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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
Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“back in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

we just left from our stay at our favorite hotel. we stayed from the 12th to the 19th of may. the room was 55 dollars for the two of us as it is off season from 1st of may to 1st of december. i cant speak well enough of this wonderful friendly hotel. this is our third stay here. the staff is so good to us. they do such a good job making us feel at home. there are movies every night in the restaurant for a 6 dollar consumption charge. our room was clean and comfortable. the floors are all tiled. and it has cable tv. they are sister hotels with ylang ylang so you can walk down the beach and take advantage of the pool at ylang ylang. we love you sano banano and will be back again soon!

Room Tip: we slept like babies. for me i cant see how you can find a better value anywhere in montezuma
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Montezuma is a great place to visit, its very relaxing, no hassle, very small, very pretty. El sano banano: really nice hotel, the restaurant is nice, so is the sitting area and the garden, you can see birds, iguanas, and lots of geckos. The staff is great, very nice and helpful, the food is amazing, we had sushi, chicken kebabs with bbq, fish with a shrimp sauce, coconut soup with shrim and ceasar salad and I recommend it all! everything was delicious, so was the breakfast which is included and they serve bigg portions! the Yland Yland is beautiful, peaceful, the pool is really nice, you can see lots of monkeys, they have happy hour 3-6p, and is right on the beach, el sano banano is only a couple of minutes away from the beach and a 15 min walk from ylang ylang. Theres is a supermarket "Mamatea" very close if you need to buy something and its cheaper than the one next to el sano banano, if you want to visit cabuya and Cabo Blanco national park, there is public transportation leaving at 11:15 and 1:15 I think. The rooms are small, but nice and clean, the only complaint I have is the water, we didnt get a lot of water and it was either super hot or cold. It was the perfect time to go because the weather is still nice, and not a lot of people...I highly recommend el Sano Banano :)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

My wife and I stayed at El Sano Banano for 9 nights, We had breakfast there evey day, with many daily choices, it was allways very good. we had several dinners there also, each better than the last, which was hard to do !!! Amy, Martene, and ALL the staff we the best !! The rooms are nice and clean. Big warm shower, but small bathroom. Only one problem wifi did not work for beans.Ihad 2 smart phones & 2 lap tops, had wifi maby 3 minutes in 9 days. all else was great, especially breakfast out back, huge blue birds, beautiful red-brown squirles, and iguanas shared our food.

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YlangYlangManagement, Manager at El Sano Banano Village Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2012
We are very happy to hear that you had such a great time at our hotel and that you enjoyed the restaurant so much!
Our internet provider was having some serious issues which took them about 10 days to repair, this only affected a couple places in town and unfortunately we were one of them. We kept trying to fix the problem internally but were not able to as it was not something we could repair...
The issue has been repaired and our internet is up and running as well as usual.
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montreal
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I've been visiting montezuma since 1992, stayed at el sano banano, 6 times total, and quality price service is the best. The bed and breakfast is simple but clean , air condition , safe, the food is awesome, service is personal and they make you feel like home. The hotel is center, so you are next to the groceries, near all the action and restaurants, well isolated ( noise) The ylang ylang is 10-15 min walk on the beach, unless you are not in shape. anyway when you go to the beach as Playa Grande, or Cocalitos you still have to walk in front of ylang ylang where you can have lunch , enjoy the swimming pool, the food is pricey but delicious.

Beeing downtown is helpfull to be close to walk to the cascade, take the bus to visit around,

Now they have a galery , terrase outside so you can eat surround by trees, less noisy than front street side.

We always feel welcome and i certainly return, even if Montezuma is more crowded, comparing to 92

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

I spent 5 nights at el sano banano on a girls trip with three girlfriends. The rooms arent huge or elaborate but for the price, they were great. Also, the location cant be beat. A short walk from the beach and right in the main street in the middle of Montezuma "town," with a short walk to lots of great restaurants and little shops. The breakfast every morning is included and delicious!!! El Sano Banano's sister resort, Ylang Ylang, is a short beach-front walk away and is beautiful. Nice pool/beachfront/great food and happy hour drinks. Also we saw a TON of monkeys on the Ylang Ylang property! The staff at both hotels are GREAT - very friendly, helpful, and were great with coordinating our excursions. If you are looking for price, location, good food, and excellent customer service - el sano banano is for you!!

Room Tip: The rooms vary in size greatly. We lucked out and got a room with a huge window overlooking the bre...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

When we arrived the staff showed us to our room and it was smaller than we had hoped with just two double beds. There were three of us with big backpacks so we decided to check to see if they could give us a bigger room. They were able to accomodate us so we were very happy. The new room was much bigger and we each had our own bed. It's a no frills room but it suited us just fine since we weren't spending much time there. One night we were falling asleep and then we heard a loud chirping sound in the room. We almost had a heart attack! We all jumped out of our beds to investigate and found a gecko. Who knew they made that sound! Breakfast is delicious and I highly recommend the banana pancakes. One bird kept flying down taking sugar packets and then one of them started landing on my head. After the second time, I opted to eat inside. Dinner was delicious too. We went to use the facilities at Ylang Ylang every day and loved it. I also took salsa lessons there and the teacher was excellent. The monkeys came to visit the pool every day so we got some great shots. One of them almost got away with one of our bags though! He helped himself to our potato chips instead. The last day we left at 6am and they provided us tea/coffee and fresh banana bread for breakfast. We want to send a special thank you to Martin for all his help during our stay there. The only problem is the aforementioned bird tapped on our window every morning at 7am! She was a serious pain in the ...but we are very happy we stayed here. Great value when you use the facilities at Ylang Ylang.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room on the top floor in the back and that is where the bird liked to visit early m...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

The hotel is nice but really simle. They say that you can use Ylang Ylang pool and installations. What they never mention is that you have to walk about 30 minutes to get there on a lonely-dark path.
Rooms are quite small and have no ventilation at all. It was certainly clean, but I am sure you can get better for the price.
Breakfast is really awsome!.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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YlangYlangManagement, Manager at El Sano Banano Village Hotel, responded to this review, March 14, 2012
In response to your recently posted comments, we are very happy to read the many positives you mention: “The hotel is nice… it was certainly clean…(and) breakfast is really awesome!”

Regarding your concern: “a little bit expensive” is a subjective way to openly criticize a 22 year running business that humbly provides the best possible prices for outstanding services with free included pool and other services in our unique and amazing beach front location: Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is located on the beach as it’s name mentions, it is only a leisurely 10 minute walk from El Sano Banano Village Hotel and Restaurant on the beach or jungle road (perhaps more if you stop to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings). During daylight this is a very simple walk as well as at night (only that a flashlight may be needed).

We work very hard and have been for many decades constantly maintaining and improving a small family business which started from literally nothing. Years of hard work and dedication have allowed our El Sano Banano Village Hotel and Restaurant to blossom.

We strive on making our guests feel welcome and comfortable!

We sincerely apologize for the parts of your stay that you deemed unfavorable but are happy to hear that you enjoyed the rest so much! Thank you for those comments.
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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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