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Hotel Buena Vista

3.0 of 5 Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
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  • Rooms
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We arrived at the hotel in the pouring rain, other than a warm welcome we were greeted with disinterest. It seemed we were the only guests and the hotel seemed very dark. I understand that it was low season but we expected more, especially for the price. We had a early morning pick to go to Tortuguero and arranged for... More 

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

I am very sorry that your experience at Hotel Buena Vista was not 100% satisfactory. We strive to provide a very high level of quality, service and overall value. You mention that the hotel was mostly empty and this is true. Costa Rica has virtually no tourism in Oct. due to heavy rain which ends in mid Nov. A $20... More 

vancouver, canada
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32 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We stayed here after a long flight from Vancouver. The views are absolutely amazing. The pool was a little on the small side but the kids enjoyed it. There is a nice walking trail that tells you about coffee production. We had a nice meal there. Breakfast was what we received throughout Costa Rica - good fruit and some pastries.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is a great place to relax. The views are spectacular, the rooms were clean and comfortable. We were able to walk to nearby restaurants, which also had spectacular views. The locals weren't overly friendly though, and one of them referred to my friend as "a Caribe".

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Tampa, Florida
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60 hotel reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This was the first place I ever stayed when I first visited Costa Rica back in 2008. The Hotel was 5 star with excellent service. They even threw an election party back then when President Obama was first elected. I didn't know much about Costa Rica back then as I do now but the hotel was located outside of San... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We only intended to stay one day, but found ourselves staying on for four! The views of San Jose and the Central valley held our fascination. As it was the rainy season, we enjoyed the clouds and rain as they rolled towards us from the mountains across the valley. The clear nights revealed a carpet of lights reaching right up... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This hotel was exactly what we needed when we arrived in Costa Rica. The staff were friendly, helpful, efficient and went out of their way to help and serve us. The room was really nicely decorated, dean and comfortable, the view was spectacular, the gardens were stunning and the food and wine, delicious. I would highly recommend it as a... More 

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Mishawaka, Indiana, United States
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7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We only spent a single night, but wished we could have spent more. This elegant, but simple hotel set in the rolling coffee hills above San Jose is a place I want to return to. A perfect setting to relax and rest while enjoying a book, the small dipping pool, and lounge chairs overlooking the cities below. A boutique hotel... More 

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a lovely hotel perfect for families, couples, young and mature . We really liked that it is owned by a family, not a "chain hotel experience". The hotel offers rooms with views , some with balconies overlooking the city , several modern villas - perfect for couple or family. it is located close to the Doka coffee plantation,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

We recently stayed at Hotel Buena Vista at the start and end our of trip to Costa Rica. We were travelling with 3 young children (ages6,4&2) and we were made to feel very welcome. The hotel has beautiful views, rooms are very comfortable and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful & a wonderful breakfast too! Thank you to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We stayed here on our way to Puerto Jimenez and loved it. The view is nice as I watched the sun rise, and the coffee beans glisten with dew, then the butterflies. Would stay again any time and hope to soon.

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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
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Family Hotel in Alajuela

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