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El Sano Banano Village Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road - Town Center, Montezuma, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 19 hotels in Montezuma
New Ulm, Minnesota
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“Great rooms, great location, great price.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

The El Sano Banano is right in the middle of Montezuma. They are a block from the beach, and surrounded by all of the bars and restaurants in town. The rooms were air conditioned, generous in size and clean. Most rooms have more than one bed, so it's great for families and groups. Breakfast is included with your room rate, and you can eat indoors or outside with a partial view of the beach and ocean. The restaurant at the hotel has fabulous daily specials and a great menu, with a focus on healthy and fresh foods. The service in the hotel and restaurant was fantastic. El Sano Banano is a great budget-friendly place with the service of a high-end boutique hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

We spent 4 nights here & it was a great experience. The rooms were spartan but very clean, the staff were friendly and helpful, the location can't be beat and the best was the access to the sister hotel, Ylang Ylang beach resort. The breakfasts were very good and the only complaint I had was our shower water was not very hot. I think there may have been a way to raise the temps but it was not clear if that was the purpose of the little red switch (which didn't move when tugged hard) and I didn't want to break anything. It was warm enough that hot water was not a necessity so it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the hotel or our vacation.

I highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012 via mobile

Our Spartan room (without a window) was overpriced, but use this place as a passport to the quite excellent Ylang Ylang resort up the coast (lovely pool, great beach, top notch food and cocktails). That said, staff at El Sano were really friendly and super helpful. Plus the breakfasts are jolly good. Just don't expect too much from the hotel itself.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

I travel to Montezuma several times per year, and usually stay outside of the village.
On my last trip, I decided to stay at El Sano Banano since there was a $45 per night special, and I wanted to be closer to the beach and Chico's Bar.

The Hotel staff were so incredibly nice. I actually think of them as friends now, and know I am always welcome there. Emma, Jairo, Juan, Geovani and the others will do whatever it takes to make you happy. The rooms are extra clean, the free breakfast every morning was delicious - eggs, pinto, tortillas, local cheese and fresh juice. There was a security guard there after dark, which was great since I always felt safe.

Really the best place I've stayed in Montezuma. There are fancier spots, like Ylang Ylang or Nature Lodge, but for the price, staff, service, and food, Sano Banano can't be beat.

Tip for dinner: Try the sushi!

Room Tip: Ask for room 5 if traveling with group!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011 via mobile

The hotel was very centrally located. The food at the restaurant was good especially the breakfast tipico and the house keeping really knows how to clean. We were next to the beach and there was never any sand in our room.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

I and 3 friends stayed at the Sano Banano in mid-November. Montezuma is a very laid back village but the staff at the hotel were not when it came to service. they were always available to help and offered excellent suggestions for outside activities. The rooms are the usual motel size, very clean, air conditioned and colorful. the room i stayed in had a very cool shower with nice tile work. the hotel staff were attentive but no overbearing. the food from the hotel restaurant was good to great. i had their fruit and yogurt for breakfast and was amazed by the selection and quality of the produce. Dinner of mahi-mahi was just as fresh and wonderful as the breakfast. when i spoke to Emma the manager, she said she buys their food locally from area farmers or fishermen. the internet/business center was great, equipped with Mac computers. There are televisions in the rooms but we were not in Costa Rica to watch TV.
the montezuma beach is beautiful and goes on and on and on. the beaches are not owned by fancy hotel chains and are all natural with sea weeds, driftwood and other items washing up as the tides bring them. volcanic rock is everywhere and gives a very different appearance from US or mexican beaches that are just imported sand. The town is very small, 4 blocks or so, and has a limited number of things to do. there is much to do in the area though, just a short bus or car ride away. Buses run to nearby towns for grocery shopping, sight seeing or just cruising the streets for great local food. we stayed at the Sano Banano for a week and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel, staff and area.

Room Tip: room #1 was upstairs and quiet with good a/c and shower.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011 via mobile

Muy buen alojamiento y servicio de acuerdo al precio pagado. El desayuno está incluido y el menu tiene varias opciones, probamos el desayuno típico costarricense, el omelet y los panqueques de banano, todos estos excelentes.

Usamos la piscina del Ylang Ylang, nos gusto mucho y el personal el de ambos hoteles fue muy amable.

Somos de San José, Costa Rica.

Very good stay and service according to the price. The breakfast is included and we had several options to choose, we tried the typical costarrican breakfast, omelet and banana pancakes, all of these were excellent.

We used the Ylang Ylang swimming pool, we liked it very much and all the staff from both hotels was really nice.

We are from San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Sano Banano Village Hotel

Address: Main Road - Town Center, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 hotels in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Sano Banano Village Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the main street in the heart of Montezuma, this hotel offers 11 comfortable rooms that are economically priced just a block from the beach. The rooms are above the well-known restaurant and have A.C., hot showers and SkyTV. The rooms are quiet and secure for those who prefer in-town comfort. Breakfast is included and the hotel guests are welcome to use the pool and hammocks at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, just a 10-12 minute walk on the beach from Montezuma. ... more   less 
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