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New York City, New York
Reviewed 19 April 2013

My husband and I did not stay at Banana Azul, but rented a house a few door down. We did eat lunches and dinners here as well as spent some beautiful lazy days on the beach. The beach is beautiful. Exactly what you would expect to find in paradise. Comfortable lounge chairs, picturesque lapalapa's and a drink service on the...

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glebe sydney
Reviewed 18 April 2013

All the previous reviews are totally correct. Its like you are an old family friend The owners have created a wonderful lifestyle and are happy to share. We couldn't get our first choice of room for the first night and stayed in Sloth 2. beautifully decorated with flyscreens everywhere and a lovely big ceiling fan....I would have been happy but...

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Lisbon, Portugal
Reviewed 17 April 2013

Well decorated rooms. Attention to some detail... some. Like most hotels in Costa Rica at the moment amenities and service aren't part of the detail. The foreign employees such as Jeff were outstanding. The local staff were indifferent and made you feel not welcomed. No smiles or hellos. Just the side eye. Has great potential and could have been a...

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

We are sorry you feel that way about our hotel and local staff. I would take your critique more seriously if the feelings you had for our staff were a reoccurring theme in our reviews. However, the feedback we get is the total opposite. On the subject of staff and service, I have had an interesting observation over the years....

Hamlin, New York
Reviewed 15 April 2013

We stated for 3 nights at the Banana Azul in the Red Frog room. We were tucked away in a private corner of the hotel with our very own private back porch and personal swimming pool (for late night dips). The front porch included table, chairs, rocking chair and a nice big hammock. We also had a resident orange male...

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 April 2013

My friend and I stayed at BA for 2 nights in 'Sloth Room 1'. We'd heard bad things about Puerto Viejo and the surrounding area, so it was originally just a stop-over point on the way to Panama. BA turned out to be a gem and really surprised us! It's the *perfect* place to relax and use as a base...

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Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 12 April 2013

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,...

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Virginia Beach, VA
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Stayed here 6 nights with our daughter for her college spring break. Shared one room - one double, one twin ( not a roll away). The porch with hammock and table and chairs was a great place to read, photograph birds and look for sloths in the trees. The gardens are beautiful, the food was great, and the drinks were...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Clean rooms - paper thin walls - unlimited hot water. Nice and mellow - beautiful grounds all the way to the beach! Boutique - right next to the ocean and hidden in the jungle. The best bartender in Costa Rica - great mojitos. Great Food My only complaint......BLACK SAND - looks like dirt.

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South River, New Jersey
Reviewed 9 April 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and what a pleasure it was!! Everything was perfect. We stayed in the second floor, which did get noisy at times; however, it did not bother us as we were out in the town for all three nights. It was wonderful the sleep with the doors open and fall asleep to...

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

Thanks very much for your positive review. I appreciate that despite you valid issue regarding chairs on the beach, that you did not let it ruin your stay. I know it would be awkward, but if you had mentioned it to us, we could of possibly made a couple available. But, I would probably react the same way not wanting...

Redcliff, Canada
Reviewed 6 April 2013

Other reviews have very accurate and well worded physical descriptions of Banana Azul so I will skip that in this review. For my wife and I, Banana Azul was exactly what we were looking for. It is an oasis of comfort, relaxation, warmth (the atmosphere) and welcoming in a 'yet to be developed' (from a tourism perspective) area of Costa...

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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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 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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Address: Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: $105 - $323 (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 Family Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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