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New York City, New York
Reviewed 20 July 2011

We made a last minute decision to visit La Paz and went on this site to look at hotels. From all that we saw this looked like a good choice and were we amazed. The hotel is quaint with a wonderful setting, the the staff was amazing. I have never been made to feel more like family and so well...

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Berkeley, California
Reviewed 18 July 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Buena Vista twice during our recent family vacation to Costa Rica. The staff there faithfully met us at the airport, which was a nice way to start the trip. We stayed in a Luxury Villa for the first part of our trip and were blown away by how nice, peaceful and comfortable it was. When...

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 18 July 2011

Now that I read the other reviews placed here, I think we should have complained about our room at the Buena Vista, but we were only staying there for a short period and I hate to complain! We arrived quite late in the evening after a long stressful drive from Ostional, we found ourselves in a room at the very...

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Flossmoor, Illinois
Reviewed 10 July 2011

Costa Rica is a beautiful country with so many choices of things to do. Unfortunately, many of them involve 4-5 hour road trips, which will provide spectacular scenic views, but many opportunities for car sickness. Flying in to Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, taking a 15-20min shuttle to Hotel BuenaVista, and daytripping from there to Poas, Irazu, coffee plantations, San Jose,...

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Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 10 July 2011

A nice and clean hotel which is the best choice for your arrival in San Jose as it is very good located in the mountains over SJA and comes along with very friendly and good service orientated stuff. Rooms are clean but could need as the rest of the hotel and restaurant some new decoration. The tours you can do...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 4 July 2011

The location near the airport (but not near enough to hear the planes) is great for a last night/early flight place, or to get to easily for a rest stop after an overnight flight. I've stayed here first and last nights on two Costa Rica trips, many do just that. They do airport transportation (but see below). The view of...

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Alvarado
Reviewed 26 June 2011

If you need a place to stay close to the airport in San Jose try the Hotel Buena Vista. It is located above the city on a coffee plantation. They have a free shuttle that will pick you up or take you to the airport. The hotel is VERY clean and also quiet. The grounds are beautiful and have a...

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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 16 June 2011

We had a lovely stay at the Buena Vista Hotel! The food was great, the room was comfortable, clean, roomy, and the grounds we very well kept. The staff were very friendly and helpful!!

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Brunswick, Maine
Reviewed 26 May 2011

My 2 college-aged sons and I spent 2 nights at the Buena Vista before flying home from Costa Rica. We chose it for its proximity to the airport (and free airport shuttle) and because the boys wanted to go ziplining before leaving CR and this activity was possible from the Buena Vista. It turned out to be a perfect choice....

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 24 May 2011

The view was lovely, the food was tasty, the room was comfortable, and the staff was really nice and helpful. It took a long time to get a ride from the airport would be my only complaint.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Multilingual Staff
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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: $181 - $291 (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
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
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