Pura Vida was the home base for my husband and me as we traveled to the Caribbean coast and back, and then to the Pacific and back. We spent five delightful nights -- three in Toucan, one in Rainforest, and the last in Volcano, each artistically designed and beautifully decorated. Our last afternoon was spent in Volcano, sitting on the balcony watching a torrential rain and drinking Costa Rican coffee (all rooms have a coffee maker and great coffee.) Berni's suggestions for what to do while in Alajuela, as well as beyond (Tortuguero and the Pacific coast), were invaluable. Our first day in Costa Rica, we had wonderful tours of the Ara Project supporting Macaw conservation and Zoo Ave, a wildlife rescue center. It was fortunate that we stayed at Pura Vida for many reasons, one being Berni's great hospitality. Another was the opportunity to have three of the best dinners we could have imagined, all prepared by Nhi, a culinary artist whose creativity and aesthetic presentation reminded us of Alice Waters' renowned Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse.
Thanks, Berni and Nhi, and other great staff, for helping make our Costa Rican trip a fabulous experience!
- 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