We just got done with a 4 day stay here at the resort, and it was amazing. The owner Colin greeted us and was around during the stay, and the staff was very accommodating. Here's a run down:
Location: About 1 mile outside Puerto Viejo, about 30 minutes by beach, or $4 by taxi. Basically you're in a place that's totally serene. About 100 ft. from the beach, it's perfect and there's drink service at the beach- including coffee at 5 am for the sunrise. Even though you're outside the city, it's a huge plus. As for getting food, Breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are by menu, but seriously high quality food.
Rooms and Ambiance: Rooms were nice and decorated in the Caribbean way. Doors led to the outside with a balcony and hammock. Had a strong fan and mosquito net for those who want some more air circulation and leave the doors open. Fresh pool with fountain were right outside the rooms and everything was very relaxed on the resort property. The beach was perfect and quiet with no people selling anything or bothering you.
Food: Coffee was great, and always available at 5 am for those early risers. First night we had amazing fish and steak, with respective sauces. Lunches were good, just off the menu. Breakfasts were different everyday, and the Caribbean pancakes were to die for(bananas, toasted coconut, and pinapple sauce). We were more than happy to eat any meals at the resort.
A nice surprise was that they must have overhead us say it was for our anniversary, and the next day we had a bottle of wine, chocolate, and fruit waiting in our room. This was a nice touch and showed they know service. Bike rentals and bodyboard rentals were easily available. Staff all spoke excellent english(or were native english speakers), and very helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Banana Azul hotel is a small and simple hotel north of town on Playa Negra. The small boutique hotel has been created with care using local products and a philosophy that emphasizes relaxation. We cater to adults, 16 years and over. Blooming gardens adorn the property, as does several freely-hanging hammocks, providing the perfect spot for afternoon napping or leisurely reading. A meandering pond inhabited by fish and turtles flows through portions of the property adding a lighter element to the ongoing natural soundtrack of waves crashing against the shoreline. The hotel consists of fourteen beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans, and free wireless internet. Most rooms are on the second floor of the main building, and open onto a large veranda with sweeping ocean views and of the garden. Banana Azul offers its guests a quaint restaurant that serves a complimentary filling breakfast, variety of lunch options and refreshing drinks throughout the day and a relaxing three entre dinner option in a romantic atmosphere at night. Gecko Trail Adventures tour company is on site to assist with tours and transportation needs and can assist with a variety of package options including visits to the Arenal Volcano, canopy tours, snorkeling trips, and even rafting excursions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Azul Hotel
- Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
- Hotel Banana Azul Costa Rica/Limon