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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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Ranked #2 of 53 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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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
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    5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My mom and I visited Costa Rica in Februrary 2014. Pura Vida was our home on our first and last days there. We stayed in the Katydid cottage the first night, and the Mariposa on the last night. Both rooms were beautiful, clean, inviting, spacious and oh-so peaceful. Personal hammocks?!? Need I say more? Berni and his team facilitated our... More

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We recently stayed at the Pura Vida on our last day in Costa Rica. This small bed and breakfast has our highest recommendation and we can be particular. We stayed in the Volcano Room and could not have been more pleased. The room was spacious and well appointed. The room has a balcony overlooking the volcano. The owner, Bernie, provides... More

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Flemington, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tired from traveling, I knew our first day in CR was one where we wanted to rest and chill. No better place (10 minutes from airport) than this lovely inn. Run by Bernie and Nhi, our fabulous and gracious hosts, it was a joy. Upon arrival, Jose mixes up his wonderful fruit smoothies to enjoy - just perfect after a... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in this beautiful oasis on our last night in Costa Rica. I selected it based upon its proximity to the airport (less than 10 minute drive) as well as the wonderful reviews. It did not disappoint. In fact, the only disappointment was ours, that we did not have more time there. In hindsight, I would have scheduled our... More

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Washington, NJ
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20 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arriving at the San Jose airport late at night, wading through the dozens and dozens of cab drivers shouting at you in spanish all trying to get you to take their taxi can be a bit daunting. Pura Vida had e-mailed explicit directions which cab to take, how to find them and a short orange taxi ride, I arrived at... More

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin, United States
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is great bed and breakfast just 10 minutes from the SJO airport in Costa. We enjoyed many of its fabulous aspects. However, a few very serious negatives pulled this down to just a "very good" rating. First the many wonderful pros: 1) gracious and enjoyable hosts; 2) beautiful large back yard with many plants and birds made this a... More

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england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pura Vida hotel was the ideal way to start (and end) our first time to Costa Rica. Our flight was delayed by 3 hours so we ended up arriving very late to the hotel but we were greeted warmly and made to feel right at home as soon as we arrived. We received a room upgrade and a yummy snack... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Hotel Pura Vida is THE place to begin and end a trip to Costa Rica--and it is an outstanding destination in itself. The owners go out of their way to ensure a no-hassle experience--and one that is also unusually enjoyable. On their website and when you arrive, they give you all the information you could possibly need to have a... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We stayed at the Pura Vida Hotel on the first and last nights of our holiday last month, and it definitely is the best hotel I've ever stayed at in Alajuela! It's only minutes away from the airport, and even though Alajuela can be quite busy and hectic, you would never know it once you're on the hotel grounds. It's... More

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Oakdale, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My wife and I spent two weeks traveling around Costa Rica, and stayed with Berni and Nhi on two occasions. Not only is the location convenient to the airport, but it’s also close to several destinations and centrally located, so it makes a great mid-point stopover or home base. Multiple things set Pura Vida apart, but first and foremost is... More

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Also Known As:
Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela
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
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pura Vida Hotel is located 4km north of the SJO International airport - we provide a free taxi pickup for international arrivals. Breakfast is included and an excellent dinner is available with reservations (or late meals for late arrivals). Touring services include car rentals delivered here, private vans and as much touring advice as you wish - we are experts on Costa Rica. We have arrangements with Toyota Car Rental for deals on car rentals. Our idea is simply that this is a place we would like to stay at when we travel. ... more   less 
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