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Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've just returned from a 12 day trip to Costa Rica, a trip bookended with stays at the Pura Vida Hotel, located just a quick drive from the airport, and providing a lush, green oasis of privacy and comfort. The Pura Vida did so much for us: clear instructions on taking the taxi from the airport upon arrival (paid by... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Our family of 15 - including 7 kids under 15! - stayed at Pura Vida upon arrival for our very first visit to Cost Rica. With all we had already learned from Berni's emails and the hotel website, we felt welcomed, confident, and supremely amused from the very start. And it was even better than we anticipated! The place is... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is the perfect place to stay when you have had a long trip and are jet lagged. We were both delayed and had a ordeal picking up the hire car so if was a relief to finally arrive here with our 3 kids in tow. Only 20 mins if so if drive directly from the airport (don't use Avis... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

All I can do is reiterate the other reviews: Berni, Nhi and their staff are excellent hosts. The Casitas (we were in Mariposa) are comfortable and well set out. The gardens are lovely and he breakfast / dinners excellent. I would highly recommend for anyone visiting this part of Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Possibly one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica but only available for the few lucky ones who are hosted at the boutique hotel Pura Vida or for those who made a reservation for dinner. The rooms have everything you need when traveling through CR and then more! Berni and Nhi will make sure you have a good time when... More 

Thank Pablo-finco
San Clemente, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great stay here our first night and last night in CR. Pura Vida Hotel is quaint and super convenient to the airport and the tropical grounds have an array of palms and beautifully displayed orchids. Our Rainforest room was private and spacious. Berni is very helpful and arranged for our car rental to be delivered to the... More 

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

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the perfect destination- just a 15 min. ride from the airport to this beautiful oasis. The casitas or little cottages are clean and well kept. The decor is pure tico.. colors and images direct from this spectacular nature preserve. Stroll the grounds and see native trees and flowers highlighted by the orchid collection. The owners are so welcoming... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing hotel, extremely tasty breakfast, great staff and super friendly dogs! There are absolutely no cons to this place,only pros. This was our favorite hotel we stayed at in Costa Rica by far and we cant wait to get back. Highly recommended!

Thank Ingusiav
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Pura Vida Hotel was a great find! We are so glad we choose to start and end our trip at Pura Vida! The hotel itself is filled with cool art and all sorts of plants. The rooms were cozy, clean and private. Berni was extremely helpful he arranged for a rent a car for to be dropped off and pick... More 

Thank Tara K
alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Tara and I am pretty sure we'll see you back one day. If you have any artist friends who'd be interested in a trip to Isla de Chira too we'd be happy to connect them, Berni More 

San Luis Obispo, California
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47 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Berni and Nhi are excellent hosts. They run this small independent Bed and Breakfast in Tuetal Sur just north of downtown Alajuela. They have several casitas set amongst a lush garden within a safe compound. They also run a nice restaurant for their guests in the high season or when they have enough guests that provides dinner, and Nhi is... More 

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Thanks Ben for the review and taking the time to do it. We'll see you next trip, Berni & Nhi More 

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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 

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Address: | Just 4km North of the International Airport, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: £79 - £147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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