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“Best budget option in Montezuma” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Sano Banano Village Hotel

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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
Escazu, Costa Rica
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Best budget option in Montezuma”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Great option for travelers on a tight budget. The place is located right down town, the staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are pretty standard but clean and cute. The restaurant is conveniently located downstairs and they have movie time during the weekend (thats when i was there). One great amenity is the use pool at the Ylang Ylang hotel! great retreat (without paying the accomodation price) .
Breakfast is included, and the options are very appealing to the region...very tropical and fruity.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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  • 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 February 17, 2014

The hotel was in a great location for Montezuma - we walked out the door and the beach and attractions were right there, but it stayed quiet at night. The restaurant downstairs was super cute and the food was good (breakfast was included). They had an organic juice bar that was delicious but expensive, as was some of the other items. The staff was extremely friendly. Rooms were on par with other places in Costa Rica that we stayed.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

After visiting Montezuma nearly 20 times since 2001, we finally stayed at El Sano Banano - as we were on a last minute trip to the area over New Year's. I was hesitant because of the potential noise in Montezuma center - and was thrilled when we went to sleep at around 1:30 am New Year's eve, and could barely hear the noise outside. The rooms are clean. They have A/C and televisions, and are highly soundproof. The restaurant is downstairs for easy access to coffee in the a.m. and food whenever you want. Also, it's great that we could go out to Ylang Ylang on the beach and use the amenities - pool, yoga, etc (we've stayed there over the years as well). So basically - you get a reasonably priced room, access to food, and use of the beautiful pool and other amenities at the resort. Loved it.

Room Tip: Rooms on the inside and the backside.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We stayed at El Sano Banano for two nights after our yoga retreat in Montezuma. The rooms are simple and clean and there is plenty of hot water for the shower. We walked to the pool at Ylang Ylang two or three times which is fun. The restaurant has raw food which we ate for all our meals. Thank you for that! The center of town location is ideal and a big motivating reason to stay. The staff is attentive and helpful.

Room Tip: The town is potentially noisy but I did not hear it at night.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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EAST ST PAUL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I would not recommend staying here. The rooms are very tiny (1 single & 1 double bed with just enough room to walk around them). All 4 walls & the ceiling are stuccoed concrete. There are 2 small windows that look onto the concrete hallway wall. The rooms are above the restaurant. Every night they play really loud movies - & you hear it all loud & clear. There is a 10 inch old tv mounted near the ceiling by the bathroom. It is not nice here at all.

It is very overpriced for what you get. They do give you access to Ylang Ylang, which is a 10-15 min walk away. There you trade your key for 2 smaller towels. Their pool is small & nothing special.

The restaurant below is alright but very overpriced. Last night we had a quesadilla & BBQ chicken skewers with mash potatoes & it cost $40. The ambiance of the restaurant is one of a coffee shop.

My recommendation is choose somewhere else to stay!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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uumatter, Owner at El Sano Banano Village Hotel, responded to this review, February 1, 2014
Melanie, I am very surprised by your very critical review. First, you are obviously unaware that there are 12 rooms in the hotel and each is different. Most have views outdoors and some do not. Likewise, most of the rooms are not above the restaurant and the ones that are only have a small amount of sound leakage that only lasts until 9:30pm, the hour our events wind down. Montezuma town, in general, is a noisy environment. That is why we designed our rooms for sleeping purposes, keeping out the street noise quite well. Had we made our hotel out of wood, you instead would be commenting about the street noise and being unable to sleep.

Our prices are, contrary to your review, very reasonable. Consider the fact that breakfast, air conditioning, cable TV, hot water, wireless internet private parking and security and a very friendly and helpful staff are all included in the price. Add to that the added benefit El Sano Banano guests can use the pool and facilities at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, a very lovely beachfront pool, I might add, with a towel to boot. Not to mention the ambiance.

El Sano Banano Restaurant is very reasonably priced as well, when you take into account the quality of the ingredients used in preparation and the remote location and the difficulty that entails. The outdoor garden seating is lovely.

I happen to like cafes, by the way. They are cozy. Ours has been around since the early 80's.

In my experience, a vast majority of our guests are pleased with the economy of El Sano Banano. It often attracts people interested in the town of Montezuma and its nightlife as well as the great location it offers for proximity to the beaches, nature, other restaurants, shops and tours.

Please note that we are one of the few establishments that operate with a predominantly Costa Rican staff and though I personally am from the U.S., I have been fortunate to live and work with these wonderful people for over 38 years.

Likewise, I happened to notice that not one little positive comment came out of your review.
I am sorry we were unable to please you in some small way...

Sincerely,

Lenny
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

The staff was as friendly as could be, the location was perfect, and the use of the expensive resort was a nice perk.wi-fi is awful in certain rooms. Works fine in the bar and restaurant. Restaurant did not serve me a bad meal in my 10 days I stayed.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albert, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We took the opportunity to 4x4 from Playa Samara south along the Nicoya Penninsula to visit Montezuma. Came across El Sano Banano and really enjoyed the service and community - excellent stop! It is situated right in the main core area, near the beach, and it was a plus to be able to use the pool at the nearby Ylang-Ylang hotel also which was a fun visit also.

Room Tip: The staff were willing to show possible room options, so feel free to ask - that was a nice touch.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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