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Denver CO
Reviewed 24 April 2011

My group of 11 women, age 59-69, wanted to start our trip in Costa Rica in a hotel owned and operated by Costa Ricans in a setting away from the airport. Hotel Buena Vista is a gem of a hotel with wonderful rooms, great service and food. They helped those in our group who arrived a day or two early...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 April 2011

The offer of free transfers to/ from SJO was enough for us to choose this hotel, and given its location (10 minutes outside Alajuela), you can understand why they offer them. The room itself was in need of updating, but more than adequate for our needs - it was comfortable and we slept well. The complimentary breakfast was pretty good,...

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
Reviewed 15 April 2011

My daughter selected this hotel to house foreign guests attending her wedding in Costa Rica. The hotel is very well equipped and for a taste of luxury, try the new villas - they are superb and have beautiful views. The food was excellent and the best part of the HBV is the staff, who made every effort to ensure an...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 11 April 2011

I cannot imagine a better spot to stop over on the way through Costa Rica. We had one night layovers in both directions and stayed at Buena Vista. The staff were exceptional. The hotel is lovely. A short drive from the airport and up in the hills out of the city. A perfect little spot.

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Clinton Township, NJ
Reviewed 1 April 2011

What a lovely hotel with excellent service and a personable and accommodating staff. The views alone made this a highlight of our trip. Next visit we plan on extending our stay in the San Jose area.

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Oneonta, New York
Reviewed 8 March 2011

We'd just spent a week in a tent at Corcovado, and so felt we'd earned a night of gracious living at the end of our vacation. This hotel was luxurious without being stuffy! The restaurant had great food and atmosphere, yet you didn't feel you couldn't relax and be your natural self. And the rooms were sensational! My wife and...

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Longueuil, Canada
Reviewed 4 March 2011

Lovely setting, beautiful gardens, gorgeous view of San José at all times of the day and night! Lovely rooms, staff very gracious. Perfect for visiting Poas.

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 4 March 2011

This hotel was the best in Costa Rica with it´s warm, friendly atmosphere and with it´s phantastic view. The stuff is very friendly and helpful. They are perfect in organizing your tours, renting a car, e.c.t.. The rooms are very clean and pleasant (you feel at home).

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Oakley, California
Reviewed 4 March 2011

I read most of the reviews prior to our family vacation last June, 2010 and was very excited to stay here. When we arrived mid June, we found the hotel nearly empty and the staff hard to find and unwilling to help with anything (exchanging money, driving directions to local volcano, any other place to get a meal, etc.). The...

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

This review poses some interesting thoughts. The writer chose not to write a comment for nine months, and the language resembles another recent review in particular mentioning the hotel´s being nearly empty (with high school students?). We don´t understand why someone would be looking at our site on Trip Advisor nine months later in the first place. We don´t know...

Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 2 March 2011

After three weeks of travelling throughout Costa Rica my wife and I spent a week at the Buena Vista. We were welcomed like family and staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed all the sights and communities - farm markets, volcanoes, farms, gardens and zoos as well as just exploring the countryside in the Central Valley. The view...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • 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 - $368 (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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“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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