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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here on our last night but wish we had stayed here for the first night of the trip to. It's close to the airport and Alajuela is less hectic than san jose. We got upgraded and the room we were put in was lovely. It was clean and spacious with sun loungers out the front so you can... More 

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Gambrills, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent both our first and last nights in Costa Rica at the Pura Vida. While we originally chose it based merely on convenience, it turned out much more than that! We spent our first afternoon with Berni and Nhi at the Farmer's Market, sampling new fruits and vegetables. Bernie and Nhi provided a running commentary on all we saw,... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We loved the hotel. It was home away from home. Very comfortable and clean and the staff we very friendly. Lots of plants to see and birds to watch. We had family over for a visit and the staff was very nice to our visitors. Felt safe the entire time we were there. I will plan to stay there again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Pura Vida, Tuetal, 7th March 2015; length of stay, 1 night Couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay first night in Costa Rica. Just 15 minutes drive north of San Jose airport, beautiful gardens, rooms bright and tastefully well furnished, beds nicely comfortable. Breakfast fabulous, Berni and the staff gave us our first taste of that wonderfully understated,... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A great place to stay! We needed a place to stay one night in San Jose to catch an early morning flight and Pura Vida was a great start to our trip in Costa Rica. We stayed in the Volcano room and loved our accommodations. The grounds are wonderfully maintained, and you wake up to an oasis of flowers and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We recently took a trip to Costa Rica where we enjoyed our first day and last day stays at the Pura Vida Hotel in Alajuela. Berni made the arrangements for our rental car and with his Costa Rica map opened took the time to show us some additional places to visit that we had not thought of. Our room was... More 

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