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Hotel Banana Azul
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

I currently live in Costa Rica and met a friend traveling on the Caribbean side. I highly recommend hotel Banana Azul. It has everything. Palapas and hammocks right on the beach, a swimming pool, delicious food and good cocktails. The rooms are beautiful with nice details. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the owner makes an effort to chat with the guests. I also recommend getting a massage on the beach by Louis and enjoying Caribbean dinner night. My friend and I enjoyed our mini vacation here very much. For me, it was worth the splurge!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

On our cross country adventure we only spent two short days at Banana Azul but it felt like an eternity. The whole property is like a vivid dream on the water. The room was amazing with a Galley that was as large as the sleeping quarters. We lay in the hammock watching the waves and then walked down to the restaurant for amazing lunch and dinner. On the beach (which is literally twelve steps from the hotel) we joined other patrons to watch the sunrise and then the sunset. The staff was superfun and we even met one of the owners who was kind enough to stop by our table and say hello. LOVED IT!

Room Tip: I don't know how there could be a bad room here!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited Costa Rica for the first time a few weeks ago. After much deliberation we decided to venture to the Caribbean side of the country and chose Banana Azul as our home for the week. The grounds at Banana Azul are absolutely stunning. No matter where you are on the property you are surrounded by natural beauty.

We had an ocean view room which was decorated in a very minimalistic manner, but since we didn't spend much time in the rooms we didn't mind. Our room didn't have AC, but did offer two fans and a great ocean breeze. There were a couple times AC would have been nice; however, not having it was never a big issue and added to the jungle feel. There are rooms on the property that did offer AC, but with the fantastic breeze it isn't really necessary.

Breakfast is included in the cost of the room which is an added bonus. Their fresh juice was some of the best I had ever had. The food is good, but not the most memorable aspect of our stay at Banana Azul. Town is about a 20-25 minute walk away (5-10 minute cab ride) and definitely worth exploring. It is not recommended to walk around at night but friendly folk at the reception desk are more than willing to call you a cab.

Thank you Colin and the rest of the staff at Banana Azul for the wonderful hospitality! My boyfriend and I are already dreaming about our next trip to Banana Azul and Puerto Viejo!

Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stayed here on our honeymoon and everything was incredible! The food, the people, the staff, the grounds and the room. Hands down this is the best place to stay in on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica! What a phenomenal staff and excellent service.

Everyone and everything at Banana Azul completely exceeded all of my expectations! Thank you for an amazing vacation! We will be back.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Anyone familiar with the song knows the feelings and emotions it envolks. At Banana Azul I felt that same soothing uplifting atmosphere that song brings to my mind. The location is perfect, a beautiful stroll to town, but far enough away to keeps its own serenity. The staff were exceptional. From the freshly brewed coffee awaiting us on the beach for our sunrise watching routine, all the way through to the great tunes and wonderful dinners we experienced before heading to bed we were treated to so many special moments. If you need to find a place for a complete recharge this place is it. Thanks to everyone at Banana Azul for making us feel so welcome. Jeff and Dennis

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Upon our arrival there was a lovely welcome basket. Thanks Colin. This was our second time to stay at the Banana Azul and as on our first visit, the staff was attentive, friendly and very accommodating.David was very helpful at the front desk and it was very nice to see Jimmy's smiling face in the dinning room each morning. And, the food was wonderful. What a pleasure to awake in the morning slip on your bathing suit and walk to a beautiful beach in no more than 5 minutes. You can order drinks from the beach bar or you can even order food if you like. On one of the days of our stay there was a Tarot Card reader at the beach which was quiet interesting.There is a shower just as you leave the beach and one at the pool on your way back. The entire facility is calm, peaceful and beautifully landscaped. I could go on and on but, you will just have to enjoy the experience yourself. As we say in Costa Rica, this is true Pura Vida, Tom and Susan Ritter

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Had a wonderful time sharing this venue with friends on our trip. Bar and food service were great, and it's clear that Collin and his staff continue to work hard at constantly improving the hotel, services, and gardens. A little warm for our tastes as Banana Azul takes its commitment to green sustainability seriously and there is no a/c (which seems the rule rather than the exception in Puerto Viejo), but other than adding more ceiling fans we really couldn't have expected a better experience. Thanks again, and pura vida!

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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 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: £48 - £122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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