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Pura Vida Hotel

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 29 May 2011

This was one of the best hotels I've ever been to. You show-up and are greeted warmly by not only the owner, but his big german shepards (sweetest dogs ever..little kids could hang on their ears and I don't think they'd even flinch). I went in large group, and stayed one night at one end of our trip, and two...

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Bliss, Michigan, USA
Reviewed 20 May 2011

Terrific hosts, creative and fun spirit, the owners and concierge are clearly putting their heart and soul into making this a special place.

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New York
Reviewed 19 May 2011

We all loved our stay at Pura Vida. We stayed in the Katydid Casita, which fit our family of 6 just fine. My sons LOVED the garden and the hammock. They felt very much at home, and hated to leave to head to the next destination. We found Berni and Nhi to be great hosts, and really liked the personal...

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Sacramento, California
Reviewed 24 April 2011

We stayed two nights at Pura Vida. We loved the atmosphere. The first night was after our long flight from the US so we just relaxed on the patio and listened to the birds. We opted to have dinner here both nights. Reservations are required. The dinner was absolutely WONDERFUL (as was the included breakfast). Our room was a two...

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review . . . and Sterling also appreciates the comments. Certification is required of guides in Costa Rica and, of course, Sterling is a certified naturalist guide and also takes classes every month on topics like Orchids and Volcanoes to gain extra knowledge. We appreciate your thoughts, best wishes, Berni Manager

Evanston, Illinois
Reviewed 21 April 2011

Our last night in Costa Rica was happily spent at the Pura Vida Hotel. Our hosts went out of their way to treat us like family. Of unexpected pleasure, we were invited to dine with Ne and Bernie, at a local restaurant. Spending the evening in their fascinating company was so appreciated! Our casita was immaculately clean and comfortable. Sadly,...

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Burlingame, California
Reviewed 13 April 2011

We really enjoyed the beautiful garden, delicious food, and the causal atmosphere. A very convenient place to spend your first night in Costa Rica after a long flight, or your last night before flying out.

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Orleans, Massachusetts
Reviewed 11 April 2011

My husband and I stayed at Pura Vida for several nights at the start of our Costa Rica vacation -- and it was among the highlights of the 10-day trip. Only a brief taxi ride from the international airport, innkeepers Berni and Nhi have created a tiny paradise: lush garden, exquisite butterflies and birdsong, orchids everywhere. Our room (Mariposa cottage,...

1Thank NancyBmillvalley_CA
Reviewed 10 April 2011

Let me just preface this review with the statement that San Jose is nuts! Less than 15 minutes from the airport is a slice of Paradise that is the real Costa Rica. Forget San Jose! At Pura Vida you come expecting a nice place based on Trip Advisor but you get so much more! Berni and Nhi have created a...

1Thank Flwaterbaby
Bellingham, Washington
Reviewed 9 April 2011

We began our Central American adventure at The Pura Vida and could not have been happier. My teenage daughter did not want to leave and took photos of everything before I could pry her away- lovely (and clean and unique) room, tropical garden, charming restaurant/breakfast terrace, private hammock, etc. Since we arrived on a Friday, we went on the optional...

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Harrisburg, PA
Reviewed 7 April 2011

This is our 3rd time staying at the Pura Vida Hotel and as the first two, this one was superb, right down to the gi-normous breakfast before we left for the airport We finished the breakfast nonetheless. We stayed in the Volcano Room (our favorite) and had a wonderful evening with an excellent bottle of Berni's wine. We were sadly...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Pura Vida Hotel is located 4km north of the SJO International airport - we provide a free taxi pickup for international arrivals. Breakfast is included and an excellent dinner is available with reservations (or late meals for late arrivals). Touring services include car rentals delivered here, private vans and as much touring advice as you wish - we are experts on Costa Rica. We have arrangements with Toyota Car Rental for deals on car rentals. Our idea is simply that this is a place we would like to stay at when we travel. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pura Vida Hotel

Address: | Just 4km North of the International Airport, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: $118 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela
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“some of the rooms have outdoor sitting areas”
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“Rooms are arranged to maximize privacy and all appear to be very nice.”
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“All rooms are nice. The casitas with kitchettes are the best for more than a night's stay.”
 of 5 bubbles tucsonm2016, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Volcano has a lovely sunset view and very private”
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“All rooms are very private and look out over the gorgeous gardens”
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