My husband and I stayed at Pura Vida for several nights at the start of our Costa Rica vacation -- and it was among the highlights of the 10-day trip. Only a brief taxi ride from the international airport, innkeepers Berni and Nhi have created a tiny paradise: lush garden, exquisite butterflies and birdsong, orchids everywhere. Our room (Mariposa cottage, at the foot of the garden) was larger than we needed and utterly private. Not knowing what to do on our first day, we took Berni's advice and signed up for the market tour followed by dinner using fresh market produce -- and it was a home run. Even if you do not cook, you do not want to miss the huge market, where each piece of fruit on the tidily arranged piles is glorious perfection, and the vendors cheerfully offer samples. Nhi's cooking is amazing as well, and breakfast -- on the delightful patio adjoining the main house -- is ample and delicious. We cannot say enough good things about this place -- did I mention the free wifi? When we needed a taxi for the two-hour trip to the port of Caldera, Berni arranged it -- and a charming, English-speaking driver named Sterling gave us a first-rate guided tour of the local towns along the way. Okay, the water pressure wasn't great...but all in all, Pura Vida represents everything that a small inn should be.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Pura Vida Alajuela
- Hotel Pura Vida
- Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela