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Golden Valley, MN
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

So there's a lot of bad reviews, and we went anyway, because the friend of ours was craving for something non Costa Rican and Asian. I'm Chinese and had serious doubts about the quality of food in the only chinese restaurant in this area...how good could it be with no competition around? Well, it wasn't bad, which was surprising (ergo...

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Texas
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

After three days of eating traditional Costa Rican food we were ready for a break and drove by this "Chinese" restaurant and decided to give a try. As I forgot to recharge my phone I was unable to check reviews until later. My bad! First we were the only people here during lunch, which worried us. The food that arrived...

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Reviewed 9 August 2015

This is by far the worst place to stay. The Chinese owners don't care and offer no service whatsoever. We couldn't get so much as a towel without an eye-roll, and is clear that they have no concept of customer service. The beds are uncomfortable and the rates exorbitant. I guarantee they get few repeat customers.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

never had such a tasteless chinese dish so far. adding some more soy sauce made it possible to eat. woul not go there again. when mentioning the low level of the food, the waitress barely reacted at all...there was only a quick "ok".

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Reviewed 19 October 2014 via mobile

I will never ever visit this place again, the Chinese girl treated me like she did not care if I stayed or not. I went to the restaurant and the same girl (she's the owner) gave me the worst service ever. I told her she was treating me like if my money was not valued, and she just simply did...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 16 October 2014

Having eaten lots of meat, rice, beans and plantain, we decided we need more veggies so we figured Chinese food would do the trick. Being the only ones in there should have been the first clue, but your not spoiled for choice for Asian food in LF. Now I cannot pinpoint the exact food that, has had me down with...

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Salt Lake City, Utah
Reviewed 31 May 2014

For the $40 dollars the value was average. The downside was that it is on a very busy road that heads out of town towards Vulcan Arenal, and the windows were a Jalousie type and provided no noise reduction come 6 AM. On the positive side the large bathroom and HOT water was a luxury after a couple of days...

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Detroit, Michigan
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We had originally arranged to stay at the backpackers hostel across the street, but we didn't make it to town until 8 pm and so our reservation there was cancelled. The backpackers hostel helped us arrange a stay at the Pura Vida hotel, where we stayed for two nights. The room smelled very strongly of cheap chemical cleaner which gave...

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2013 via mobile

We were placed here for one night as our original hotel was fully booked. as we had been travelling all day the bed was much welcomed. the shower is hot and quite powerful, and the bed was comfortable enough. we ate at the restaurant below and the portion sizes are very generous and good value for money. only downside is...

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Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 20 December 2012

The hotel seems to be renovated not long ago. Our room was spotless with big bathroom and hot shower, wifi, tv, ac. Very good price, breakfast not included. We have pay 35 $ for double room. We had a dinner here, it was huge porcion of chinese vegetarian food.

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Address: | 300 Meters West of the Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Number of rooms: 124
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Pura Vida Hotel & Restaurant Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
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