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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 52 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We can't say enough good comments about our luck in meeting Bernie and Nhi in their lovely hideaway near the airport. If you have the fortune to be traveling or staying near San Jose, this is your place. Not only is it an oasis in the city scape, but the grounds are really beautiful and filled with flora and birds... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Pura Vida on both ends of our trip and absolutely loved it! The bungalows are comfortable (we stayed in two different bungalows, both complimentary upgrades from what we had booked), there is plenty of room to relax and have privacy from the other guests. We thoroughly enjoyed strolling through their beautiful garden and sitting outside listening to... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Pura Vida for one night at the end of our stay in Costa Rica...mostly because it is close to the airport. Despite a late arrival and stress of having to retrieve a bag we left on local transportation, Pura Vida was a peaceful respite. Berni was welcoming and very helpful, which was especially appreciated after a long... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Pura Vida on the way to and from the airport during our holiday in Costa Rica. It is very conveniently located and, using the hotel's free taxi service, we made it from the San Jose airport in less than fifteen minutes. Bernie and his staff were very kind and even helped us with our luggage. The... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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 September 7, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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

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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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Number of rooms: 6
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