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Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Place had a nice feel to it, beds were comfy. Shower was warm and had good pressure. Nice view off the patio. Not a long drive to Rota Base, easy to get to and from. Breakfast was on point, Staff was friendly every time we needed something.

We spent 9 days at Barcelo Coasta Ballena in beginning of October The exceptionally hot weather was a little too much for us but the air conditioning in our room worked well. Service great as usual. The outdoor pool area has been upgraded with new benches and sunscreens, a good improvement. Breakfast excellent, buffet OK, but not as good variety as last year.

We stayed for two nights last June, after staying at the Barcelo Montecastillo outside of Jerez for 3 nights.I was attending a Rota High School class reunion, and was excited to stay on the outskirts of Rota for a few days. We stay at the Barcelo Maya Palace in Mexico every year, and I was expecting the quality and ambiance to be similar. I decided to reserve a suite, but did not see anything on the web site stating that all of the suites are up a very steep set of steps. After check in,we walked down the hall, found our room number, opened the door, expecting to walk into a wonderful room, but instead were staring at a stairwell ascending up almost 90 degrees. They do not have bellmen, and we were not about to drag our suitcase up these steps, so I left my husband in the dismal looking hallway, and went back to the front desk. After explaining our situation, (60 year olds, both with back issues) I sat in a chair in the lobby and waited, hoping there was another room available. Finally they summoned me, and gave me a new room number. Grateful, I went up to retrieve my husband and our suitcases, and walked to our "new" room. It was nice, but nothing special. It was tired looking, and the AC did not keep the room cool.We had to call maintenance to come "look at it".The furniture in the lobby has been reupholstered-too bad they didn't do the same in the rooms. We had a nice view, and the bathroom was a good size, however It is absolutely ridiculous for Barcelo to charge guests extra for a room safe! The parking up front is awkward, and there is a daily parking fee. The lobby is large and there are plenty of seats. They have a small gift shop, lobby bar, and "restaurant". We went down and met our friends, after unpacking, for lunch and a cocktail. They only had one bar tender, who was also the only waiter. It took forever to get served, no fault of this over stretched employee.How can they only have one person working, besides a man who "bussed the tables"? The main pool area was full of loud happy kids, so we went to the other pool. It did not have a "tiki bar" like the other pool, no music, and was very boring. This hotel is not close to the beach, so there are no sea breezes to cool down the levante winds or just hot temperatures in the summer. The one thing I was impressed with was the quality of the breakfast buffet. We ate dinner off property, so I don't know anything about the dinners. Overall this hotel was a disappointment. The lay out is awkward- you have to walk very long distances through boring hallways to get to rooms. They don't have bellmen. The front desk and restaurant/bar were under staffed, However, the employees were extremely nice and I appreciated that, as well as their positive attitudes. The nightly entertainment by the pool looked great, but did not start until 10 PM. Usually I am sad to leave a wonderful hotel, but was anxious to move on to Seville after our two night stay here. It's the Barcelo company that needs to make necessary changes, and the nice employees have nothing to do with my negative comments.

16 of us stayed at this hotel/golf resort and found it a nice place to stay and play golf,club house is approximately a 10 minute walk but as like the courses it is flat,food was good with a fair selection and rooms were sufficient,reception staff were great whilst bar staff could do with help in the evening as it got busy and they got overrun with the amount of guests trying to order drinks,in a whole I wor stay again atvthis hotel.

Be more aware of fix broken things in rooms and corridors like elevator and carpenders. Comfortable staff with a lot of tolerance was my experience of my stay. I will gladly recommend of staying at Hotel Barceló

This a large hotel property on a golf course and a 5 minute walk to a beautiful beach. The rooms are large but the hotel is a little tired. We stayed here because the price was good with off-season rates and it included breakfast. There was free parking parking on the street so that was handy. The breakfast buffet was large but the room was noisy and busy. Best to get to the breakfast early before things get picked over. There are two pools and a spa. It was a bit cool so we did not use the pool but we did go for a long walk on the beach which was the most memorable part of the stay. You can rent bikes and the beach sand is very flat and hard so you could ride the bikes on the beach or on the miles of bike paths. If you are staying here and want to see the local sites or visit Cadiz or Rota - you need a car. There is not much other than golfing and walking to do around the resort.

Had a three day golf holiday with friends here. Firstly, the hotel. The rooms were excellent and comfortable. The restaurant was one of the worst hotel restaurants I have used. It was a “buffet style” canteen. It was like a cattle market and the food was very, very poor school dinner food. The bar was understaffed and the staff were exceptionally rude. Now the Golf Club. Very average to poor condition course that has not been maintained well. For the numbers of golfers using the course, to only have 35 buggies is ridiculous. Overall a very poor experience

The hotel was nice and clean with a lovely outlook over the pool and golf course,i have no real complaints for the hotel rooms but the restaurant was a shambles,so many flies on the food and typical buffet self/service standard of a 3 star hotel,the bar area was fine but we always find in these sort of places an absolute shortage of stock and staff,what there was of staff were very nice and welcoming although the pressure they were under was immense,hotel badly organised

Normally stay in The Elba but they were full so found ourselves at The Barcelo. In my opinion this is overall a better hotel with nice rooms (block 1, ground floor was so quiet as away from the pool and bars), nice pool, Great indoor and outdoor bar area and a fab breakfast choice. Evening meals were not so great and at 25€ I would have expected better. Of our 3 night stay I would say one nights meal choice was great and the other 2 mediocre but that is just my opinion. Salad bar was however fantastic. Service in all areas of the hotel is great. Parking in the hotel grounds is 10€ a night ( not garaged). Many people chose to park for free on the road outside.

Quiet and relaxing, a little bit of everything for the whole family. Gorgeous view, and close proximity to the beach make this a great find! Very easily one of the top three hotels in the Cadiz/Rota area.

Urb. Costa Ballena. Avenida Reina Sofia Rota Cadiz

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • 3 outdoor pools

Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa places you 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from Luna Castle and 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from Barbadillo Winery. This 228-room, 4-star hotel has 3 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and a restaurant. It's on the beach and also within a 30-minute drive of Gonzales Byass Winery and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.


This hotel is home to a buffet restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


The 228 rooms are recently renovated and have an array of amenities, including furnished balconies, minibars, and safes. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.

Property features

Guests of Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa have access to a full-service spa, 3 outdoor pools, and a children's pool. If you drive, self parking is EUR 10 per day, and there's also a free beach shuttle. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the area. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a health club, a steam room, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Double Room Single Use (Exlusive For Military Per Diem Rate)

Twin 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room Single Use

King 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Room (2+1)

King 1 | Full 2 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room (3ad)

King 1 | Full 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1486 reviews