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Playaballena Spa Hotel, Rota

Avda. Juan Carlos I S/N Rota (Cadiz) 11512 - Map
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Playaballena Spa Hotel Overview

Playaballena Spa Hotel is situated in the Urbanisation Costa Ballena, of Rota (Cádiz), on the sea-front and next to the golf-course. Its at 10 km. of Rota and at 30 km. of the airport at Jerez de la Frontera

Playaballena Spa Hotel Overview

Playaballena Spa Hotel is situated in the Urbanisation Costa Ballena, of Rota (Cádiz), on the sea-front and next to the golf-course. Its at 10 km. of Rota and at 30 km. of the airport at Jerez de la Frontera

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar/lounge
  • Breakfast service
  • Business centre
  • Check-in time ends midnight
  • Check-in time starts noon
  • Check-out by noon
  • Children's club
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Fitness facilities
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage
  • One meeting/conference room
  • On-site car rental
  • Pets accepted
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Shopping on site
  • Spa on site
  • Swimming pool - indoor
  • Swimming pool - outdoor
  • Swimming pool - outdoor seasonal
  • Terrace
  • Wheelchair accessible

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub only
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Jetted bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Phone
  • Private bathroom
  • Satellite television service
  • Shower only
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Slippers

Customer Reviews

9/10 Fantastic Based on 4 Customer Reviews Based on 4 Customer Reviews

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8/10 Great

11 October 2006


This was our first visit to the Costa de la Luz (early October) and as we were on a long weekend, we chose the Playa Ballena for its beachside location.&nbsp;&nbsp;The hotel is well presented and a very pleasant place to stay! Plush decor, spacious rooms and a nice pool area which inluded water feautures and jaccuzzis. There is also an indoor heated pool.<br /><br />We did find that on arrival our room was not ready and we were kept waiting for quite some time before we were able to get to our room, but once we were given the keys we were not disappointed.&nbsp;&nbsp;The room was spacious with two huge double beds pushed together and a lovely patio overlooking the pool area which gave us access from the pool.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Access to the beach from the pool area is via a locked gate with a key card system.&nbsp;&nbsp;The beach itself is a huge expanse of golden sand running along the coast for miles and thankfully any development is set back away from the coastline.&nbsp;&nbsp;We found that the best time for the beach was in the mornings when the tide was out as it comes in quite close at high tide leaving a narrow strip of sand.&nbsp;&nbsp;There is one restaurant just before you get to the beach (menu in Spanish only) which was open for lunch and there are a couple more a short stroll away.&nbsp;&nbsp;You can hire a bicycle from the hotel and take a pleasant ride along the coast.<br /><br />Food in the restaurant was good enough although not as extensive as other hotel based holidays we have had. Breakfast seemed more impressive than dinner! If you go half board you can choose between lunch and dinner each day.&nbsp;&nbsp;If you have a drink in the entertainment bar during the day you can enjoy free tapas (left overs from dinner/lunch!).<br /><br />Costa Ballena itself is a very quiet purpose built residential area and golf course so if you are looking for a little nightlife you really need to venture into one of the nearby towns. The hotel does however offer family entertainment nightly.&nbsp;&nbsp;The majority of visitors were Spanish although there were some German and a hand full of English people. Be prepared to practice your Spanish as English is not widely spoken!&nbsp;&nbsp;There is more than enough to see around the area - Jerez (and the Bodegas!!!), Sanlucar, the national parks (Donana), Rota, Chipiona, Cadiz but best to plan in advance as doing something on the spur of the moment proved to be difficult! We would definitely return.

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10/10 Amazing

10 October 2006


Playa Ballena is a beautiful beach resort.&nbsp;&nbsp;The staff is friendly and most of the people at the reservation counter speak English (for those of you who do not attempt to use your limited Spanish skills).&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The full board and half board provides a variety of food. The food is displayed in a appetizing fashion with any type of Spanish dish you could imagine.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The breakfast offers cereal,milk and fruit for those of you traveling with young children who are not willing to take a risk and try the Spanish dishes. For the adults, the service is pleasant and the food is great!<br /><br />The rooms are clean, the showers have powerful water pressure and deep bathtubs.&nbsp;&nbsp;The beds in the rooms are spacious and the rooms are decorated nicely.<br /><br />The pool area is exotic with a play area for children and ample seating on loungers for those who would like to soak in the rays near the numerous palm trees.<br /><br />The hotel provides a card key to allow their guests to leave the premises and walk to the beach area.&nbsp;&nbsp;Those of you who want to get away from the hotel and crowds may enjoy a quiet walk along the beach.<br /><br />I would highly recommend this hotel. We had a wonderful three days at Playa Ballena. However, when you travel...please make sure that you have your VOUCHER from before arriving.&nbsp;&nbsp;The hotel will not allow you to stay unless you provide a voucher.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Enjoy SUNNY SPAIN at Playa Ballena. We will deinitely stay at this hotel!

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10/10 Amazing

28 September 2005


The Playa Ballena is a suburb modern hotel, very comfortable and in a quiet location.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is a short distance away from the beach.&nbsp;&nbsp;The staff were very helpful, although they could not speak much english we made ourselves understood and had a few laughs along the way.&nbsp;&nbsp;Breakfast was served until 10am and the evening meal until 10.30pm, which we found very convenient and gave you plenty of time to change after a day out.&nbsp;&nbsp;There are local bus's but I would imagine it would be more convenient to hire a car for days out.&nbsp;&nbsp;We went to Rota on the local bus without any problems and very cheap. We went half board and both the breakfast and evening meals were very nice with a good choice and nicely cooked.&nbsp;&nbsp;The bedroom was very comfortable and the beds and towels changed regularly and the rooms were kept very clean. The entertainment was geared more to children (who from our observation were very well entertained), but having said that, we did enjoy 3 of the evenings entertainment.&nbsp;&nbsp;The local beach was very lovely and natural (no sunbeds or umbrellas) and we enjoyed pleasant walks along the beach which was uncrowded. We would certainly not hesitate to come here again.

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The Playaballena Spa Hotel was previously known as Playa Ballena.

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