My partner and I stayed in the Hotel Banana Azul for the final 5 nights of our recent two week holiday in Costa Rica. We arranged the booking well in advance and, on account of the prompt and helpful advice relating to our itinerary and the exceptional reviews on Trip Advisor, we were expecting great things. However, when we arrived we found that the hotel exceeded even the highest of our expectations!
As it is located just far enough away from the town to maintain a level of peaceful tranquillity, the hotel met our every need perfectly. The beach is only a few meters from the wonderfully landscaped grounds and, if the sand or salt isn’t for you, then the small but beautiful pool will provide some relief from the heat. Whilst basic, the room (one of two ‘Sloth Cabinas’) fulfilled our needs perfectly, and with a balcony possessing both an ocean view and a hammock, it was a perfect place to spend time reading and getting away from all of the stresses of everyday life. However, without air conditioning it did get rather hot at night which, although not a problem for us, is something to consider if you are not so used to/tolerant of such things.
One of the things that really set the Hotel Banana Azul apart from all of the other places we stayed during our trip was the staff. Everyone from the management downwards were incredibly helpful in seeing to our needs, and what’s more they were incredibly sincere in doing so and we could tell that they genuinely wanted us to get the most from our stay. They also seem very happy in their jobs, which although perhaps a little trivial to some, really helped to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere!
Our stay was the perfect end to a perfect holiday and we were very sad to leave. If you are after an escape to a tropical coastal paradise and a taste of the Caribbean culture of Costa Rica then this is definitely the hotel for you! However, if you are after a luxury resort with all of the creature comforts that accompany it then perhaps consider looking elsewhere.
Nick and Steph
Oh and if your in Puerto Viejo the Jaguar Rescue Centre is an absolute must!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 22 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Azul Hotel
- Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
- Hotel Banana Azul Costa Rica/Limon