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Hotel Buena Vista

#5 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
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Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
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    Kingston
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

    We stayed twice in the month on our way and returning from our end destination. The rooms were well decorated and clean. They made so many accommodations for our 9 month old and treated him like gold. The free shuttle to/from was very much appreciated!! Would absolutely come back!

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    Brooklyn, NY
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

    This used to be my favorite place near the airport, and it still has a lot to recommend it. The beds are by far the most comfortable I've slept in in Costa Rica and rival any five-star resort. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and you can't beat the free airport shuttle. The restaurant is very good and the banana-macadamia... More 

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    New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

    This is my second time to Hotel Buena Vista. It is simply amazing. Filled with a great staff that are friendly and helpful. The view is incredibly in the day and even more so at night. They have great food, shuttle service and some of the nicest rooms in Costa I have ever stayed in. I will continue to make... More 

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    glendora ca
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

    This was our last stop the night before we went to the airport. It is in a beautiful location and the villa we stayed in was quite large and had been recently remodeled. The view from our balcony was amazing. The dinner was excellent. My husband said it was the best meal he had eaten in Costa Rico. The only... More 

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    Zurich, Switzerland
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

    It was our last night in Costa Rica after almost 6 weeks in Costa Rica. Nice room, a little bit noisy beacause of the laundry next window, good food, kind service and very good located on top of the hill. Great view, day and night. Very close to the airport but no noise from any traffic. Any time again.

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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was our first stop on our first trip to Costa Rica. I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat. The view was fantastic, the rooms were clean and comfortable, and the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a long travel day and were overwhelmed when we exited the airport to see a crowd of pick-up people... More 

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    Sooke, Canada
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    What can you say about a little urban oasis above the city of Alajuela.... Actually quite a bit to tell you the truth. Taking the pre-arranged hotel shuttle from the International Airport to hotel is most definitely the iway to go. Don't let the mass insanity (taxi drivers all vying for your $) outside the airport terminal throw you. They... More 

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    Cologne, Germany
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Buena Vista has a beautiful view at the Poas volcan as well as at the central valley and San Jose. It's quiet and clean. The house is nestling between plants and flowers. The staff is very cooperative. Food is tasty. The lift from and to the Airport is accurate, reliable and for free. The public bus station is 30m from... More 

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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    This place has the best banana bread in the world. Anthony Bordain should go there just to talk about the banana bread. A french bakery couldn't do better. The owner should consider closing this hotel and bring the banana bread chef to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle and simply open up a tiny coffee shop... More 

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    Fremantle
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

    Good hotel with tremendous views and a short drive to the airport. We had our last night there and it was well worth it. We had a drive to the nearby Poas Volcano, but unfortunately it was too cloudy to see into the crater. The city lights in the evening were most attractive. Food and service was fine. The gardens... More 

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    Address: Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
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    Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
    Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
    Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
    Number of rooms: 30
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    Also Known As:
    Buena Vista Hotel
    Buena Vista Alajuela
    Hotel Buena Vista Costa Rica/Alajuela
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    #6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
    #8 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela

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    The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more   less 
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