This place is beautiful no doubt. It is quite new and is kept very clean. The decor was amazing, the staff was great and the bartender, Franklin, was one of the best ever. I decided to stay here because of this site, but I wish I had read more about it. I gave it a 4 star rating because I enjoyed my stay overall. I just want to make sure everyone reading this knows everything about it.
They put in a jacuzzi and pool recently but the jacuzzi isn't heated so nobody uses it. The bed we had was the worst bed I think I have ever slept on. We were in the Dolphin Suite. Our neighbor told me his was really bad too. The water pressure there was almost nothing so if anyone was showering while you were or a toilet flushed then the water almost disappeared. (This might not be Banana Azul's fault but I am just telling you what I dealt with.) The towels seemed like they were bought at a yard sale being all different colors and sizes and quality. The chairs in the main area looked nice but were not very comfortable.
What saves this place though is the location, the decor, the food and the service. If it wasn't for those things I think I would have left after 1 night. Now I wasn't looking for the nicest place in the world but most of what I listed above are simple fixes outside of the jacuzzi. But come on who builds a jacuzzi without the ability to heat it?!?!
- 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