Hotel El Tecal

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Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool

Overview of Hotel El Tecal

Hotel El Tecal

2.5 star property
Ballena beach hotel with outdoor pool

8,4/10 Very good

27 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
300 metros del parque Marino Ballena, Sector Chaman, Ballena, Puntarenas, 00011
Main amenities
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Near the beach
  • Outdoor pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Limited hour front desk
For families
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Laundry facilities
  • Barbecue grill(s)

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park

Getting around

  • Drake Bay (DRK) - 30.6 miles/49.2 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Hotel El Tecal

Hotel by the ocean
Take advantage of a roundtrip airport shuttle, a garden, and laundry facilities at Hotel El Tecal. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
Other perks include:
  • An outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Smoke-free premises and barbecue grills
Room features
All guestrooms at Hotel El Tecal feature comforts such as air conditioning, in addition to amenities like free WiFi.
Extra amenities include:
  • 4 bathrooms with rainfall showers and designer toiletries
  • 42-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Refrigerators, microwaves, and rice cookers


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 12 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 10 PM
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed (dogs only, 1 per room)*
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Barbecue grills

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities


  • Built in 2011
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • An outdoor pool


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Accessible bathtub


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 42-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • 4 bathrooms
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Rice cooker
  • Cookware, dishes, and utensils


  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Access via exterior corridors

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per pet, per stay

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in is available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

There is no hot water on site.

This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Camping y Cabinas El Tecal Hotel Uvita
Camping y Cabinas El Tecal Hotel
Camping y Cabinas El Tecal Uvita
Camping y Cabinas El Tecal
Hotel El Tecal Hotel
Hotel El Tecal Ballena
Camping y Cabinas El Tecal
Hotel El Tecal Hotel Ballena

Frequently asked questions

Does Hotel El Tecal offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Hotel El Tecal does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Hotel El Tecal?
As of 24 September 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Hotel El Tecal on 25 September 2022 start from R1 125, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Hotel El Tecal?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Hotel El Tecal?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Hotel El Tecal?
Yes, dogs are welcome, with a limit of 1 per room. There's a charge of USD 10 per pet, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at Hotel El Tecal?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Hotel El Tecal?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Hotel El Tecal?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in is available.
What is there to do at Hotel El Tecal and nearby?
Hotel El Tecal has an outdoor pool and a picnic area, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Hotel El Tecal?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include El Hornito (13-min walk), Los Almendros (2 mi), and Bar Restaurant Los Laureles (2.1 mi).
What's the area around Hotel El Tecal like?
Hotel El Tecal is a short 7-minute walk from Uvita Beach and 8 minutes' walk from Marino Ballena National Park.

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Decent hotel
The hotel seemed new and was very clean but a little impersonal but well located. There are other hotels closer to the beach though for the same price
1-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The rooms were spotless clean, you could eat off the floors.
Greme, 5-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Beautiful setting, close to beach. Clean and plenty of hot water for showers. Small and limited amenities. WiFi Ok, but spotty
Rick, 2-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

10/10 Exceptional

I stayed at this hotel at the end of January. Overall I was very pleased with the hotel. The reception staff didn’t speak much English but were doing their best to be helpful. My room was clean and cozy. The hotel is located within walking distance from the Uvita beach. There are a few restaurants close to it. I would definitely come back again.
Alexander, 2-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Nice but our room was visible to the neighbors.
We stayed in the Deluxe Apartment and overall it was very good. The bathroom was amazing, the beds were comfortable, everything was clean, the staff was nice, and it was quiet. However, we were pretty uncomfortable the next morning to find that the closet that was locked off to us was open to the adjacent apartment, and they could easily look right through the spaces beside the sliding closet doors into our room. If they fix that, I’d gladly stay there again but otherwise we would not be interested in going back.
Deluxe apartment balcony on the left
Hotel hallway
John, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Estuvimos en la suite y fue excelente. El trato del personal muy amable y muy servicial.
1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

The location is perfect! Unfortunately, the gates close at 10:00 pm and apparently you won't be able to get to your room if you miss your curfew. Our room had no windows and the shower was either too cold or too hot from one second to the next. Worst part was that we could clearly hear our neighbor in the next room via the connecting door and we could even see him through the cracks. But, the price was right and again, the location is amazing!
TwoHappyMonkeys, 2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great place!
Great place, nice rooms, very clean, great location!
Leyna, 1-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The view of the green forest and the sea is amazing.
Luis, 1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Excelente todo, estaremos allí en otras oportunidades.
2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review