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“A great innkeeper and inn”
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Pura Vida Hotel
Ranked #1 of 61 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Weaverville, North Carolina
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77 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A great innkeeper and inn”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We loved staying at Pura Vida - the first two nights of our trip and the last night. When we returned, our teen-aged grandson said "it's like coming home". The bungalow was spacious, clean, comfortable, attractive. The breakfasts were works of art with their fancy cut fruits and the special dinner excellent. Best of all was Berni, the innkeeper, who answered my countless questions as I planned the trip. His sense of humor is great fun and his help invaluable. We also appreciated his services in arranging for our car rental and providing transportation from the airport. I'd love to go back there - maybe some day.

Room Tip: Traveling with 2 teen-aged grandchildren, we needed the bungalow with 2 bedrooms and baths. The liv...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Weatherford, Texas
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Our third visit to the Pura Vida hotel was the best yet. We took our four kids and used Pura Vida as a port of entry/exit to the central part of Costa Rica. As always Bernie and Nih we exceptional hosts and the two cabanas the six of us used were comfortable, clean, and very attractive. Every time we come here we intend to stay longer because the grounds and the hosts at spectacular.

Room Tip: Do not let the wall intimidate you, once inside the grounds you will be AMAZED at how beautiful it i...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

A lovely property, easy to get to from SJO, and full of character. The food (breakfast and the three-course dinner) is spectacular and the lobby is full of useful info on traveling in the country. There is a great pair of dogs to add to the abundance of charm, and lots of plants and trees growing around all of the casitas. We just stayed one night before heading back to SJO to go to a lodge further south, and we had thought of just staying at a chain hotel next to the airport, but it was definitely worth the few extra minutes to get to this hotel and really start our vacation there.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I can't say enough about this operation. The rooms are spacious and well-furnished. The staff go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. The food is wonderful. It is also located near the airport.

Room Tip: The Volcano Room has a great view!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Driving to the Hotel Pura Vida, the neighborhood looks unlikely, then you get to a walled compound, and when the gate slides open, you enter an oasis of calm and beauty. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and everything has been done in exquisite taste. We stayed in a 2 bedroom casita in the garden that was comfortable and relaxing. But the best part of Hotel Pura Vida is that you get to be taken care of by Berni and Nhi, the owners, with a level of personal care and attention that is rare in a commercial establishment. Berni helped with our car rental on both ends, and made things easy and gracious. His house wine and restaurant recommendation were superb. And Bandit the dog was available for fetch. I can't imagine staying anywhere else near the airport.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Colleyville, Texas
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This was our second stay at the Pura Vida-

The attention to detail in the casita's is amazing. To shower in those big, beautiful bathrooms after a week in the Costa Rica countryside is nirvana. Beautiful surroundings, and Bernie and Nye (sorry for the spelling) are magnificent! I don't know how they do it, honestly.
They are always there when we need them to let us in and out. It is a wonderful experience and pure relaxing pleasure to be in those surroundings. I really can't say enough good things about it. Perfection all the way around.

Our daughter loved playing mango fetch with the playful but gentle german shepard, Bandit.
Exquisite, marvelous, beautiful, relaxing and reasonably priced. What more can I say.

Room Tip: We've stayed in two of the four casitas and they were both beautiful. The Katydid is nearest th...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Pura Vida is a Botanical Oasis on the edge of coffee plantations. Once a coffee plantation, the fertile soil and property are now a nearby retreat with access to POAS Volcano area, coffee plantations and importantly only 15 minutes from the International Airport. Berni and his staff care for a beautiful tropical garden surrounding four bungalows and the main house including an open air restaurant with an exquisite collection of orchids. Awsome breakfast and always accommodating. Should be a 5 Star if not for the noisy streets on week-ends, but never seen due to dense vegetation and fencing. Can't wait for Fourth Visit. Cajun Dreamer

Room Tip: Mariposa Bungalow great for two couples with seperate bedrooms and 2 baths. Toucan has one bedroom w...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Pura Vida Hotel
Address: Tuetal Sur | 4km North of SJO International Airport, Alajuela 20102, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
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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Pura Vida Alajuela
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