flew into san jose airport...spent a few days in san jose. ho hum nothing really to say about san jose. typical larger city. no problems or anything but nothing exactly to write home about. hopped on the bus to puerto viejo. wanted to take an earlier bus but it was full. so heads up to anyone busing from san jose to puerto viejo...show up early to get on the bus you want. bus ride wasn't that bad. kinda boring...felt a lil sick on the way back going through the mountains. ive got a weak stomach though. made in into puerto viejo and banana azul....the location itself is very nice. outside of town...kinda off the beaten path. my girlfriend (lives in san jose) and i stayed in the garden suite which was directly next to the hotel office. the room itself was beautiful. outdoor tub, hammock, plants....very attracive. it was clean upon arrival and cleaned well everyday. i thought the bed was pretty weak. not very comfy and kinda noisy. due to the location of the room we there was a good bit of hotel noise that was easily heard while in the room. the walls are far from soundproof. we are a young couple in a long distance relationship....soooo being next the the office with thin walls made us feel a little shy if you know what i mean =).....the pool was still being built so that was a mess but there wasnt a ton of noise or inconvenience. staff was great. colin, roberto, the young male bartender and female waitstaff in the morning were all very friendly and helpful. the breakfast in the morning was good. bugs were a minor issue but its costa rica sooo it should be expected. we had dinner a few times which was affordable and tasty. im not sure the drinks at the bar had any alcohol in them but they were well put together. all the drinks were made from scratch. the hotel dogs were a blast to hang out with. the best touch of the experience though was after a long day of bike riding to cahuita (sorry mal) roberto had put together a fruit basket, bottle of wine and had a bath with oils ready for us upon return. my girlfriend and i were both speechless. so as a whole i would stay here again. i would try to stay in another room and would recommend any other young couples or honeymooners do the same.
- 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