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Pura Vida Hotel

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| 4km North of the International Airport, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My 2 adult daughters and I stayed for 2 nights in the Katydid room. We received a free cab ride from the airport. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this hotel. The owner was not present when we arrived but Vincent was wonderful in getting us a driver for a tour, and suggesting restaurants. He gave us a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had the Toucan room for 2 adults plus 2 kids. Plenty of beds, lots of space and a nice patio outside. Kids loved exploring the large garden and testing all the hammocks. We had dinner there twice. My finicky daughter said "I wish I could eat this every nite!". Enough said!! It wasn't the cheapest meal I had in CR,... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bernie was a terrific host and arranged day trips and taxis. You are in good hands with him as he truly cares about his guests. Breakfasts were superb and if you have a chance, order a meal. You won't be disappointed.He could charge admission to his beautiful grounds!

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S.F. Bay area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Berni and Nhi have created a little oasis in the heart of Alajuela just 15 minutes to/from the airport. I stayed one night at the end of my vacation, but now it will become my preferred arrival/departure place for future trips. I liked the laid-back, homey feel of the place and Berni could not have been more helpful, friendly and... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure what all of the hoopla is about this hotel. We chose it based on Trip Advisor reviews but I'll have to say this is the first time I do NOT agree with the ratings! It's located in a very noisy and seemingly questionable location (safety!). It's kind of a fortress in the middle of a busy intersection--nowhere... More 

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you Debra for your review. We and our long term staffers are sorry that on this occasion we failed to meet your expectations. Our hotel is situated in a rural community typical of Costa Rica in 2015 - it is a country trying to grow up in a challenging world. Your review describes us as a fortress in a... More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our time at Pura Vida was outstanding! We stayed two nights on our arrival in Costa Rica (Volcano Room) and our last night in country (Rain Forest Casita) ... and will definitely return the next time we are in CR. The day of our arrival was my wife's birthday. About a week ahead, I emailed Berni and asked if he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed here the night before our flight out of Costa Rica and it was a wonderful way for us to finish our vacation! For under a hundred dollars, we got our own cabin with kitchenette, bedroom, and good sized bathroom, with a patio and hammock out front, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. The hosts... More 

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Bladel, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A great place for when you arrive in Costar Rica Berni and his team make you feel welcome in a great country. Share your plans with Berni and he will add the excellent flavour to it. Food is really great and hospitality is warm and very friendly. rooms are perfect. the night be fore we left we had our last... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We stayed in the Mariposa Casita - a two bedroom two bathroom casita. We were very comfortable. The Pura Vita is a great place to start and end your Costa Rica trip. We really enjoyed our time there - Berni took great care of us. Ask for a tour from Sterling, the Tico guide who regularly takes guests from the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Pura Vida is an amazing place to stay. The casitas are lovely, the staff was extraordinarily helpful and the grounds are exquisite. Tired and dusty after a very long car ride from El Castillo, we were greeted with fresh juice and a warm smile by Jose. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.

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