I left Los Angeles for Costa Rica in August 2006 during a Terror Alert. Needless to say, I was exhausted when I landed in San Jose. My daughter had been there all summer with a group from University of Santa Cruz and met me at the airport. Unfortunately, I didn't realize Pura Vida Hotel offered transportation from the airport to the hotel so we got ripped off by a local taxi driver ($25 US dollars (that's about $100 to go six miles!) Live and learn...
When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by the owner, Berni, who led us through the beautiful grounds to our casita (The Toucan). We were tired and hungry and although it was well beyond breakfast, Berni brought us a most exqusite tray of eggs, bacon, fruit, coffee, fresh juice and the most amazing bread pudding.
Our casita was spacious and full of light-- impeccable in every way. Great open shower!
Since we had not made advance reservations for dinner at Pura Vida, Berni recommended a great restaurant in town and made arrangements for our round trip cab. The restaurant was a local hangout-- funky and fantastic.
The next morning, after another great home-cooked breakfast, Berni arranged our transportation to Manuel Antonio-- a beautiful beach town on the Pacific Coast, about four hours away. Our driver was amazing! He spoke excellent English, had a great personality and charming sense of humor. Once again, Berni's recommendation and personal assistance was right on!
Three weeks later, we were back at Hotel Pura Vida for our last nght in Costa Rica. We had made dinner reservations this time as we did not want to miss Berni's wife's (Nhi's) fabulous gourmet evening meal. Her espresso-laced pana cotta, (an eggless custard) may be the best dessert I've ever had! .Also, the patio dining was sublime and gorgeous, private and serene.
Berni was the perfect host. He took care of our every need with grace, charm and experitse.
Thank you Berni, Nhi and the wonderful staff for your exquisite hospitality! You truly have created a most elegant "base camp!"
See you next time!
margo & jenna -- California
- 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