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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at the Hotel Buena Vista on our last night in Costa Rica. They upgraded our family to the balcony room, and the view was outstanding. Looking out over the city lights and the dramatic clouds was fantastic. We ate dinner and breakfast there, which was very convenient, and the food was good. Everyone at the front desk and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent the last night of our 11 days here at the suggestion of the US expats we rented a beach house from the previous week. The GPS in our rental car got us here with no problem although we were concerned it was too far from the airport. However, once you see the view, you won't mind the drive... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had originally booked in a hotel near the airport for our last night but at the last minute changed to here. So glad I did. The hotel is about 20 minutes from the airport but with free shuttle included that isn't an issues. The grounds are beautiful, the view over San Jose amazing and the rooms attractive and recently... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When you're in Costa Rica's Central Valley, enjoy a stay at Alajuela's Hotel Buena Vista. It is nice and well-maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast of fresh tropical fruits along with strong Costa Rican coffee is good too. Many attractions are nearby whether you like zip-lining, waterfalls, volcanoes, exotic jungle creatures or butteflies, there is something for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did lots of research trying to decide where to stay for one night in between our arrival at SJO and our flight to the Osa Peninsula. I am so happy we chose Hotel Buena Vista. The overall area of Alajuela isn't the best to explore, but this spot was great. The Villas are where it's at...spacious rooms, large upgraded... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I had a great stay at Hotel Buena Vista. It is very close and convenient to the airport and the pickup and drop off service was much appreciated and very efficient. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the beds are very comfortable. The pool is small but nice and the (very short) little coffee trail is lovely.... More 

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Freeport, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first stop on our 21 day vacation in Costa Rica from Freeport, Texas. We visited Buena Vista Hotel on April 6 and then again on April 9th and 10th. What a beautiful way to start. We were picked up by the free airport shuttle and taken quickly to the hotel. Our room was on the second floor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Costa Rica awesome. The hotel has free shuttle service to and from the airport. The weather is cooler there and the views are breathtaking. The staff will take care of your every need. The restaurant was open whenever I wanted something and the food was really fresh. This hotel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We stayed two nights here recently. What we liked: clean and well-appointed room, very nice hotel building and grounds, the restaurant had higher than average food quality, nice staff, they will provide transport to/from the San Jose airport. What we were disappointed with: shower in the room was super weak, the hotel's restaurant food was expensive, it's isolated...no other places... More 

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

Thanks very much for the being our guests. For future guests I would like to clarify a couple points. About food cost, our menu prices INCLUDE 13% sales tax and a 10% gratuity which is mandated by Costa Rican law. Our main courses start at $13 for pasta pomodoro and fresh baked bread to rib eye steak for $22. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

The absolute best and most gorgeous hotel I have ever seen!! My home away from home😍 Spotless; stunning views; perfectly situated in the hills of Alajuela and overlooking the million twinkling skyline lights at night😍 they thought of EVERYTHING!! I will never even consider staying anywhere else in San Jose; my heart is Buena Vista❤️

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