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Hotel Banana Azul

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Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sedgefield, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

WE planned a simple wedding ceremony after 34 years of being together. We found Banana Azul booked a night in the Red Frog room (amazing outdoor private warmed pool - bliss) and got married on the beach there a week later. We could not have dreamt of anything more magical nor of having such kindness and generosity from Banana Azul.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I wanted to experience as much of Costa Rica as possible during our 9-day trip, so we were only here for 2 nights but would have gladly stayed longer. We stayed in the Howler Suite, which was open, airy, and had a beautiful view of the grounds and the ocean. I highly recommend this room for anyone... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Be prepared to sacrifice some comfort for an experience. The dirt road leading to the hotel is very rough. The humidity in May is oppressive, with nighttime offering little relief. While bugs were not an issue during my stay, the beds have mosquito nets... must be a reason for that. I stayed in the Dolphin suite, a corner room larger... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are adventurous and have time to drive to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, you will find a cluster of hotels, cabanas, and B&B's dotted along this beautiful coast. Although we stayed at a nearby cabana, Hotel Banana Azul is by far the best hotel experience of its kind in the area. Rooms/suites upstairs have more of an... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the hotel for a week in the Howler Suite. The Howler room is absolutely beautiful. The hotel grounds are some of the prettiest that I have ever seen. We did travel around the area a lot; however, we were completely content just staying at the hotel and relaxing on the beach. The front desk was outstanding and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Banana Azul for our honeymoon and could not be more impressed. The hotel management was made aware that this was our honeymoon by the travel company that we booked with, Gecko Trail Adventures, and they left an incredibly kind gift in our room. A bottle of wine, some local chocolates, and... More 

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colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

Thanks so much for entrusting us with this very special event in your life. We try and do our best. Cheers, Colin. More 

Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not much more to ad then all the other reviews. The property is beautiful and relaxing. The food was excellent. The beach is great. The service is great. The only warning is there are NO televisions or AC in the rooms, and the one that we were in 12 was a bit on the smaller side. Otherwise what... More 

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colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. Actually we have 3 rooms with AC and TV. Most people are fine with no AC as believe it or not, the Caribbean cools down nicely at night. However, May and June are warmest months. Thanks for choosing us. Cheers, Colin. More 

London, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to our stay at BA based on the glowing TA reviews however I just wasn't wowed in the way other travellers seem to be. I waited to write this review until I had stayed at other hotels in Arenal and Manuel Antonio so I could compare the service, value for money, rooms etc. The pros... More 

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colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

While we as hoteliers have hard time with critisism... I don't when they are valid. They just remind me, I am not there yet. We know some of the rooms lack insulation regarding noise. I did not realize this when I was building an all word hotel. We are scheduled for some renovations in about 1 year. I am going... More 

Edmonton
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked Banana Azul based on the reviews here and because I wanted beachfront with amenities. I know this place isn't for everyone and I wondered if I would fit in and enjoy a small hotel boutique experience. After a long scenic drive from Poas, the friendly greeting at check in set the mood for the rest of our stay.... More 

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colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

You guys are too sweet. Thanks for a great review. We also appreciate you noticing the small stuff we do to try and make your stay relaxing. Coffee on the beach at 5 am was my idea. One early morning I was sitting there watching the sun come up, enjoying a cup of coffee and I was so amazed at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I LOVED Banana Azul so much a couple years ago that my friends and I decided to return back. Same wonderful experince. Stayed in the ajoining Ocean rooms which is perfect for friends because of the open balconies. Staff are A++ and the management team is very professional and care about giving an awesome experience to guests. Thank you Colin,... More 

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