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Pura Vida Hotel

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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.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Breakfast Available
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Refrigerator in room
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What a beautiful spot on the planet! Lovely gardens, villas that are furnished beautifully with lots of privacy, wonderful breakfast and a gourmet dinner prepared by Nhi that was amazing. The owners, Berni and Nhi, could not have been more helpful with suggestions and tips for
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Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks Travis, we look forward to helping you with the June trip too. See you soonish, Berni
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Property's Favourite Review
In early May my husband and I spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica. This was our third trip and we were looking for a nice, but reasonably priced hotel near San Jose to spend the nights before and after our flights. A friend recommended Pura Vida in Tuetal, Alajuela, and we are so
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Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel
Responded 12 Jun 2018
Thanks so much for the review - wish I knew who Snorkelgirl is though :-)) so I could thank you personally. We always appreciate you spending the time doing that and thank you for coming. Yes we'll do dinner next time for you of course - last night Nhi experimented with a fish treat she remembered fondly from one of Anthony Bourdain's Vietnam trips and enjoyed it immensely while remembering one of the great foodies of our time. Thanks again Berni, Nhi, Ziva & Bandito
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As a frequent visitor at the Pura Vida, I have for years longed to be invited to one of Nhi's fabled meals. A few days ago, it happened. All I can say is, if you are ever offered the rare opportunity to participate in a Nhi-prepared dinner, do not even hesitate. Just. Say. YES!
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Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks Toucanbob for the great review. We look forward to your next trip here, Berni
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Beautiful accommodations and owner Berni helped us plan the rest of our trip saving us time and frustration. Pura Vida was recommended to us by my brother and now we are thrilled to pass on our recommendation to others! This is a great way to start and finish your trip to Costa
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We are very satisfied in this beautiful place. Berni, the owner, is so helpful! He help us to reserve the Poas volcano and he is always there for help us to find a restaurant or other thing. The villas are incredibles, there are so clean and the nature is great. There is noise
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View of hotel grounds from the deck of the Mariposa casita.
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Hello, Perhaps . . . what will the teacher be saying? Berni
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Hi we are the Pura Vida Hotel - the website is puravidahotel . com - there is no problem viewing the web site anywhere that we know? You can email us directly at info @ puravidahotel . com if you are still having problems? Where are you trying to access this web site? Berni
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Yes, it's the Pura Vida hotel that I reviewed. Bernie and Nhi are the owners and the nicest people. If you want dinner, you have make those arrangements in advance; Nhi is a fabulous chef!
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Yes, there are two different places with the same name. Be sure to be very specific with the taxi rep and if you use the orange taxi service Berni will pay the driver.
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Yes. They provide a voucher that will get you to the hotel from the airport. I believe the trip BACK to the airport we had to pay for but it was fairly affordable and they called the cab. You should ask Bernie.
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"Whichever room you get will be delightful."
"Read through all the info that Bernie provides, he is so helpful!!"
"We rented 4 cabins, they had plenty of room. More than we expected."
"We liked the rainforest room."
"Ask for casita away from the road if possible."
US$111 - US$202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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