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Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Costa Rica
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 22 hotels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.8
Value
4.6
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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 25 beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans (some with A/C), and free WiFi. 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. Caribe Fun Tours 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Diving
Canoeing offsite
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Taxi service
Couples massage
Head massage
Massage
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
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Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Catalan
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JustJo29 wrote a review Jun 14
St. Albans, United Kingdom184 contributions107 helpful votes
The drive between SJO and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 4hrs-6hrs. It is very much worth noting that there are flights from SJO-LIO (Limon is a town about one hour north of the hotel). The property itself is gorgeous; very luscious and green with lots of interesting plant and wildlife. The beach itself is stunning and often empty. Being adults only is a major plus as well! There are several different rooms types available, and each of the descriptions very clearly say whether or not the room has air con. I personally wouldn't have been able to have a room without air con. I stayed in two room types, the first was KINKAJU CABINA which really exceeded expectations. I could hear the ocean from my hammock and the air conditioning worked brilliantly. It is a little further from the restaurant and pool, and was therefore a much quieter room. The second room I stayed in was the TROPICAL BATH STANDARD. It is ground floor and next to reception, so it can be a little noisy during daylight hours. The room itself is stunning, and would be perfect for any romantic getaway. The showerhead of my room (Tropical 9) could do with a clean as the water jets out in all sorts of directions, and the shower temperature is either cold or scalding. But having an outdoor bath and cold air from the air conditioning was wonderful. The breakfast was always outstanding, and the staff were all SO lovely. The excursions offered at the hotel were all quality, and good fun. I had one of the best massages; right on the beach listening to the waves. I absolutely loved this place and cannot wait to go back.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Hola. Thanks for forgiving us about the shortcomings of our Tropical Bath rooms. Please know, we are striving to make them better. We hope we can host you and your friends/family soon. Cheers, Colin.
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Nydia C wrote a review Jun 4
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Beautiful serene environment lush well maintained garden and overall facility. Very dedicated staff always eager to please and make you feel truly at home. In particular Jazmin, Andres & Mayhla. Truly exceptional service from all three of them. Their dedication to customer services made our stay so much more enjoyable! Being an animal lover having Brownie( doggie) and Domino(kitty) rosming the property and greeting us at breakfast or on the beach added to the warmth abd inviting atmosphere. Fantastic cocktails and fruit juices! Ceviche is one of the best Ive had! The only hiccup was that our room did not have air conditioning( clearly stated during booking i just didnt catch it) though it did have 2 large fans. Also because of open rooms very prone to mosquitos/bugs. So bring your bug spray! I also have to mention Selva from Caribbean Fun tours who was super helpful arranging our massages, excursions and covid testing! JUST BOOK THIS PLACE! YOU WONT REGRET IT.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hola. Colin here. Thanks for for forgiving us for no AC in your room. We try and make that clear which ones have it and which ones don't. But I can see how easy it would to overlook this. Our goal is to have AC in all rooms, but larger upgrades are needed t facilitate this. When we built the rooms, having AC was not possible as electric service was not adequate and back then they only built in wood. Nice to hear about Selva in our tour company. She is new. Duly noted. Cheers, Colin.
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Dan R wrote a review Jun 4
Yellow Springs, Ohio12 contributions1 helpful vote
Great place! Great people, the staff goes above and beyond to help!!Close enough to town to get there easily but far enough away to be quiet. Definitely a perfect place for a family reunion. 50 yards to a quiet beach. Beach bar. Great grounds.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thanks, Dan. I never get tired of hearing about our staff. I think they are great. We strive for "progress, not perfection". Each year, I feel we have gotten a bit better. Cheers, Colin.
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Robin Stevens wrote a review Jun 3
Portland, Oregon1 contribution
The staff and owners at Banana Azul are professional and friendly and pay attention to so many details. I was a solo traveler on my most recent trip and each day I looked forward to my return to my beautiful comfortable room and to the smiles and friendliness of the staff. I rented a car for a few days and I thought it was worth it to be able to independently explore from Cahuita to Manzanilla. So many wonderful places to see and things to do. I went during rainy season, which was perfect for me. I loved listening to the sounds of the rainforest in the rain, and the overcast beach was perfect for me. My one piece of advice for another traveller is don't neglect to use the bug spray when you sit down at the beach. I did, and I've got lots of little sand flea bites to show for it.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Hola Robin. Thanks for your fabulous review. Sorry to hear abut sand fleas. Certain times of the year they are active. I still can not figure out these times or conditions that make them active. I only know they are there when customers say something. Me... I think my body has built up an immunity, because I never feel them. I hope we can host you again. Cheers, Colin.
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Jos H wrote a review Jun 2
7 contributions1 helpful vote
From the beginning to the end, this hotel has been a fantastic place to stay. Very hospitable staff en the hotel itself is beautifully designed. Many breakfast options including an everyday (fresh prepared) changing menu. This hotel is definitely a must go in this region.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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"A must go in this region". That's an endorsement. We are happy you had a great stay. Cheers, Colin.
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MarRay wrote a review May 2022
Oakland, California1 contribution
Everything about our stay at hotel Banana Azul was fantastic. We connected with many of the excellent staff members including Zindi, Donald, and Jasmine, who made our stay so enjoyable. It was incredible to have the pristine beach right in our backyard, along with an endless supply of excellent food and drinks. A special shout-out to our favorite bartender Donald!! Also, the massages by Michelle are most excellent and I highly recommend everyone who comes here to stay books one. You are placed in a small hut by the beach and can hear the relaxing ocean waves while you get messaged. So lovely. Thank you hotel Banana Azul for an excellent stay in Puerto Viejo!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Hola. It seems our service staff had quite the impact on your stay. Great to hear. Our massage person , Michelle, is a local woman and hails from Cahuita, and we feel so lucky to have her. Thanks for your kind words. Cheers, Colin.
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Katetwot wrote a review May 2022
Lawrence, Kansas12 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed a week by myself. I can't say enough nice things about this hotel and staff. I was able to work while sitting in the bar area with an ocean view; ocean chairs, lounge chairs, and umbrellas facing the sea for guests, lovely pool grounds, restaurant has a little manmade stream running through it that is alive with huge tutles and fish, I saw sloths on the hotel grounds, and there is an incredible, friendly staff! I will come again!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Reading reviews like yours makes my 20 years of work and dedication to this project all worth while. We are always trying to make it better. Thanks so much. Cheers, Colin.
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Hannah T wrote a review May 2022
Greer, South Carolina1 contribution
Easy check-in. Friendly staff. Beautiful grounds with many animals that are easy to spot. My room was spacious & clean. Spectacular sunrises with coffee waiting for us each morning. Totally peaceful with swimmable surf and plenty of lounge chairs for all. This was my second time staying, and I’ll be back again.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Free parking that is safe & convenient. A handy market next door. We wish we had packed some...
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Repeat guests are our favorite. I just hope we can continue to inspire. Thanks so much. Cheers, Colin.
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Rebeca Buel wrote a review May 2022
Honolulu, Hawaii35 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed in May 2022 and had a wonderful time! The staff was friendly, professional and really welcoming. The hotel was clean and parking lot for our car was safe. The AC was cold and much needed after a hot caribbean day. They can help with booking tours and great dinner recommendations at the concierge desk, as well as massages by the beach or in-room at your balcony. Would love to come back if we're so lucky. Pura vida~
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Wow.. An endorsement from a Hawaiian? FYI... My hotel was inspired by a personal trip to Hawaii in 1998. That trip convinced me to quit my job, sell everything and move to the tropics and open a place to help people have fabulous vacations. I never looked back. Thanks Rebecca.
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Mark H wrote a review May 2022
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From check in to check out our stay at Banana Azul was perfect. We totally enjoyed the Kinkaju cabin. It was cozy and complete. Listening to the waves all night was amazing. The staff was like family with us, So professional and honest! My wife accidentally left her purse at our breakfast table and one of the waitresses found us on the beach and returned it to us! We were so grateful to her. Banana Azul will be our first choice when we return to Puerto Viejo. Mark and Jesse
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hola Mark & Jesse. I have said it before and I will never get tired of it. It's wonderful to hear when our staff rises to the occasion. It's your vacation, and it's our responsibility to regard it as sacred. Thanks for your trust and know we will continue to earn it.
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PRICE RANGE
$94 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
banana azul hotel, banana azul puerto viejo
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of LimonPuerto Viejo de Talamanca
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Banana Azul
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Banana Azul?
Nearby attractions include Chocorart (4.8 miles), Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate (2.2 miles), and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita (1.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Banana Azul?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Banana Azul?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Banana Azul?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Banana Azul?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rico, Soulsurfer, and Port Vell.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Banana Azul?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Hotel Banana Azul have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Banana Azul offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Banana Azul?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Catalan.
Does Hotel Banana Azul have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Hotel Banana Azul accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.