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Hotel Buena Vista
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Fabulous, friendly and relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

Our family of four stayed at Hotel Buena Vista the first night and last night of an 11 day trip to Costa Rica after having it recommended to us by friends who had been there recently. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the views were spectacular, and the food delicious. Our first morning there we were having trouble getting our rental car delivered to us and the owner took us down personally to help us get the car and get on our way. On our return trip with an early flight out of San Jose there was a breakfast made for us to take to the airport and hot coffee ready. Everyone at the hotel was friendly and helpful. We also loved waking up our first morning in CR and taking a walk through the coffee trail on the property. Would highly recommend Hotel Buena Vista.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Angelo, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

A group of 20-25 of us from San Angelo, TX have stayed at the Hotel Buena Vista for the past three years. We go to Costa Rica yearly for a church mission trip. At the end of our work week, we take a couple of days to relax and refresh. I was told about Hotel Buena Vista by a friend who had been there and we've stayed there ever since and are already looking forward to next year. This is fairly small hotel, but it is very nice and you will be treated like family by the staff. Darwin, Coco, Jonathan, Gaby and everyone there are so friendly and helpful. They will arrange any excursion you might want and are very knowledgeable about the area and beyond. I truly believe you will be VERY happy with your stay there.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Larkspur, California, United States
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

We stayed here last night, our last night in CR, and appreciated the beautiful views of San Jose. They also prepped breakfast for us when we left for the airport this morning, which was nice. One aspect that may take getting used to is the "eco hotel" lights--lights won't go on unless you hang your key on a hook, a smart idea but not one that is super well explained beforehand. We strugggled for a few minutes.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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New Orleans
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

A little off the beaten path but not too far from the airport. A perfect place to stay if you have just landed in Costa Rica and need a place to stay for one or two nights before you explore the rest of the country. Once here, the hotel has wonderful guest services and can drive you anywhere you need to go. The staff is great! We loved Coco! The rooms are comfy and love to open the door to our balcony for the fresh air. No need for air conditioning here. It was actually really cool at night. The view of San Jose was spectacular and the grounds of the hotel with the walking paths were really a plus. The food was good but the breakfast was really nice and free. You can go to La Paz or Poas or coffee plantation very easily from here. All in all, I will definitely stay here again and recommend to others.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

This was a lovely one night stop over. The grounds were very nice, the pool area was great, and our room was beautiful including the bathroom.
I would have given an excellent but the food was not great....not bad just not outstanding.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is a first class hotel in an unexpected location....within driving distance of the San Jose airport. The panoramic views of the city are breathtaking and the hotel itself has an upscale decor which is also breathtaking that captures the essence of Costa Rica with a surprising sophistication and tranquility. The staff went out of their way to accommodate every need.....even physically chasing down our car to return our cell phone that we accidentally left in the hotel lobby.....now that is above-and-beyond service! Touring the nearby Peace Lodge at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, was one of our favorite stops during our entire visit to Costa Rica and we cannot wait to visit it and the Hotel Buena Vista again. We would recommend this beautiful hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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McKinney, Texas
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

We could not be happier with the Hotel Buena Vista and our recent stay earlier this month in July. The hotel is a hidden gem, in close proximity to the San Jose airport, yet out of the noisy city. The quaint hotel is located in the mountains with a breathtaking view of the valley and surrounding volcanos/mountains. We were greeted at the airport by a friendly Buena Vista employee who shuttled us away from the San Jose traffic/noise to the mountainside into a neighboring suburb of Alajuela. We didn't know what to expect but were taken back by the beautiful grounds, outstanding views (especially the nighttime views of all the twinkling lights -AMAZING) and plush accommodations. It only took us 15 minutes to arrive at such a peaceful and serene setting. We decided upon a villa for my husband the kids shared a standard room. Our friends from FL reserved a villa as well. The villas are quite spacious with a living room and large private balcony and many of the amenities of home. (nice strong blowdryer, coffee maker, tea, etc.). I loved getting up and having coffee in the early morning on the balcony before the kids were up. One day we walked the coffee trail on the hotel property before we left to hipline. There were various birds, hummingbirds and butterflies that we saw when up early that morning. We had breakfast each morning in the restaurant and were pleased with the breakfast that was included with the price of the rooms. The fresh pineapple and homemade banana bread were to die for!!!! Coco arranged for personalized tours of Poas Volcano, La Paz waterfalls and zip lining in the area. We appreciated the fact that we didn't need to rent a car initially and could book all the tours from the hotel and leave the driving to them. We finally left for the beach for a few days but returned to spend our last night in Hotel Buena Vista as we loved it so much. We had considered staying at a chain property our last night in San Jose to be closer to the airport but were so happy we did not as a city hotel could not hold a candle to the relaxing feel of the hotel. Some of the hotel staff that really made our stay special..Gaby, Naty, Coco, Lee (owner) to name a few were terrific and we appreciate all they did to make our stay extra special. PURA VIDA! We can't wait for the day when we are able to come back to this beautiful country and stay at this special place again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Buena Vista
Address: Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more   less 
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Buena Vista Alajuela
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