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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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  • 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews 49 reviews
41 hotel reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2008

We stayed here on our last night before leaving Costa Rica. Though the staff was indeed friendly, I am baffled at the very positive reviews. Having traveled extensively worldwide, I cannot understand how anyone could give this hotel more than a minimal rating. There is a nice view, but only a very few rooms can see it (we had one... More 

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Bowie MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2008

This is a great place to go to get your bearings after flying into the country. Its about 1/2 hour from the airport, close to everything in the Central Valley but situated in a place that seems far away. Beautiful views from the rooms of the valley and city below. The staff is great (a shoutout especially to Coco and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

Buena Vista Hotel is a very good start for your roundtrip through Costa Rica! The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is a peacefull hotel on a mountain top with a beautiful view. It is close to the airport and a good place to rest from your flight and plan your trip. The staff helped us with the car... More 

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Grand Rapids
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2008

I frequently stay at hotels in the San Jose-Alajuela area. When possible I stay at the Buena Vista. The staff is outstanding. I get extra services when ever I ask. As an example I needed an interpreter on one trip. One of the seasoned team volunteered their time. It was all arranged by e-mail before I arrived. They make you... More 

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Out Islands
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566 reviews 566 reviews
175 hotel reviews
426 helpful votes 426 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2008

As previously said, the Hotel is close to the Airport ' and thats it pretty much. I wonder upon my fellow travellers who give it 5 stars. I can not do so, for the following reasons a The pool is very small b the rooms we stayed were worn out c noisy aircon d you can hear anyone speaking on... More 

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edwin1, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

The hotel is at a cool 4200 feet and has no air conditioning. More 

ny, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

At first i was sort of hesitant traveling to costa rica alone (my friend was meeting me a day later), but the staff at hotel buena vista arranged for my hotel pick up & made me feel welcomed & comfortable to be there. When my friend did arrive, we (continuously) asked the staff's advice on what to do, where to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2008

The hotel is comfortable rather than luxurious. It is close to the international airport and is a good choice to avoid having to stay in San Jose. It has a small pool and a spectacular view over the central valley. The added extra however is the staff - they really go out of their way to be friendly and helpful.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

A really comfortable hotel and conveniently placed for the airport. Rooms are a decent size, many with balconies with views of either the central valley or the hotel gardens. Well maintained and scrupulously clean, nice bathrooms, TV and a decent bar and restaurant as well as free internet access in the lobby. There's a shuttle available to the airport, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2008

Our whole family (two adults a 15 year old and a 12 year old) really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Buena Vista. The hotel itself is very lovely, the rooms were very comfortable and we really enjoyed the meal we had in their resteraunt. Not only that, but we had a 6:00 a.m. flight, and they arranged for the... More 

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new york, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2008

When Tropical Storm Alma made us reroute our plans in Costa Rica, a lovely gentleman had recommended heading to Alajuela. With nowhere planned to stay, we followed signs for the Hotel Buena Vista. What a pleasant surprise! The hotel was lovely, and the staff, even lovelier. When we left, it was like saying goodbye to good friends. Everyone was fabulous,... More 

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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 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela

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