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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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel was clean and comfortable and well decorated. There is a small playground on site for the kids . The pool was small but adaquate. The ladies at the front desk went above and beyond when I found myself headed to the airport with 1 diaper. The receptionist went home and brought me some from her house around the... More 

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Cornwall, UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are looking for a first stop in CR and don't want to venture into the teeming metropolis of San Jose, this is a brilliant option - a tranquil, beautiful tropical gem with wonderful welcoming staff, clean, artistically decorated, beautiful rooms and lovely food. There are two more bonuses - they pick you up from the airport (very close... More 

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Venice, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I found this to be an excellent hotel at great value - at a cost far less than we would have expected considering the high quality of the facility. It is located high on the mountains overlooking San Jose, with clean, comfortable rooms and an excellent dining room. We had dinner twice in the restaurant and were... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

During my recent trip to Costa Rica (my 8th) I stayed one night at the Buena Vista. The grounds and hotel were nice and the staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, we had several problems. They did not have our reservation and tried to put us in a small room. After complaining, they then found the deluxe room we... More 

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Russell Ontario
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38 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an excellent choice for our first night in Costa Rica. It is not very far from the airport, but yet we are already in the mountains and outside the city which is a wonderful feeling when you wake up the next morning to beautiful scenery, birds and flowers. The breakfast was top notch. The room was very comfortable.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Hotel Buena Vista for one night prior to flying back to the USA after vacationing in the Osa Peninsula. I was looking for a place with Costa Rica flavor that was near the airport. I did not want to stay in a cookie-cutter hotel in the city. The hotel is maybe 1/2 hour drive north of SJO... More 

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Kingston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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