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Hotel Banana Azul

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Cloverdale, California
Reviewed 25 January 2014

My wife and I stayed here during our stay in Puerto Viejo. The place is a 20-30min walk from town which means it is quite at night and no traffic or barking dogs nearby. We rented bikes one day and rode to Playa Uva which was great. The staff is really great and the owner is very friendly, he had...

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2014

We had mixed feelings about our stay at Banana Azul - some aspects were great and others disappointing. Like a reviewer below we thought it would be most helpful to list the pros and cons.

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Gecko Adventures has a desk at reception and the staff are brilliant. You can book transfers, surf lessons, adventure activities through them and the...

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2Thank Hannah W
colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations. After reading your review I immediately consulted my front desk staff to find out why these issues were not addressed during your stay. I was saddened to hear that nothing was reported to the desk. We keep a log of customer feedback. I then went to Dolphin Room with...

Laarbeek
Reviewed 15 January 2014

Very nice hotel. Lovely gardens, swimming pool and right on the beach with beachchairs and a bar. Good athmosphere. Lovely staff. Food is very good. The bathroom is although covered open. The bedroom can be closed from the outdoors and has a good fan above the bed. The outside terras is great and a lovely space to relax. Even though...

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colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words. I too am always surprised there are not more bugs. But when people ask me about bugs, I never know what to tell them as I have really no idea what constitutes a lot of bugs. We all would have our own definition around that. I know when I first moved here, I was living...

Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 15 January 2014

The hotel is very beautiful and steps from an equally beautiful beach. The staff is very friendly and responsive to requests. However, there were a few annoying things that kept popping up: (1) Even if you're one of only a couple people sitting at a table in the restaurant, expect to wait twenty minutes before the server will ask you...

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colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Great to hear that despite our shortcomings, you still were very positive about your experience. I checked with desk staff and they wished you had said something during your stay or upon checkout about the hot water. Apparently one other guest complained but, they did not take it too seriously because they were not aware of...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

Had the best time at this hotel. Was only able to book in one night as it was high season. Next time I am in Puerto Viejo I will plan ahead and stay here for the whole trip. Friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms, great pool, great location. Very natural in it's design and makes you feel like you are...

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NJ
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This hotel was nice but I did have a few issues. I'll list the pros first. Beautifully decorated Nice hotel manager who checked us in Nice location Grounds are well kept Bikes to rent Tour company on site Restaurant food is good Cons: Ocean View rooms are cute, but the bed is small and mosquito net (which you will need)...

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colinsito, Owner at Hotel Banana Azul, responded to this review

Hola Katie. Glad to hear that despite your constructive feedback, that you still thought we were best place. We have a motto here "We strive for Progress, not perfection". In countries like this, it's just it possible. We will look into what we can do about your suggestions. The only one we can not is the cat. Manchas and Macho...

Midwest
Reviewed 5 January 2014

I had the pleasure of staying at Banana Azul for the third year in a row. The improvements that have been done make it an even better place to stay. The shade huts on the beach are wonderful. It makes it better to be able to alternate between the shade and sun to be able to stay on the beach...

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 3 January 2014

I loved the feel of Banana Azul! Waking up every morning to the beautiful-kept gardens and the ocean view. I recommend the Ocean View rooms as they are affordable and have wonderful balconies. I will say that I carefully researched this hotel prior to reserving with them. This is not the hotel for people who want an air-conditioned room with...

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San Francisco Bay Area
Reviewed 2 January 2014

My husband and I stayed here for about 13 days in November 2013. I couldn't decide whether to add to so many reviews already... but why not, maybe some people may find it useful. We generally enjoyed our stay here. It is a beautiful place with nice people. In this review, I don't mean to complain, really... but wanted to...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is my 3rd year in a row to visit Banana Azul. Each year it is better. We stay in the Sloth cabinas with friends in the next room it is well designed and has a big balcony looking at the Carribean. The breakfast is wonderful. They will cook to order eggs and the best toast. They also have a...

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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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 

Additional Information about Hotel Banana Azul

Address: Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: RM316 - RM645 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Banana Azul 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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Also Known As:
Banana Azul Hotel
Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
Hotel Banana Azul Costa Rica/Limon
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#1 Family Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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“they have a suite for four, but it is far away from the hotel itself, and one room is tiny”
FiorellaVD, 19 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Highly recommend staying in the villas for the ultimate in comfort, space, privacy, and amenities.”
110mattm, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“No air conditioning in the Howler suite - but large useful fan. The view made up for that minor inconvenience!”
DemBones4, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“don't go with the sloth cabins. They are noisy.”
carip2016, 2 Apr 2017 | Read review
“The hotel is great.”
MarkMel2, 31 Mar 2017 | Read review
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