Colin and Roberto were great hosts. They've done a beautiful job designing and running the place. It's quiet, set right on the beach, about 1/2 hour walk along the beach to Puerto Viejo, which is a funky, surfer town. (It's a black sand beach, btw.). We chose the place on the recommendation of a cab driver in San Jose on a previous visit and because we wanted to see the Caribbean side of CR. We actually liked it better than the Pacific because it is less developed, much less so than Manuel Antonio. We had the best room (#1), which has a great porch right on the ocean side.
We are a gay couple and rather expected there would be more gay guests, but it is very much a mixed, friendly place. Most of the guests were young, straight couples and there were some families with older children. We made friends with everyone.
The hotel does a great job of arranging excursions. We enjoyed everything they set up. They care about what they recommend.
This is not a place for someone expecting 4-star accomodations, but they don't pretend to be so. It's a very modern, clean but simple hotel. Very relaxing and friendly. Not a party scene.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Banana Azul Hotel
- Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
- Hotel Banana Azul Costa Rica/Limon