I feel inclined to write this review as it is 8 AM and I've been listening to minor repairs in the trend of hammering, sawing and screwing for the past hour. Couple that with the managers inability to move a large group of conversing French tourists from directly beside my window to a more 'convenient' place leaves me thinking this establishment is an absolute shambles.
Banana Azul is situated on a main streets in the beautiful Antigua and will be one of the first hostels you may encounter when walking from the bus station/market. It prides itself on being cheap and clean - it achieves the former but fails miserably in the latter. The thick layer of dust in the bathrooms made me wonder whether they had been cleaned since the last eruption - not that this mattered though, as the hostel didn't actually have running water for two of the days. Not ideal when you come back from trekking around town or up the nearby volcano.
The 35 quetzals and prime location do make it an attractive alternative to the nearby Jungle Party Hostel (quote 70 quetzals) and The Terrace Hostel (quote 60 quetzals). However if you cherish your sleep and like enjoying basic hygienic comforts then I recommend you look elsewhere.
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- Banana Azul provides top notch service to our clients to ensure they have a wonderful stay! We have a beautiful garden, clean rooms, towel service, concierge service, airport transportation, tours, a wonderful housekeeper and chef, and fantastic clients. Banana Azul is under new ownership and management as of 1 August 2012 and we are here to make your trip to Antigua the best possible! Stop by and say hello at Banana Azul Hostel, bar, and grill! ... more less
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