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Seattle, WA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Bernie's place in late March, in the Mariposa Casita. It has a very private setting in a beautiful garden. You can see the surrounding countryside, such as Poas volcano, and it is out of the city of Alajuela, though not far from the airport. The location and the setting, as well as the efficiency and support from...

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Oakland, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spend a week at the Pura Vida and loved it. It is made up of little bungalows in a garden of diverse flowers, trees, etc.k which is like the Garden of Eden (except that there are no forbidden fruits). Breakfast comes with the room, but try to book dinner since the food at the Pura Vida...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the Katydid at the beginning and end of our trip. The accommodations were spacious and clean, surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. A great start and finish to our vacation that went beyond the usual airport hotel chains. Bernie provided a wealth of knowledge and information about Costa Rica that was much appreciated.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Pura Vida Hotel is our home base for travel to any part of Costa Rica. We recently stayed at the Pura Vida on both the front and back ends of a trip to Cahuita on the Caribbean side. As always, the Pura Vida and the great owners and incredible staff met our every need and made the trip perfect....

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Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Our family stayed in the Katydid casita on the first and last nights of our Costa Rican adventure. The Pura Vida was a great place to do this because Berni, Nhi, and their staff made the transition easier with their newbie-friendly policies and perks. The breakfasts and dinners were wonderful, and I especially appreciated when Nhi adjusted her plans at...

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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stayed in the Toucan room on the last night of our honeymoon which was huge and very comfortable, with its own little lounge/kitchen and patio with table and chairs. All the rooms look out on to the most amazing tropical gardens which we spent half a day exploring and lounging around before we had to leave....

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

Thanks Jeremy for the nice review, you are of course welcome back anytime and I know for sure Bandito and Ziva agree :-)) Berni

Reviewed 23 March 2017

Came to Costa Rica on a business trip and all of the usual chain hotels that I typically stay at were booked. Found this place to stay at the last minute and was so glad I did. Hosts were very friendly and personable. Private cottage was very spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area and full kitchen. The food...

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

Thanks for the review. We are getting more and more business travelers who when given the choice of us or the Marriott prefer a small personal place just out of town but close enough to the airport and facilities. Thanks for the review, Berni

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Everything you have read in the previous reviews is true. The hotel is unique, has super helpful owners, great food, and two friendly dogs. This is not your run on the mill airport hotel by any stretch of the imagination but more of an retreat that helps to ease you into the Costa Rican way of life. Bernie is a...

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

We do appreciate your review Ernie and thanks for coming - we do try our darndest to help guests, particularly first timers in Costa Rica, find their way into the country. That is the kind of place we look for when we travel to new places. Thank you, Berni

USA
Reviewed 16 March 2017

My family and I just returned from an amazing 10 day trip to CR. And that amazing feeling kicked in from the minute we stepped into the tropical haven called Pura Vida hotel. What a magical kingdom of verdant beauty Bernie and his team have created behind the high walls and gates of PV. We got to stay in a...

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

Thanks for reviewing us Nalini, you have a delightful family and guests like yourselves make our job pretty darn cool! Thanks again, Berni

Northwest Ohio
Reviewed 12 March 2017

My husband and I spent a lovely late afternoon and evening at Pura Vida before heading into town to enjoy dinner at a restaurant recommended by Berni. The grounds at Pura Vida are full of beautiful tropical plants that produce various foods as well as beautiful blooming plants and trees (the orchids are amazing!). When you go, try to plan...

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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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: Tuetal Sur | 4km North of SJO International Airport, Alajuela 20102, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: £68 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
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“Ther are some lovely rooms and would recommend both the Volcano and Rainforest rooms . Especillay the former for the view.”
Philimp, 25 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Ear plugs useful ANY WHERE in Costa Rica with motorcycles, etc. They provide. I never use however.”
GeneWashington_DC, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“If just a couple, get the Volcan room with views toward Poas.”
TravelbeeSantaFe_NM, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“It's all on their website”
wkcure, 16 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Look at the pictures and read the descriptions on the website...they are accurate.”
juliegR4783BS, 15 Apr 2017 | Read review
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