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Hotel Banana Azul
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

I would recommend this place to everyone. The location is amazing, the beach is close with an exotic jungle in the backyard. Great food and staff. The atmosphere was just good.
If you're going to Puerto Viejo I would recommend this place for you.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Julie S
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

I choose this place due to all the other wonderful trip advisor reviews as was not dissapointed. I ended up staying in two rooms as I extended my stay. Both room 2 and 4 were comfortable and offer a view of the ocean (the building is at a slight angle so at the end of the balcony all rooms get an ocean view). Room 2 had a better shower but room 4 had a better wall mounted fan, otherwise they were almost identical. If you can afford it, just based on glimpses, I would recommend room 1 (howler room) as this one has by far the best view (and a bath).
The staff throughout were all great, nothing was too much trouble and no question too stupid. The tour company on site are also very well organized and book most transfers and tour last minute.
The only con, and it's nothing the hotel could address, is that being a black sand beach it gets very hot in during the day and to take a dip in the ocean requires a good run (or feet that feel like they are burning). If you aren't able to run, don't want to wear shoes into the ocean and really want to swim in salt water rather than the pool I would advise looking for some place on one of the white sand beaches.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Thank elm01au
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

This was booked for us so we didn't have a choice, but would go back there in a second! The grounds are impeccable, the staff friendly, the food delicious and fresh. We stayed in one of the Sloth Cabinas, second floor. Quiet, breezy, hammock on porch. Short walk to the beach in the morning to enjoy coffee and peace, except for the crashing of waves on the gorgeous beach. Gecko Tours on the premises made it easy to book tours for the next day as needed. Would highly recommend this lovely place for couples as it a romantic venue set on the Caribbean coast. Not exactly for singles or groups.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank JudyB123
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

My fiancé and I discovered Banana Azul online before we ventured on our vacation, but didn't have plans to stay there because expedia was showing no availability for our time period. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived in Puerto Viejo that Banana Azul did in fact have availabilities. We would recommend calling to book directly with the resort to get your best rate and availabilities. The staff is very friendly, trusting, and everyone spoke English (and was more than willing to help us with our Spanish). Colin the owner is often present and mingling with the guest and is a wealth of information. The resort has a tastefully elegant yet rustic vibe that allows you to feel one with the natural surroundings. We stayed in two different rooms during our stay and each had something to offer. Room 3 was a great value that offered an ocean and garden view with privacy. The view from our Howler Room balcony was postcard perfect, lush flowers, vegetation, wildlife, and an ocean view. So far this has been our favorite place in all our travels! It was so hard to leave, but we will return!

Room Tip: Ocean View rooms allow for a cool breeze to sweep through your balcony french doors for a refreshing sleep and the best views of the garden as well as the ocean.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Funbasker
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

There are so many great reviews and pics of this resort that can't really add much it's a beautiful small hotel with great staff. We stayed in the treehouse apt. for a week and would go back in a second. The apt. is so awesome, I don't think I could stay in any of the other rooms in the resort now because now I'm spoiled.

Everyone was so nice and obviously liked their jobs and genuinely enjoyed chatting with you and trying to make sure you were having a great time went out of their way to make sure you had everything you need. It was a nice change from other countries where the staff work 12 hours a day for slave wages.

The owner, Colin was around every day chatting and answering questions, one day they were having a hard time getting us a cab and he went and got his own car and drove us!

Breakfast was great every day and if the dinner choices didn't appeal to us we just took a taxi to town. Taxi to Puerto Viejo is $4 flat rate and you don't tip, they will even just put the taxi on your hotel bill so you don't have to deal with change etc.

Very quite laid back vibe and it's a perfect home base for exploring the area, usually we were so tired from hiking, biking and the heat that we were in bed by 10pm anyway. I'm usually more of a night owl but if you want to party, just taxi into to town. Manzanillo natl. park and the Jaguar center were my favorites. We took the public bus to Manzanillo for about a $1 and hiked thru the park by ourselves and saw monkeys, sloths, tucans and more.. experience of a lifetime and loved Banana Azul

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank chicasluvflexico
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