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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
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My daughter and I stayed at Pura Vida in May - it was a beyond fabulous experience. Nhi and Berni are so gracious, knowledgeable and accommodating. Our casita, the Mariposa, couldn't have been better. 2 bedrooms, living room, 2 baths, patio, and outdoor refrigerator and microwave.The grounds are beautiful and you get to see the fruit trees that your breakfast... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As far as we are concerned, this is the ONLY place to stay near San Jose International airport as you enter and exit Costa Rica. The hotel and it's various owners and staff are very special, but to really treat yourself in Costa Rica, try to have dinner here when Nhi and Berni are cooking. (More about that further down).... More 

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

Thanks BH for such a long thorough kind and detailed review. I have shared it obviously with the team who work hard to make sure we provide value for our services while at the same time having an environment that is pleasant to work in. We all "gotta make a buck somehow" and guests like yourselves make it all come... More 

Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for two nights July 2015 (two adults and two kids, 10 and 13). We chose the Mariposa room. We stayed at this place 16 years ago when it was a bit more rustic (but very nice) and had a different owner (who's still friends with the current owners). This is a gated house with beautiful grounds and mostly... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at the Pura Vida with my two teens and husband for one night before and one night after our trip to Tortuguero. Both days we arrived fairly late and had to leave extremely early, but we still managed to get a taste of this fun and friendly hotel. The staff actually met us in the restaurant with breakfasts... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is how you need to start and end your trip to Costa Rica...or stay awhile! Not much to say that hasn't been said by other reviewers. This was our second trip to Costa Rica and stopping here again was a no brainier. Beautiful grounds...well appointed and decorated casitas (Katydid, in particular, is spectacular and I would recommend it for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 July 14, 2015

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 July 11, 2015

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 July 8, 2015

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 

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