Had a enjoyable 4 night stay at Banana Azul, and can now heartily agree with all the positive reviews. A beautiful beach steps from the hotel. Great, filling food in the restaurant at good prices. Coffee service on the beach at 5:30am (huge bonus points for this). Friendly staff all around, Christian, David, Roberto, Silver et al. Bar service also on the beach; more bonus points for chilled coconuts brought around late morning. Always a friendly and protective dog to sit with you on the beach or take a walk with you. Lush gardens and a nicely sized pool, not to mention all the wonderful birds and the sloth hanging out right above the chairs on the beach.
Fantastic rooms ~ I stayed 1 night in the Howler Suite and 3 in the newly remodeled Red Frog Room. The Howler Suite had an excellent breeze, lovely view of the beach, huge bathroom w/jacuzzi tub, and very generous deck; the Red Frog was brand spanking new and they did a thoughtful and creative remodeling job. The Red Frog now has 2 large ceiling height doorways that lead to your own garden area, an additional door leading from the bathroom, a/c (which was nice to have at night) and a tv (which I didn't use). The patio remains as it was - large with several seating arrangements, a table and your own koi pond. Sealing the deal was an orange tabby, the friendliest cat I have come across.
Colin the owner is a delight to talk with and obviously cares about each individual enjoying their stay. If you are looking for a very reasonably priced hotel to stay at, with beach at your doorstep and more challenging activities close by, I would not hesitate to recommend Banana Azul. Cheers!
- 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