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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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jwost
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We cannot recommend the Hotel Buena Vista highly enough. The hotel itself is maybe 20 minutes from the airport - close enough to be convenient but also far enough that it is away from the noise of planes and, frankly, the less than impressive city of Alajuela. You climb out of the city and when you arrive, the hotel lives... More 

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

Dear Jwost, For us it is always a pleasure to have guests that enjoy of nature as much as you did. As you said, we are close to the city but within a distance and in a perfect location to enjoy the peace of the mountains and a wonderful view of the whole city. We are also close to beautiful... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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41 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location is wonderful for exploring the surrounding mountains, including Volcano Poas, and coffee estates, farms, San Jose and the small quaint villages in the area. The Hotel offers excellent tour guides, who are yours for the week, days or hours as you choose. The staff is professional and service is very good. The food menu doesn't change, but food is... More 

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

Dear VeryTraveler26, We love to hear you enjoyed the stay with us. We're glad you enjoyed all the services that we have offered during your stay. We love our customers to enjoy and our commitment is to do all at our hands to offer a real enjoyment. We hope you will visit us again, Ed More 

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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This hotel is great as a first stop when you land in San Jose. It is 20 minutes from the airport and located in the hills so there are beautiful views. The staff was friendly and helpful. Food was good. Pool is kind of small. Highly recommend!

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

Dear Alexandra, We appreciate your opinion about your stay with us. We are pleased to have been your gateway to Costa Rica. We are truly in a place close to the city but we have beautiful views from the mountain. We hope you visit us again, Ed More 

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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights at the end of a 10 day stay. Hotel facility is excellent: modern, clean, relatively quiet, and good beds/linens. Located on beautiful grounds 15 minutes up the mountain from SJO, although can take an hour during rush hour. Most staff speak passable English. Hotel restaurant is a reasonably priced grill with plenty for kids to choose... More 

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

Dear Alex, We appreciate your feedback about your stay. We are happy to know you enjoyed with us at the end of your trip. For us it's very important to be a very convenient place to stay where location and views are important reasons for our clients to choose. We look forward to see you again, Ed More 

Cary, North Carolina
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69 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This was only a one night stay for us after arrival. It was a lovely hotel in a beautiful location. We enjoyed walking on the coffee trail and the kids liked the pool. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend.

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

Dear Christi, Thank you for sharing your opinion about your stay at Buena Vista. We are delighted to know you enjoyed the views and surroundings the hotel and that your children enjoyed the pool. We hope you visit us again, we will be happy to see you again. Ed More 

Ithaca, New York
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I've been to Buena Vista three times now. It is my "go to" place when arriving or departing Costa Rica. Excellent service, great views, mellow grounds. Good for kids (small pool and playground). On the way to Poas Volcano. I love the short coffee trail through real shade-gown coffee plantation.

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

Dear WildMed, Thank you for sharing your opinion about your stay at Buena Vista. We are happy to be your point of entry and exit of Costa Rica. We love to have you repeating the experience and the whole family feels comfortable. Surely we have wonderful views and we are glad that you enjoy too. We will be waiting to... More 

Kent, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This hotel was great. It is only 15 minutes from the airport, and the hustle and bustle of the city. It has a gate with a guard at night, is very clean, has a (small, cold) pool, a nice restaurant with great food and overly generous portions, nice views, and a beautiful coffee trail on the property to check out.... More 

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

Dear Sam, We love to hear that your stay has been so satisfactory and that you also enjoyed our location, close to the city but far from its bustle. As you said, we are near the Poas Volcano and many other attractions where you can make day trips. Thanks for choosing us, we hope you visit us again, Ed More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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113 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Very nice and charming place. Small and quiet. Very friendly service. Great view over alajuela, especially from the lying chairs in the garden. The pool is small but you should anyway spent your days on tours snd not at the pool. Large rooms that offer all relevant comfort. Enough parking lots.

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

Dear Chris, Thank you for sharing your experience about your visit. We are delighted to know you enjoyed and loved our hotel, a place near the city but at a height where you can admire beautiful views. Our location is superb because we are close to many places where you can make day trips. We look forward to see you... More 

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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

This hotel is a great place to stay when arriving in Costa Rica. It's close to the airport and the staff is very helpful. My friend and I stayed here two days and enjoyed it very much. The rooms aren't that big but very clean and we had a balcony with a really nice view. (we had a room with... More 

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

Dear Vanessa, We love your feedback about your stay with us. For us it is very important to look after our guests and help them and make them feel at home. We are located very close to the city but far enough away to enjoy the beautiful views. We hope you visit us again, we´d love you serve you. Ed More 

Estes Park
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304 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here twice during our trip. We came from the airport to spend the night before heading out on our trip. Picked up by hotel shuttle. Check in was easy and room was lovely. Great breakfast and excellent coffee. We were able to store some bags with them. Upon returning we spent 2 days based here. Ideal for exploring... More 

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

Dear SNG56, We love to hear your comments about your visit. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. We love to be part of your experience in Costa Rica from the very beginning and at the end. We care very much for our clients and we try to make you all feel home. We hope you visit us again, it will... More 

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