This was the absolute worst vacation I have ever had to endure in my life. My vacation was ruined by several factors at the Banana Azul, but mostly, the owners of the inn,were totally unprofessional and they completely violated my privacy. Beware! I caught one of the owners in my room when I returned to the Banana Azul one day. He had let himself into my room and he had opened the safe was rummaging through my personal items. When I caught him he said he was "changing the locks" to the safe. I've never felt so violated in my life. All my personal things (passport, money, plane tickets, etc.) were in there. I could've never imagined that something like that would happen at a place like that--especially since I spent so much on the room for the week. I tried to cancel my reservation for the remainder of the week after that incident, but Colin and Roberto wouldn't let me and I was stuck paying for the entire week when I felt like I was in jail. So, basically, I spent the rest of my vacation imprisoned in Blue Banana Hell; it was a nightmare--so horrible I wouldn't wish that experience on my worst enemy.
I warn you; if you don't want a completely horrible vacation experience, then avoid Banana Azul like you would avoid the plague. I certainly would've preferred the latter.
- 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