I stayed at Banana Azul with my boyfriend for a week last week. I booked this hotel after pouring through the reviews for this and the other hotels in this area and I had very high expectations. I am happy to report that the hotel and staff exceeded all that I had hoped for.
We stayed in the Dolphin room, an end room with a wrap around balcony. The room was spotless, the wood the hotel is made of glowed with warmth, the deck and hammock were perfect. It was wonderful to fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean and jungle. The garden and grounds were absolutely immaculate. The beach was beautiful and well kept.
The meals we had at the hotel were very tasty. Breakfast is generous and there are choices every day. We had a couple of dinners there and they were quite good, especially the fish we had the first night we arrived. I had lunch at the hotel a couple of times when I didn't feel like going to town and the selections were very tasty. I didn't really feel like a whole lunch though... While on vacation I prefer to have a breakfast and dinner and just snack lightly during the day instead of a full lunch. I would have loved to be able to purchase a muffin or cheese plate or fruit, just something light to tide me through to evening. It would have been nice to have the option of smaller snacks. I prefer not to keep food in my room in the tropics to avoid attracting bugs, so I didn't have snacks of my own on hand.
I strongly recommend getting out and sampling the fare in the area. There is a lot of great food.
Colin is a gracious host, and his hotel is very well run. He has attracted and retained a wonderful staff from Leo the night guard (what a sweetie) to the fabulous bartenders. Every where you turn is a friendly smile and a laugh. I don't think I've been treated better.
We made several friends with other travelers at the hotel, the layout of the lounge area and bar are such that it is easy to visit with other guests if that is your desire.
Do be sure follow their advice to stay off the beach at night, off of dark roads, etc. The area is no more dangerous that any other tourist destination but, as anywhere, it is important to take extra precaution in an area that you don't know.
I will definitely stay here again if I come back to the Puerto Viejo area.
PS. Don't tell Franklin but AnnyRosa's mojitos are the best!
- 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 fourteen beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans, and free wireless internet. 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. Gecko Trail Adventures tour company 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