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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As the title states, this hotel literally has the best bed I've ever slept in, probably in my entire life. Sadly we only stayed a night, it's pretty close to San Jose airport so was great to get to in under an hour after a day of travelling! The Aztec style design of our room was really cool too. The...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

You made our day with your excellent review of our hotel. After reading your comments, did two things, measured the depth of the mattresses which is 11 inches or 27 cm. and decided to spend nights in the hotel to have a better bed than at home. We hope to see you again, and that you can stay longer. Ed

Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice green hotel we stayed at before heading to SJO. Room was clean and quiet. Hotel has great views of the city below and is a short drive to Poas Volcano. Staff was very friendly and property is gated.

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write a review of our hotel. You pointed out the key points that our hotel has, immaculately clean rooms, friendly people, tranqulity, and excellent views from a mountain top. We also have beds with a mattresses about a foot deep, a chef who prepares excellent food, modern decor, along with free breakfast and...

London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had booked this hotel as a first night stay in our trip to Costa Rica - we really could have stayed longer. The staff was very pleasant and super helpful - I could not believe the extent they went to help me with my rental car booking and trip planning (with no vested interest) The free drop off and...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our hotel. When people visit a foreign country, they appreciate locals who help them make decsiones that will facilitate their stay and avoid pitfalls that can fall to the unwary traveler. We know this, and make it a point of management to have our staff do whatever they can to be of assistance to...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spacious villa was good value. Breakfast was delicious, and service was friendly. The pool always had plant debris in it and kept us from going in. The beds were super soft, and my husband and I kept rolling into the center. Unfortunately, it was the worst night of sleep for me in 14 days. Pretty location with views and with...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. Costa Rica experiences the trade winds this time of year which are quite strong. There are bougainvilleas and numerous other flowers on one side of the pool. The winds blow leaves into the pool which we clean frequently. That being said doesn't excuse us. As for the mattresses, they are...

Charlottesville, Virginia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first time in Costa Rica and Hotel Buena Vista made it a hit. The Villas are very comfortable with an incredible view and bed, sitting area and shower. The breakfast is wonderful and the grounds are stunning. The staff is the best part; ready to help and make things great and the shuttle rides and tour help made the...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

We remember your visit with affection. What you didn't mentioned is that we didn't have a good TV picture in your villa, and your husband explained the technical details of what was wrong so we could have it fixed. We are happy that you had a good visit, and we hope you will visit us again. Ed Pratt

Calgary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The views are nice, at least from the grounds and some of the rooms around back (our room looked over the front parking lot with some hills in the background, nothing special). The rooms are large, clean and nicely appointed. But it stops there. Most of the service staff seemed overwhelmed from the front desk to the restaurant. The restaurant...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Manager at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Dear JimBCalgary Thank you very much for your review, You are right our rooms and view are beautifull, overlooking the central valley, unfortunately not all our rooms have the view to the central valley but as you pointed the room that you had, you can see the mountain of Poas volcano and the coffee plantations that souround the hotel area....

Sacramento, California
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Staff was friendly and helpful. Room conditions were a little shabby. Make sure you check the windows to make sure they lock. We were initially given an upgrade to a villa on the ground floor with a great view. We asked to be moved because several of the windows did not lock.

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our hotel. Our hotel was completely remodeled in the last few years. The rooms are modern and immaculately clean. As for locking the windows, the hotel is very secure so doesn't have nor need locks on the windows. My house is next door. There are no locks on the windows, and we haven't had...

Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a great hotel, we've been back now several times. The hotel is close to the airport (about 20 minutes away) and is a great jumping-off spot for other Costa Rica destinations. Most recently I was here for a few nights before travelling to Arenal for my wedding. Pros: 1. GREAT staff, management & owner- super friendly Costa Rican...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Hi, We are pleased that you like our hotel and visit us when you come to Costa Rica. We appreciate your showing other guests the advantages and disadvantages that you have observed in our hotel. The hotel is at an altitude of nearly 4,000 feet and is therefore cool at night. The pool cools off with the temperature. In the...

Appleton, Wisconsin
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Very clean with some of the most comfortable beds I've ever been in. Our family of four had a 3 bed "junior suite" in the hotel proper our first night which was a cozy spot to wait out the hurricane. Next 2 nights were in a villa with a fabulous balcony overlooking the lights of San Jose in the valley...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing our hotel. The features that distinguish Hotel Buena Vista from others are the spectacular views which you point out. 23% of the check is made up of tax and tip which taken together make the meal cost seem high. Our menu as you point out is classic in the sense that we serve typical...

Ocean Bay Park, New York
Reviewed 5 November 2016

My family and I booked a night at Buena Vista because we needed to have a lay over between our arrival at the San Jose airport and a long drive to our final destination in Dominical. We also needed to purchase a vehicle for our long stay in Costa Rica. My plan was to arrive at the hotel, go to...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Especially vaue this review because it was written by guests who have visited our hotel for fifteen years. The main point of the commentary is the service by the manager and personnel of the hotel. Appreiate those remarks because service is the most important characteristic of any hotel. We strive always to provide for the regular services and for the...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Buena Vista

Address: Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: $189 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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Also Known As:
Buena Vista Hotel
Buena Vista Alajuela
Hotel Buena Vista Costa Rica/Alajuela
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#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
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