Even though we only stayed at BA for 2 days, we found that the amenities, staff and impeccable fit and finish of the place to be outstanding. It is obvious here that attention to detail is of utmost importance - it is evident in the incredible attention to detail in the fit and finish of the rooms and manicured landscaping. Originally we had booked our entire stay here but they were booked solid and only had 2 nights were available to us on the week we were in CR. However, Casa Las Brisas b & b was next door which booked through them that was very nice. CLB had full access to all the BA amenities and it turned out to be a really nice experience. The staff was very helpful , attentive , and friendly - having Gecko Trail Adventures "integrated" at BA is a win / win situation. From transportation arrangements to / from San Jose to having top notch tour / activity service, When you get to BA, knowing that there is an outfit like Gecko Trail on site only adds to the relaxation factor in my opinion. They take the guesswork out activity planning and transportation arrangements and are highly revered by BA and anyone else we mentioned them to in Puerto Viejo during our stay). After an [--] beating of a travel day and tacking on a 4 hour drive from San Jose - this is a good thing.
Folks need to understand that there are no TVs here and AC in only a few rooms - if this is a priority for you then BA is not for you. If you want to disconnect (there is wifi) in a peaceful, awesome slice of paradise and soaking in the simpler things in life, this is the place. The food and drinks are fantastic here - the location can't be beat. You are right no the beach and only 20 minutes away from town. You can either walk down the beach right into town or take advantage of bike rentals available there like we did, which in my opinion, was one of the funnest aspects of our stay.
Bottom line is, Banana Azul has everything wrapped up in one place and they do everything right. You can't go wrong with booking your stay here!!!
- 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