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Reviewed 11 June 2022

The only good thing about this hotel is the genuinely kind and helpful people who work at the reception desk, Maria, Luis, and Jorge. They were all so helpful and always had a smileto share! NaBalam is fortunate to have such dedicated and sincere employees. On the other hand, the hotel itself is not as it is portrayed on the website! it is NOT on the beach, It is not a "Boutique" Hotel and the "Spa" is a man and woman who offer massages in a hut. Those in our group who did get a massage while there did say it was fantastic though!
The building is old, run down and not well taken care of. It definitely could use some TLC to repair the leaky palapa style roofs, the broken old locks on the doors, the peeling paint, the wobbly walkways etc...
The woman who cleaned the rooms each day did do a nice job and the sheets and bedding were actually very nice and the men who took care of the pool and the gardens did an excellent job as well.
The employees were all doing their absolute best with what they had to work with with but the management of this hotel should definitely invest some money in refurbishing the place.
Oh, and the part about having a nice sun bed at the Oceanvs Beach Club on the website is also not true - the ones you will be allowed to use are not the beautiful ones pictured but broken old ones around the bend on the public end of the beach.I brought a group of 11 people to this hotel for a yoga retreat, specifically because the hotel has a yoga studio, but there were issues about actually using it, unfortunately.

Room tip: Don't choose an upstairs room!The palapa roofs leak and bugs get through! And the stairs are treacherous!
Date of stay: June 2022
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Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 7 June 2022 via mobile

This hotel is a gem! It is a beautiful boutique hotel with an awesome pool and the rooms are super cute too. The location is also perfect- just a couple blocks from the main square. You also have access to lounge beds right on Playa Norte with drinks and there is also a restaurang. All part of the hotel! Jorge at the front desk is the best and super helpful! Highly recommend this hotel and can’t wait to go back!

Date of stay: June 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank S7108SKpamelac
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Reviewed 19 April 2022

We didn't know what to expect at Na Balam but were pleasantly surprised. Rooms were very clean and basic but more than enough for what we needed. Pool area is nice though very shady and reminded us of Bali. Our 5 yr old loved the pool. The hotel is very quiet with only 12 or so rooms so is a little oasis. The daily yoga classes (small cost) were great and Lal was an amazing instructor, especially to our 5 year old! Only downside was how busy the beach was. We were there just before Easter and Playa Norte was crazy, very difficult to relax and not how I remembered Isla from 10 years before! May have been time of year, may just be how it is these days. Not the hotel's fault at all though. Business was the same throughout the north end of the island.

Room tip: Most of locations seemed good.
Date of stay: April 2022
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Reviewed 24 November 2021

The rooms are set amongst leafy grounds which inspire peace and rest.
It’s in a great location very near the beach and the Main Street for restaurants and bars.
Staff were friendly and rooms were well cleaned.
The pool is a good size and yoga classes are run but an excellent guy called Lal.

Date of stay: November 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

We came here for a friend’s birthday. They stayed at a more expensive hotel that was all booked up, so we were just “accidentally” at Na Balam. What a glorious accident! Management communicated with us before check-in, which was simple and flawless. We were provided bottled water in an artistic carafe, freshened up daily. Room was clean and simple. I read a review earlier about the room smelling good, and it’s true!! I got home, and all my clothes still smelled like the room. Amazing! The pool is tranquil and the perfect size. Of course, the beach...calm Playa Norte is the most picturesque ever! If you want more of a party vibe, walk a couple of steps across the street to The Lotus and enjoy their beach club too.
We’re going back in June. Can’t wait to stay at Na Balam again!

Date of stay: February 2021
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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