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Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is really laid back, comfortable and so well done. From the friendly staff to the beautiful property, Banana Azul is an oasis in an otherwise coarse area. We loved all the hardwood- from the floors to the balconies to the furniture. We were concerned about lack of A/C but that proved not to be a problem. There were... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent customer service, they pay attention to every single detail. The rooms are so nice, and comfortable. The best room I ever stay. So beatiful, but the garden rooms lack of privacy. You can hear everything for the outside and the other way around

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grand rapids, mi
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the many years I’ve traveled Costa Rica everyone I spoke with who had stayed at Banana Azul raved about it. This was my maiden voyage. When I first stepped off the transit bus in the parking lot of Banana Azul I knew it was something special. It is beautiful end to end, designed with a great sense of flow... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to put into words how amazing this place was. We spent five nights in the Howler suite, which is a corner room that faces the beach. The toom was a good size with a large deck facing the ocean. Every night we'd go to sleep and wake up to the sound of crashing waves....300 feet from your room.... More

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Charlo, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To sum it up, the experience was very disappointing. The location is very near an extremely slummish area. I saw people begging and homeless looking drifters on the same road. The hotel also provides lunch to many of the shuttles going to panama and other parts of Costa Rica. So from 10 to 1 or so there is a strong... More

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

Wow... What a disaster! I could not believe we had a guest this dissatisfied and I was not made aware of it. I asked my front office staff and they were just as confused and combed all our recent guests and front office log book and could find nothing that remotely would describe this level of dissatisfaction. So, my thought... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel ended up being awesome. The restaurant was extremely slow but the entire staff was amazing. I got a great massage from Jaikel, the front desk people were friendly and helpful and the Gecko travel reps were great when planning what to do. My room was not screened in when we stayed so when i woke up at night... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I and our two dear friends spent 5 fabulous days at this wonderful hotel. Its ground are beautiful and the owner has worked very hard to match beauty with service in a way that creates a place of ultimate relaxation. Our days consisted of coffee in the AM, reading the boards for the daily meals and happy... More

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Nagold, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent two nights in this hotel and can only recommend it to anyone. The hotel is beautifully located with its own beach. The facilities are very nice and clean, rooms are amazing. The entire hotel is designed to fit into the beautiful nature surrounding it! The breakfast is included and was very tasty, you can always choose between options... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Please note if you arrive at night in darkness you have to leave the main road onto a dirt track to get to Banana Azul - so if you have just had a five hour hysterically terrifying drive from San Jose by a crazy-fast driver constantly overtaking trucks in the dark and in the torrential rain, that foreboding feeling of... More

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and two friends recently had an exceptional stay at Banana Azul. We arrived after a long day of river rafting on Rio Pacuare (we booked the adventure transport through Gecko travel which is located at the hotel, it included pick up in Arenal, full day rafting and drop-off at Banana Azul - I can highly recommend it!). When... More

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Address: Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
Hotel Banana Azul Costa Rica/Limon

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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 fourteen beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans, and free wireless internet. 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. Gecko Trail Adventures tour company 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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