Unfortunately all the positive attributes Pura Vida has going for it are canceled out by the negative ones.
The casita we had was very pretty, clean, bright with lots of attention to detail, but we spent more time wondering about the issues the owner Bernie might have then enjoying the lovely house. The owner seems socially challenged, his favorite mode of communication is brusque, he appears to be in the wrong business having to deal with people on a regular basis.
The property was well kept and nice, but had the slight feel of a high security prison, due to the high fences, triple door, barbed wire etc. This went well with the owners reaction upon our arrival, instead of small talk or introducing himself to us, he took over the check-in from one of his (friendly) employees and said that we had to move our car, which we had parked in front of the hotel, immediately lest something horrible would happen. This sounded like the wide spread "Costa Rica is a dangerous place" paranoia, but later the owner felt inclined to strike the pose of the relaxed no-it- all, who has to "comfort" his anguished guests with remarks like "everything is easy" or "no bad things happen in Costa Rica, only strange things'" .
The location is convenient, very close to the airport, but on the other hand very noisy as well, cars roaring by all day and night.
Given that I read what a marvelous breakfast is served at Pura Vida, I was somewhat disappointed by our packaged breakfast (early morning flight) consisting out of a fruit salad and a cereal bar, I had hoped for something substantial like a sandwich.
We didn't mind the dogs.
- 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