Guidebooks & Travel Site Comments
Daily Mail UK – March 2015
"In Puerto Viejo, we stayed at the superb Hotel Banana Azul. This charming hotel, located on the spectacular Playa Negra Beach and only a short walk from the town, boasts 14 spacious rooms, an outdoor pool and an enticing range of scrumptious cocktails.
The tranquil hotel – for over 16s only – is the perfect place to relax and unwind but it also offers a range of tours such as white water rafting and ziplining to satisfy any visitors who have a taste for adrenaline-fuelled activities."
The Tico Times – December 2013
A posh getaway in the Caribbean
"The 14 units run the gamut from a spacious two-bedroom apartment, which the owner originally constructed for himself in 2004, to charming suites and cabinas, some with ocean views, private dipping pools and Jacuzzi tubs. Many of the accommodations also feature balconies (some more private than others) and art depicting local flora and fauna. Hammocks abound."
The Sunday Times of London – October 2011
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CNN GO – July 2011
10 resorts for every type of traveler
Best budget resort: Hotel Banana Azul, Costa Rica
At Hotel Banana Azul, rooms go for as little as US$64 a night but come with balconies, hammocks, views of the ocean, and, in some cases, outdoor baths as well. There’s no air conditioning in rooms, but with a perennial sea breeze wafting through, there’s hardly any need for it.
The 14-room resort, which was built using local hardwood, has its own free-form swimming pool and a Jacuzzi that can fit eight people. Guests regularly rave about the friendly staff and the black sand beach just next to the property.
Travel+Leisure Magazine – March 2010
"World’s Best Affordable Beach Resorts! The Hotel Banana Azul, a 14-room retreat on a black-sand strand, embodies the areaÂ’s laid-back feeling. Bright wood-paneled rooms feature such tropical touches as dangling bromeliad plants and locally made easy chairs. (For $139 a night, upgrade to the Howler Suite, an airy corner room with an outdoor soaking tub and ocean views.) Hammocks are strung under coconut palms – an ideal spot for piña coladas."
Condé Nast Traveler – Apr 2009, Mar 2009 & Sept 2007
"Beach: Water, Water, Everywhere (Mar 2009): Â“Tucked just inside the jungle abutting a striking black sand beach, Hotel Banana Azul offers simple accommodations a mile north of hippie-chic Puerto Viejo. Each of the 12 guest rooms has a sea view, a queen bed, and hardwood floors and walls. Nearby Cahuita National Park is great for snorkeling, while surfers head south for some of the best breaks on the coast."
USA Today – Costa Rica’s Caribbean Vibe – Dec 2008
"Whimsically designed open-air hotel, where the beach breezes, along with the friendly bar and $10 dinners, keep the place full."
Caribizine: Pure Tranquilo on the Black Beach
"A large sigh of satisfaction, ahhhhhhÂ”, is the first thing that comes to mind upon entering the pristine grounds of the Banana Azul hotel. This beautifully landscaped and extremely aesthetically pleasing property was modeled after the owners personal motto of keep it simple. The welcoming entrance flows nicely into the dining and bar area with a sparkling koi and turtle pond guiding the path. It is impossible to miss the glimmer of the pool and jacuzzi from the corner of your eye, as the black sands of Playa Negra call from a short distance ahead. The breathtaking beauty that surrounds Banana Azul, will prove to be just the beginning of your unforgettable stay."
Travel Experta: Adorable & a Must Stay in Puerto Viejo
"Puerto Viejo is probably one of the cutest places to visit on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Its vegetation, tropical jungle, laid-back culture, gorgeous beaches, great surf and peacefulness is making this area a popular hot spot. Amongst the jungle lodges and small hotels, Banana Azul Hotel outshines them all."