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Minibar, in-room safe, desk, blackout curtains
Minibar, in-room safe, desk, blackout curtains

Overview of Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa

Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa

4.0 star property
Upmarket beachfront hotel with spa, near Ballena Beach
8.6 out of 10 Fabulous
8.6/10 Fabulous

281 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
Urb. Costa Ballena. Avenida Reina Sofia, s/n, Costa Ballena, Rota, Cadiz, 11520
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Breakfast available
  • Free children's club
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Health club
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Self parking
For families
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Children's club (free)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Naval Station Rota - 15 min drive
  • Valdelagrana Beach - 26 min drive
  • Cadiz Cathedral - 36 min drive
  • La Caleta Beach - 39 min drive

Getting around

  • Jerez de La Frontera (XRY) - 31 min drive
  • Puerto de Santa María Station - 21 min drive
  • Puerto Real Station - 29 min drive
  • Jerez de la Frontera (YJW-Jerez de la Frontera Train Station) - 30 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free beach shuttle


  • Sedona - 8 min drive
  • Liberto's Kaffe - 9 min drive
  • Panificadora San Antonio - 10 min drive
  • The Steakhouse - 9 min drive
  • La Gaviota - 10 min drive

About this property

Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa

Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa is a great choice for your beach stay in Rota, putting you near activities such as scuba-diving, snorkelling and surfing/body boarding. 3 outdoor pools provide fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in hot stone massages, body wraps and aromatherapy. Offering garden views, Restaurante Albatros serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other features of this upmarket hotel include a free kid's club, a poolside bar and a health club. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff.


All-inclusive room rates at Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa are available. These rates are higher because they include on-site food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).


English, French, German, 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 or hotter
Follows the regional cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Tourism Certified (Spain)


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 228 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM until anytime
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

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


  • Free children's club


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms


  • Covered on-site self-parking (EUR 18 per day)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • On-site parking is limited
  • Height restrictions apply for on-site parking
  • Free off-site parking within 33 ft


  • Airport shuttle*


  • Free beach shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

Travelling with children

  • Free children's club
  • Children's pool
  • Playground
  • Lifeguard on site

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Horse riding/hire
  • Pool table
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba-diving nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms
  • Computer station
  • Conference space


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • On-site car hire
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Free beach shuttle
  • Bike hire
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 5 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2005
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Health club
  • 27 holes of golf
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Arcade/games room
  • Full-service spa
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Steam room
  • Banquet hall


  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Low-height worktop and sink
  • Well-lit path to entrance

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Minibar

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Free cot/infant bed
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Furnished balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


U-spa has 5 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include hot stone massages, sports massages, Swedish massages and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub, a steam room and Turkish bath/hammam.

The spa is open selected days. Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 4 years old are not allowed in the spa.


Restaurante Albatros – Overlooking the golf course and garden, this buffet restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are required.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately EUR 15 per person
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between 27 November and 26 January.


  • Covered self-parking costs EUR 18 per day
  • Parking height restrictions apply

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • The seasonal pool is open from May to October
  • Children under 11 years old are not allowed in the health club or fitness facility without adult supervision
  • Guests under 4 years old are not allowed in the spa, and guests under 16 years old are only allowed with adult supervision
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

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; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.

This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Tourism Certified (Spain) guidelines.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector on site.
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+ friendly).
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.
Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 1000 owing to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information on the booking confirmation.

Also known as

Barceló Costa Ballena Golf
Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf And Spa
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf Hotel
Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf Hotel Rota
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf Hotel Rota
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf Rota
Barcelo Costa Ballena Hotel
Barcelo Costa Ballena Spa
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf Spa
Barcelo Costa Ballena & Rota
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa Rota
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa Hotel
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa Hotel Rota

Frequently asked questions

Is Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa currently open?
The property is closed between 27 November and 26 January.
Does Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa 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 that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, 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 Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa?
Yes, there are 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa?
Yes. Self-parking costs EUR 18 per day. Parking spaces may be limited.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - anytime. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is noon. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as horse riding. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools. Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa also has a seasonal outdoor pool, a sauna and a steam room, as well as an arcade and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa?
Yes, Restaurante Albatros offers international cuisine and garden views.
Does Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished balcony.
What's the area around Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa like?
Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa is a short 6-minute walk from Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club and 11 minutes' walk from Playa Agua Dulce. Travellers recommend the hotel for its quiet location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Extended business trip
The overall experience was great. Dinner costs were much cheaper if added as part of the initial reservation and I wish I had done that since dining options were limited because of seasonal closures.
Tristan, 14-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Good comes to mind, nothing bad, but simply good.
This was a break from our normal Hotels, so, it was a bit different in terms of experience. All we can say is there was nothing intrinsically wrong with this hotel but nothing that made us say, wow! One thing that we did like was the Spa as the facilities were great and the service second to none. We are not used to buffet evening meals and the experience didn't enthuse us to go back, or, take that type of option in the future.
Peter, 7-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Valborg, 14-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Great hotel, good location. Perfect for an excellent beach and a good golf course. Staff exceptionally good.
3-night trip
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6/10 Good

For me - once is enough
I stayed for 8 nights. I will start with the positives: 1. Extremely clean, everywhere. 2. Both Pool areas are great. Private, tranquil. 3. Restaurants are very nice, breakfast is very good. 4. Spa area is very nice. 5. Beds are extremely comfortable. 6. Showers are hot. Not so good: 1. Rooms are tired - need updates. Uncomfortable chairs and stained grout in the floor tiles. 2. It is extremely noisy in the rooms. You can hear everyone in the hallway, outside the balcony, above you and next to you. I was near the entrance of the building and heard the door slamming all day. 3. The gym is in need of an update. The elliptical had duct taped handles and the rest of the machines were also worn. 4. Although there is ample parking available on sight, they charge you 15€ to use it. Most people opt to park on the street. A nuisance fee for guests. 5. Two of the three employees I interacted with at the front desk were rude and unhelpful - actually rather disinterested. 6. The air conditioning unit in the room was worthless. The room was mostly humid and damp, and the AC did not keep it cool. The thermostat looked like it was 20 years old. There are no fans and the front desk, when I said the AC wasn’t working replied - do you really want someone to check it? I love the Barceló brand and use it frequently. Sadly, this location has made me want to look elsewhere. Maybe because it was August and they are busy regardless.
Matthew, 7-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Beautiful hotel!
The housekeepers talked outside of my room every morning. It was so loud I didn't sleep in much.
Amber, 5-night trip
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8/10 Very good

The hotel was very nice and clean! The food inside the hotel restaurants was amazing and at a decent price. However, the room became very hot at night time. The golf course view from the room was amazing. Playing the course was decently priced as well. Plenty of parking and in a very quiet location. The only complaint would be the a/c not working at night.
Denia, 1-night trip with friends
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4/10 Fair

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The air conditioner was not working. I Gad to sleep with the balcony sliding door open
Jaqueline Charis, 2-night trip
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