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Hotel Buena Vista

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Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Connecticut
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very pleased with our three generation family stay for one night at Hotel Buena Vista. It is name correctly - lovely views of San Jose day and night. Staff was friendly and very helpful at all times. I used a computer and printer for travel arrangements all went smoothly. We enjoyed our family dinner and included breakfast deciding to sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only stayed one night at the end of our first Costa Rica trip for my birthday in March. First my husband and I are still talking about the wonderful time we had on this vacation. Costa Rica is absolutely WONDERFUL with the most amazing people we have ever met. Everyone we encountered was so very pleasant. Now on to... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved our stay - beds were incredibly comfortable, had a lovely balcony with beautiful view of San Jose. The pool was nice (but not heated - solar heated just means heated by the sun...) and the food was very good - great access to Poas and La Paz waterfalls.

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thanks for being our guest and writing such a nice review. I would like to clarify one point. We make very effort to portray ourselves as accurately as possible on our web page and all other marketing venues. We belong to an organization called CST which grades us on our overall environmental efforts such as recycling, energy conservation, bio-degradable cleaners,... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We didi not expect anything when we reserved a room at this hotel. We just wanted to stay at a hotel close to the airport in the direction of volcano Poas. The room we stayed in was number 1, very nice room except it was close to the laundry room and we could hear people talking or walking passed by... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the first week of our two weeks in Costa Rica here. From the moment we arrived until we departed we were treated like close-knit family. Naty and the front desk staff were very friendly, approachable and helpful. Housekeeping staff kept our front balcony suite in fine order. The dining room crew including, Luis, Diego, Michael, Joaquin, Randall and... More 

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are hotels closer to the airport but Hotel BuenaVista is worth the 20 minute drive. Beautiful gardens and coffee trail on the grounds, great views and good service and food! Stretched our vacation out to the last minute. They provided 2 shuttles (Nature Air arrival and international departure the next morning). Highly recommended.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of our holiday and one night at the end. At the start we had a ground floor room overlooking the valley with spectacular views, particularly at night. The staff were fantastic and so helpful - a few members of our party had particular dietary needs and they were very attentive to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel was booked by our travel agent as a last stop before getting to the airport for our return flight. This was an excellent choice. The property covers a large area overlooking the valley, with very nice views. There is a small "coffee trail" where one can admire the local flora. The pool is tiny and a little bit... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we decided to finish our holiday here, close to the airport. What a setting! Terrific view, friendly, attentive staff and a great, great room. We stayed in one of the "villas" which are more like a separate cabin with a very large veranda. Great fruity drinks by the (small) pool. Dinner was very nice, but shrimp were frozen. (We should... More 

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Beek en Donk, The Netherlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was our first hotel in Costa Rica. Accomodation was fine, big rooms, well equiped. Good startingpoint for Poas Volcano. Prices for extra's were huge. Laundry service: better buy new underpants then washing for US$3. We had some time left (30 minutes) from our trip to the volcano and asked the driver to make a detour (10 km total) to... More 

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for being our guest. Costa Rica is by far the best country to visit in Central America however, it is also the most expensive. Taxes are very high here and everything is imported.The cost of vacationing here is comparable to vacationing in U.S.A. In particular transportation is expensive. New vehicles, insurance, and maintenance are very high. In regards... More 

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