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“Caribbean delight ”
Review of Hotel Banana Azul

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Hotel Banana Azul
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Costa Rica
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70 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Caribbean delight ”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

The hotel offers the perfect combination, good location, steps away from the beach, close enough to town to go out at night but avoid the crowds during the high season. Besides playa negra, other beaches are as close as 2-3 km from the hotel which is also very convenient. The staff is very friendly and welcoming.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had a great time at this beautiful hotel. The rooms are spectacular, very clean and comfortable. The bathrooms spacious and even had plants, ad the balcony big and with hammock. The pool is beautiful and located between garden trees. The beach is about 50 meters from the hotel and it had a massage hut ( highly recommend getting one) and beach chairs. You are still very close to town, about a 20 minute walk. The food and drinks are amazing, but be prepared to pay good money for it. Not the best place to stay on a right budget. Only reason I did not give and excellent review is because even though they label themselves as an Eco lodge and promised not to clean sheets and towels every day, they did.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Expect to be delighted by this hotel because it is special. The staff are excellent and really try to make you feel welcome. The rooms are lovely, airy and restful with nice roofed decks. The breakfasts are appetizing and substantial and there is always lots of fresh fruit on offer. There is even a coffee service on the beach at 6 am for early risers who want to relax to the sounds of waves on the shore. This is a visually stunning place with beautifully tended gardens, lily ponds, koi fish and turtles and happy dogs and cats who help make it feel like home. Nice beach. About a half hour walk to Puerto Viejo or $4 taxi ride. A good restaurant and bar means you really never have to leave the property to have a lovely time. I'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

At the end of our travels around Costa Rica, we planned this stay by the Caribbean to just kick back, relax and enjoy the beach. We could not have picked a better place. The attention to detail makes Banana Azul stand out. The room was comfortable, breakfast was great, the beach is well cared for and a dip in the (small) pool was very refreshing. We had dinner at the hotel both nights and it was very good and reasonably priced. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, too.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Sometimes, on the trail of "Happy Destiny", you find paradise, and such was the case with our recent stay at amazing Banana Azul. The gregarious,owner Colin, and his GM, Jorge, welcomed us with a refreshing drink, and then came a tour of the fabulous grounds, wide beach, and the Hotel.

After a whirlwind 2 week tour of Costa Rica, this was just what I needed. The rooms all had amazing views of the lush gardens, hammocks to read a book, snooze, or be in your own Fantasy Island. The friendly housekeeping Staff, kept the rooms very clean, and could not do enough to make you feel part of the Family.

The garden level of the hotel also doubles as a dining area for all meals, and the food was well prepared, simple, and the menu varied. For me the fact, a seafood item was often on the menu, was wonderful. Our wait Staff, and Chef, ensured we were satisfied with our choices, as well as the quality, and preparation of the food. Looking out at the garden, I watched an iguana, sun itself, coy swim by in a small stream, and a turtle family vie with the coy, for the odd morsel. Truly, I have entered a little bit of Heaven.

Mere steps away, was the Azul Beach Club, right on the warm Caribbean Ocean. There are little thatched roof sun huts, and a friendly beach waiter to look after your drink requirements, or snacks. Being a lifeguard in my younger years, the thrill of Body Surfing each day, was in itself worth the trip. I often walked for hours up, and down the quiet, clean beach without seeing a soul, save for the off bird....Serenity was a constant companion. The good news, should you require a bit of noise, shopping, night life, Puerto Veijo, is a 10 minute ride by taxi, or use one of the bikes the Hotel has available.

If you have gathered I like this property, you are 100% correct. There is not enough space here to name all the professional Staff, Jorge for his brilliant management and training skills, and Colin for his vision, attention to detail, and his daily oversight to ensure his guests comfort, and enjoyment needs are met.

Room Tip: The Howler room, would be my choice for a romantic getaway. Gecko tours arranged our whole itinerary...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Canberra
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32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
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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Property: Hotel Banana Azul
Address: Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#1 Family Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Banana Azul 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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 22 beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans (some with A/C), and free WiFi. 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. Caribe Fun Tours 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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Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
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