I choose this place due to all the other wonderful trip advisor reviews as was not dissapointed. I ended up staying in two rooms as I extended my stay. Both room 2 and 4 were comfortable and offer a view of the ocean (the building is at a slight angle so at the end of the balcony all rooms get an ocean view). Room 2 had a better shower but room 4 had a better wall mounted fan, otherwise they were almost identical. If you can afford it, just based on glimpses, I would recommend room 1 (howler room) as this one has by far the best view (and a bath).
The staff throughout were all great, nothing was too much trouble and no question too stupid. The tour company on site are also very well organized and book most transfers and tour last minute.
The only con, and it's nothing the hotel could address, is that being a black sand beach it gets very hot in during the day and to take a dip in the ocean requires a good run (or feet that feel like they are burning). If you aren't able to run, don't want to wear shoes into the ocean and really want to swim in salt water rather than the pool I would advise looking for some place on one of the white sand beaches.
- 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