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Pura Vida Hotel

1500 meters north of the Fabrica Punto Rojo | at the crossroads of the village of Tuetal, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My mum and I arrived after hours of travel; we had come all the way from Melbourne. We were nervous and exited to be in this amazing country. After a quick taxi ride we arrived; it was about 12:00am. We collapsed into bed before we really noticed anything. That night we heard the sounds of the forest all around us.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my second visit to Costa Rica and the Pura Vida hotel is one of my favorite places to stay. Bernie is so helpful and accommodating. Nhi's cooking is incredible. She is co-owner and the chef of the hotel and our dinner was one of the best meals we've had in a long time. We stayed in the Mariposa... More

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Washington DC
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As many others have already said, this is a truly wonderful option for staying near the San Jose Airport or for exploring attractions near San Jose. Bernie and his wife, Nhi, are the owners. We arrived late on a Friday night, exhausted and disoriented. We followed Bernie's instructions for getting a taxi to Pura Vida from the airport – which... More

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Champaign, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pura Vida Hotel is a little spot of heaven in the city of Alajuela. We stayed in the Orchid Room just steps from the main area and it was literally heavenly. The host and hostess make you feel right at home. Meals at Pura Vida are an experience in themselves and I fell in love with the fresh tropical fruit... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first heard of Pura Vida Hotel about 4 years ago - from another hotel manager where we were staying. They highly recommended Pura Vida. Last year, a friend was staying with me on the coast in Costa Rica, but she wanted to explore the inland more. I reached out to Pura Vida Hotel via website email, described her circumstances,... More

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

Hi Daniela, as always it was a pleasure to welcome you back and we wish you well with your endeavors in Costa Rica. Thanks so much for your great review and we hope to welcome you back to the "secret garden" on your next trip, Berni Manager More

Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stays at Pura Vida were brief as we spent most of our trip in Drake Bay, exploring Corcovado. But the time we did spend in Pura Vida was great. Though the hotel is only a ten minute drive from the San Jose airport, the grounds are woodsy and feel very far from the city. The rooms are very nice... More

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

Mark, thanks so much for taking the time to review us and our dinner service. We work hard to make dinner the kind of thing we want to experience on our travels and the hotel the kind of place we want to stay. We are happy it worked for you and thank you, Berni Manager More

Hannover, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel is just a great escape and a wonderful oasis! During our 2 weeks round trip to Costa Rica we stayed the first and the last night at Pura Vida. The property is kept with so much love and so many nice details, we were really impressed. As soon as you come here, the vacation does really start! The... More

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

Gracias Hanover! We do very much appreciate your observation about "seeing through the eyes of the guests" - we travel a lot and this is exactly what we want to do for our guests. Sometimes we also try to get our staff to do that - I will ask them for example to look at the garden from inside a... More

USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've stayed here on vacation for two years now and had great experiences both times. The grounds are beautiful and the casitas spotlessly clean and comfortable, Berni was always around to assist with anything we needed - calling a cab, recommending places to visit or making us laugh with his running commentaries on life in Costa Rica. He even was... More

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

Hello Rachael, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. Thanks also for posting the photos - the kids are great (including mine :-)) Bandito!). We were happy to be able to bail you out of the "rustic lodge" and have subsequently talked to the owners about it - they have taken some action I understand. Thanks alos... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Our stay with Bernie and company was wonderful. He met us as we arrived and showed us the grounds, which are lushly planted and tastefully arranged. Given that we were traveling in the off season, he offered to upgrade our Casita, which was spacious, clean, beautifully decorated, extremely comfortable and functional. Unfortunately, we didn't arrange for dinner at Pura Vida... More

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

One of the best surprises in Costa Rica was this place in Arajuela. First of all let it be clear, i don't think Arajuela is a place to be for a long time but, since its close to the airport, resting there after a long trip is a good idea. Now, speaking of the B&B... That's way different. The place... More

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Address: 1500 meters north of the Fabrica Punto Rojo | at the crossroads of the village of Tuetal, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
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