No need to reiterate what others have said about Banana azul. I'm one of those fortunate people who rarely gets bitten by mosquitos. There were a lot in the room, though. The hotel provides bug repellent that plugs in (kinda like the glade deodorizers). Although I saw the mosquitos I wasn't bitten by any. A thin layer of bug repellent at night should do the trick. Although it was hot during the day, it cools off significantly at night. For me, the best part about my stay was the ease of scheduling and paying for tours. Nina was extremely helpful. I was even able to book a hotel reservation in La Fortuna, as i was spending 2 nights there, and Nina booked the reservation, the volcano and hot springs excursionis, and billed everything to my banana azul account. I didn't have to worry about checking in at the other hotel, everything was paid for. It was GREAT.
The public areas were also immaculate. The staff was constantly cleaning.
In puerto viejo, i guess i didn't look hard enough, but i found the food to be a little pricier than expected. I paid about $10 for lunch. Im told, however, that there are spots where the locals go that are much cheaper.
The only thing that freaked me out were the bats. I went for a walk around dusk in the forest just behind the hotel, and as the sun fell, swarms of bats emerged. They're harmless I'm told, just a little creepy.
The zipline tour and the whitewater rafting on the pacuare were the highlights of my stay. Well worth the fees.
- 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