking forward to seeing you.

Luis Rossell
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Reviewed 6 October 2015

We stayed at Playaballena for a week recently. Late September was ideal to stay here because the weather was great and the hotel was not over busy during the week.
We had a pool view room -2045- which also had a side sea view. The room was pleasant and comfortable. I very much liked the ceiling fan rather than the usual noisy air conditioning machine.

The food was plentiful but repetitive in the restaurant. My one gripe was the very poor service in the restaurant. There was simply not enough restaurant staff and the management should address this problem. There were no restaurants nearby so we ate in the hotel each night.

The pool area and garden is lovely and best of all the beach is only two minutes walk away. The beach is lovely and unspoilt and sun lounger parasol and mattress rental is only a total of 5 Euro per day.

The guests in this hotel were mostly Spaniards which was very interesting for us. I would certainly go again.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playaballena Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2015

Dear Guests,
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Please Know that it is our aim that you spend the best days of your holidays with us and this is what we are working for and trying to improve every day.

We will have very much in mind your impressions and we will work to improve these points marked so that in the next visit your perception of the product received is entirely satisfactory.

Luis Rossell
Gerente

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

Easy to find, great location! Beautiful surrounding areas, very comfortable bed and a very large bath tub for soaking! Loved it! Breakfast buffet was perfect with omelets or pancakes to order, mimosas as well. Also, the pool was very nice and kid friendly!

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playaballena Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2015

Dear Guests,
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Please Know that it is our aim that you spend the best days of your holidays with us and this is what we are working for and trying to improve every day.

Luis Rossell
Gerente

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Reviewed 6 August 2015

The only regret I have is not being able to stay here during the summer season. The rooms were spacious and clean and I had a great view of the swimming pool from my outside door. I would say the hotel is only a couple hundred meters to the ocean which was nice. The hotel bars were good as well as the restaurant. I hope to stay there again sometime.

Room Tip: I prefer poolside
  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled on business
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1  Thank James I
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P-Stor, Gerente at Playaballena Spa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Dear guest,
First of all we are grateful for your kind words. Thank you for sharing your opinion with us and with many readers .Our main objective is to improve the quality of our service day by day in order to give a good service to our customers. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Regards,
Luis Rossell.



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Additional Information about Playaballena Spa Hotel

Address: Avenida Juan Carlos I s/n | Costa Ballena, 11520 Rota, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cadiz > Rota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Rota
#2 Family Hotel in Rota
#3 Business Hotel in Rota
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rota
#4 Luxury Hotel in Rota
Price Range: ₹ 3,970 - ₹ 21,801 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Playaballena Spa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 324
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Playaballena SPA Hotel enjoys a beachfront location, next to Costaballena Golf Club and set amongst charismatic spots such as Rota, Chipiona and Sanlucar de Barrameda in the heart of the Bay of Cadiz. ... more   less 
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