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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
  • Paid 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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#1 of 19 hotels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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2020 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
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Diving
Canoeing offsite
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
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Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Catalan
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Mikk0N wrote a review Oct 7
Finland120 contributions24 helpful votes
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A few days at Banana Azul revealed a number of useful services. Such as drinking water supplies for the "satellite" cabins. And at a cost of 12 USD we got the content of a full laundry bag clean back. At the reception there is a desk for booking excursions. Wood was applied beautifully in our room and in the main building. We loved the spacious balcony with hammocks and a view to the Caribbean beach. While sitting in the restaurant, we often admired the garden and the nice looking swimming pool. As for soundproofing, the neighbours' American English came loud and clear to our room. The swimming in the Caribbean was not recommended owing to strong rip currents. The village of Puerto Viejo can be easily reached by foot along the beach. We found the breakfast very good. We travelled before the COVID-19 pandemia.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Keely wrote a review Sep 2020
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Pri, the waitress, was just amazing, she was nice and friendly! The restaurant has a gorgeous beachfront with chairs to chill and relax. As part of the LGBTQIA+ community I felt really safe with my girlfriend, the restaurant has a pool and you can also see fish and turtles while eating your dinner. It was a wonderful experience
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: Amazing style and very inclusive restaurant
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Jack wrote a review Aug 2020
Falmouth, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
Could not be happier with this hotel. The staff were extremely professional yet super friendly and were always stopping for a chat with us. The same can be said for the owner; a friendly gent who had worked so hard to create an amazing property. The grounds were well kept, yet eco friendly. A must for wildlife lovers as the hotel gardens has frequent animal visitors including sloths, birds, frogs and snakes. Food was incredible, a huge shoutout to the chefs... some of the best nachos I’ve had! The hotel sits directly on the beach, with bar to beach service, so you can enjoy a cocktail (or two with happy hour) on the beach. We were fortunate to stay in both the red frog suite and the ocean view room, both of which were fantastic in their own ways. Although the ocean view room does not have A/C (which is clearly mentioned on their website), the sea breeze and two fans in the room were sufficient for us to have a great night sleep. Rustic yet clean Caribbean vibes, and with a great view of the beautiful gardens and sea, we would stay again. Overall, great hotel who made us feel very welcomed and comfortable (which cannot be said for other hotels when a gay couple shows up)
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Terence M wrote a review Aug 2020
San Jose, Costa Rica6 contributions2 helpful votes
I just spent the weekend 7/31/20 to 8/2/20 in the Dolphin room. I have a few things I'd like to point out. In the bathroom: The sink and shower drain were running very slow. I was standing in 2" of water at the end of a 5 minute shower. The faucet that controls the hot water was broken so that the handle would spin w/o shutting off at the stop. It was difficult to find the spot to shut off the water. There is nothing in the room, for starters a coffee pot,(I'm up at 5:30AM so waiting until after 7AM for coffee in the restaurant is very inconvenient) There is not even a plastic cup in the bathroom to use. No little refrigerator.It was hot in the room and being able to have a cold drink of water in the night would have been nice. No screens on any window or doors to keep out those voracious mosquitoes. No AC, but there's a fan with a broken on/off switch. The light bulb outside the room door is of such low wattage that finding the keyhole at night is done by touch only. And who designed the room and bathroom with an opaque, plastic roof panel? Once the sun is up it's 90 degrees in the room. On the plus side the beach is beautiful with lounge chairs to relax. The restaurant is okay and the service good.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Jorge Acosta wrote a review Jul 2020
Heredia, Costa Rica1 contribution1 helpful vote
Beautiful hotel with gorgeous rooms. Amazing staff and delicious cocktails! Perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. Second time in puerto viejo and definitely the best experience so far! Can’t wait to go back!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
$56 - $182 (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 Todo es Posible.
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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel Banana Azul offers an airport shuttle 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.