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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
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“Good for the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

The staff is Great and the free Breakfast is really good. There lunch/dinner menu is a little pricey but the food is really good. The only issue with the room I had was the mattresses but that seems to be a Costa Rican thing since all 3 hotels I stayed at it was the same thing. Good location. They have a movie night at 7 30 which is nice

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

LOVED this place. The quality of service we received here was more than exceptional. We planned to only spend a couple of days, but the location, price, food and friendly demeanor here convinced us to stay for most of our trip. The wait staff was superb as well as the food. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful, especially Edward. :) Complimentary breakfast like no other, and candlelight dinner in the evening, accompanied by a newly released movie on a big screen made this place feel like a home away from home. Very comfortable. Hope to be back some day soon! Especially if we win the free night stay offered on the survey we took before we left....!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Estes Park, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Loved it here at Sano Banano.

This was another place that we had booked just a short stay to see if we liked it and ended up staying for a week. The food was very good especially the breakfast. Really neat to eat outside with the monkey's overhead.

We travel on a tight budget and Sano fit the bill perfectly, especially since you can use the pool at Ylang Ylang which is amazing, so you get the use of the high end resort at Sano Banano prices.

The town of Montezuma is a very cool place and after a while you start to feel like a part of it and like maybe being an ex-pat here might be a good move, just very laid back.

Room Tip: We stayed upstairs on the street side which can have some noise but we really liked the windows look...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

One of the best price quality in montezuma, because many of the hotels are overpriced. But with el sano we would get a ac room including breakfast. So we chose for el sano banano. The rooms arent WOW but they should do the trick. Te breakfast was good. We only had some problems with birds who were trying to steal our food. It was a nice plus we could use the pool in the other hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I liked this place more than I expected to. I tried to get a room at Ylang Ylang Resort, but there weren't any available so booked here. I was glad I was in town. Great location. My room was a very small interior room, very basic (it would have been small for two, but I was alone). There was AC and the room was fine, since I was outside all day. I really liked the restaurant and ended up eating all my dinners there (3 nights). The menu was more imaginative than others I looked at in town and they are very eco-aware. There is a nice place to sit outside. The indoors seemed rather dark. They have movie nights, which was a neat idea, but it was fairly noisy in the evening. Good service.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Great budget hotel, perfect location in montezuma center ( all three blocks of it:) and right next to the beach, simple and clean room, but tv small and up high, and be careful of the walls, they are done in rough finish and if you touch, you may get a scratch, but not a deal breaker. Breakfast was included and had a nice variety of options (however not buffet as was listed, but rather a drink and an entree). Plenty of options for vegetarians. Best part are the people. Rafa was especially helpful with suggestions. Must visit and hike the nearby waterfall if physically able!!!! If you want to get away to a quite area, walk 15 min down beach to their sister upscale hotel Ylang Ylang. They have a great pool area with lounge chairs and hammocks and amazing happy hour food and drinks. If you are a colada fan, try their piña, papaya and banana coladas. I'll be dreaming of those for a while. Overall, would recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I booked a two queen bed-room online and when we check in the manager assigned us to a super small room, with a mini double bed and a single bed.
Then we found out the shower water was nearly dripping out and completely cold, the manager came and spent 15 mins trying to persuade us all we need to do is to wait. When he was finally proved wrong, he changed us to another room, much larger with two queen beds (how lucky we were!). Not surprisingly the water is still dripping cold, and the plumber that he promised to come never showed up.
This is definitely the WORST hotel experience I had during my entire stay in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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uumatter, Owner at El Sano Banano Village Hotel, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear guest,

I am happy we were able to provide you with a room change that was to your liking. Unfortunately, during your stay, we experienced a water outage in the Village of Montezuma that affected all the local hotels and as a result were unable to resolve the situation immediately.

Our maintenance chief was alerted but did not enter your room directly as the problem was the town water system in general. He reported the problem to the person in charge, Emma, who in turn called the person in charge of our town's water supply, who later discovered that one of the holding tanks located a kilometer from town had ruptured.

We do have reserve water tanks at the hotel for times like these but the amount in reserve is exhaustible.

At the moment, the Nicoya Peninsula is experiencing an extended drought and we as a town have taken steps to resolve this problem by connecting our water system with the neighboring town of Cóbano.

Fortunately, our guests at Sano Banano are welcome to use the showers and pool at our sister hotel on the beach, Ylang Ylang, where we have our own ample and proprietary water system.

We apologize for this inconvenience and would like to mention that as a hotel owner, not all things are in our control. We do our utmost to resolve any problems as quickly as possible and will go out of our way to help you in any way we can.

Sincerely,

Patricia (Owner)
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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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