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Hotel Buena Vista

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
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Ranked #4 of 30 hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2008

The Hotel Buena Vista makes every effort to ensure that its guests are comfortable in the hotel and that they feel at home. The staff is extremely accommodating and the hotel offers a free airport shuttle for its guests. We stayed there upon arrival in Costa Rica (for two nights) and would have also stayed our last night had the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2008

Stayed for one night at the end of a week of traveling CR by rental car. The staff was extrememly friendly and helpful - and they seemed to just do everything. The gentlemen checking us in was also one of the servers at the restaurant. The nighttime view of the valley is neat - and the grounds are very, very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

This was an enjoyable first stop for us. Everything from the food, to the service, to the room was fantastic. We especially appreciated the view and the chance to take advantage of the trail outside this location and get some great photos. Having stayed a less than pleasing night in San Jose upon departure, we would have liked the chance... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2008

We were booked in here twice as part of a package since we needed a place to stay on arrival and departure close to the airport. The hotel gets many good reviews but I do not know why. The hotel itrself is close to the airport and has a beautiful colonial structure. They do have an airport shuttle. Your first... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2008

We stayed at the Buena Vista when we arrived and departed Costa Rica. The pick up at the airport was a breeze and our early morning departure (5:30am) pleasant as can be. If you don't speak Spanish or have never been to Costa Rica before I would especially recommend the Buena Vista. Harlem took care of all our travel arrangements... More

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Marin County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2008

Our family of 4 (mom, dad, two preteens) stayed at the Buena Vista on New Year's Eve 2007 before leaving for a flight out of San Jose the next day, New Year's day. We loved it and would definitely stay there again.The hotel sits on a hill above San Jose and environs. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2008

The hotel is nice and the staff is great, but the rate should not be more than $70 a night year round. If you love reading this is a place to stay.

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Phoenix, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

The Buena Vista was our favorite hotel in Costa Rica. The view was beautiful, the signs made it easy to find, the room was large and clean, the entire hotel was gorgeous, the employees were friendly, and the hotel restaurant had delicious food with plenty of great vegetarian choices. It even has a short but beautiful walking trail. All this,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2007

Stayed at the Buena Vista 8 nights at the beginning of our holidays and 2 nights at the end. It definitely was the best among all the others. Friendly staff, good food, clean spacious rooms with wonderful views, pleasant atmosphere. In case of coming again to Costa Rica we surely will stay there again. Bernhard and Petra Wimmer, Berchtesgaden, Germany

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2007

Excellent location, 30 mins from airport with free pickup. Good room with a great view of the valley and the sunrise. Breakfast a bit basic but good fruit. Very friendly service, with very good English and helpful sorting out tours and a driver. Went to La Paz waterfall which is definitely worth a visit - good walk along 5 waterfalls... 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*
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The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more   less 
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