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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family first stayed here in 2005 and it quickly became our favorite airport hotel. It is located only 9 kilometers from the SJO airport but up high, above the noise of the city and airport and the hotel had personality, unlike the major chain hotels. The staff MADE the beautiful hotel. They were courteous and fun. Our sons, now...

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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This nice hotel is about 20 minutes from the airport. Hotel staff will pick you up from the airport or take you there for free (just a small tip for the driver). Our room was small but comfortable. The hotel is very quiet. Breakfast is included and very good.

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

Thank you for reviewing our hotel. We like to be of service to our guests ,and that includes picking them up or taking them to the airport. Tips are not mentioned in our vans, and are not promoted by the hotel. Ed

israel
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hotel Buena Vista is located in a tiny village a few kilometers from Alajuela, which is a few kilometers outside of San Jose. It’s a lovely hotel with lovely views and a very helpful staff. The hotel will provide you with a free shuttle to and from the airport. Our only complaint was the weak water pressure in the shower.

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

Thank you for writing a review of our hotel. Thanks also for telling us about not having enough water pressure in the shower. We are checking all the rooms, and will correct the problem. We are in a small village called las Pilas. Pilas in Spanish means sinks or a small batteries. Maybe you can help us find out which...

Glencoe
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here at the beginning and end of our birding group program. The hotel is beautiful, and the staff are very friendly. They offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. The rooms are large, clean, and the beds are very comfortable. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and the view of the Central Valley and volcanos is awesome....

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

Thank you for your review. We receive a number of birding groups, and for that reason have done a number of sightings of birds to see how many and of what kinds there are on the property. We have recorded over a hundred species of birds. The manager is interested in birds, and when time permits gives tours to guests.Some...

Brighton
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is conveniently situated about 20 minutes from the airport. Our room was large with a nice balcony, and the bathroom had a large shower area. The bed was really comfortable, but the sheet had holes in it. The chicken and steak we had for dinner were both good. Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, toast, cake, fresh...

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

Thank you for your review. You have told us something that never heard before, and hope that never hear again. Always considered the hotel to be somewhat holy because we are across the street from the church. We are now better known as the hole sheet hotel. Thanks for letting us know. Ed

Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for a night at the beginning and end of our holiday in Costa Rica because it was less than 30 minutes from the main international airport. For that purpose it was perfect- transfers to and from the airport were included, easily arranged and worked seamlessly. But that does it a disservice because it offers so much more....

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

Thank you for your review. You have detailed the salient features of the hotel. Our purpose is to make the hotel so enjoyable that guests will feel that they had a good time here, and would like to come back. The spectacular views of the central valley are especially wondersome at night when one can see thousands of lights in...

uk
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used one of the lodges. These are enormous and have a large balcony which have views out over the valley where San Jose sprawls. You do have to look through the trees to get a clear view but it is nice to be above the noise and bustle of the city. It is just off the steep road going...

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

Thank you very much for your review. The hotel restaurant doesn't face the valley. We have tables outside outside on the patio facing the pool and flowers. where guests can be served. The food is good. A safe would be helpful as you point out. We do have a company safe available at the reception for guests. Like your comment...

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just spent five days at Hotel Buena Vista. Our stay was perfect in all respects. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. The staff was helpful and friendly. The grounds were beautiful and birding on site was great.

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

Thank you for writing the review. For us it is very important that our guests appreciate our efforts. That means that we try to keep our property in best conditions. The birding here is great as you know. We have found many species by the coffee trail also the rubber tree attracts birds. They are not easy to find in...

Pinckney, Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started & ended our Costa Rica stay here. They pick you up at airport and take you back, included in your room price. Beautifully well kept & comfortable hotel with beautiful views and landscaping. Most importantly thier staff is genuinely friendly and helpful. It can be one stop shopping for all your tours and transportation. Beds are incredibly comfortable...

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

Thank you very much for your review we apreciate, our hotel has an amazing view to the central valley, the rooms are clean and the beds are very comfortable, our staff is friendly and helpfull in all the ways. hope to see you again in the future. Saludos Cordiales Harlem

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Hotel Buena Vista the night before our flight out of Costa Rica and were wishing we could stay longer! From the first time I was in contact with the staff there when figuring out travel plans, I was so impressed with their professionalism & exceptional customer service. Everyone was so incredibly friendly and really seemed to go...

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

Thank you for taking your time to review our hotel. A salient point of your commentary was the closeness of the hotel to the airport. There is one major highway that goes from the airport to San José and hotels more distant. That highway has a bridge of two lanes to San José and two from San José to 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: $168 - $367 (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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“No elevator to second floor.”
 of 5 bubbles ChgoCookie, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room 3 was nice”
 of 5 bubbles DaveDee, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Worth paying for a garden view room with balcony if you're staying for more than just a night's sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles IanC466, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Go for a suite if you can!”
 of 5 bubbles OregonGirl2017, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“No elevator to second floor. Also, there are cabins. We had room 23 with a balcony overlooking the Central Valley”
 of 5 bubbles sebastianb256, 27 Jan 2017 | Read review
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