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Pura Vida Hotel

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1500 meters north of the Fabrica Punto Rojo | at the crossroads of the village of Tuetal, 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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Citrus Heights, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Fallbrook, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not the first time that we have been welcomed by Nhi, Bernie, and Bandit. Their private, secure, and welcoming piece of paradise in the middle of the city is always a stop for us when flying in or out of SJO or during a shopping trek into the city. They are truly experts for any questions you may... More 

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Appling, Georgia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My official Headquarters whenever coming into the Big City from the Campo! Have lost count how many times I've stayed; always a lovely experience. Berni and Nhi are priceless ambassadors for the entire country - knowledgable and helpful from history, culture, recreation, art, and cuisine to, of course, impeccable accommodations in architecturally interesting surroundings strategically situated throughout magnificent gardens. You... More 

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Redding, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pura Vida is a great place to stay! It's within minutes of the airport, yet charming, secluded and surrounded by beautiful gardens and fruit trees, with a quiet shaded hammock up on the hill to enjoy the breezes and views. It’s the best way to start and end your trip to Costa Rica. I will definitely stay at Pura Vida... More 

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Austin, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were just here for a night before returning from the states, but were very impressed with the grounds and room. The garden is beautiful, room was great and affordable, and the breakfast was outstanding! We will definitely return on our next trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

From the complementary taxi ride from the airport, to the beautiful garden setting and comfortable casas of the hotel, to the delicious gourmet dinner and breakfast, and the kind, helpful, knowledgeable hosts of Pura Vida - this place was perfect for us as we began and ended our trip. We rented a RAV4 through Berni and had no issues. My... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We stayed at the lovely Pura Vida Hotel on our first and last nights in Costa Rica. I highly recommend this charming, beautiful place. The hosts are extremely helpful and the meals that Nhi prepared were outstanding. The owner Berni provides a great deal of local travel information in an amusing and very helpful way. The rooms are comfortable, with... More 

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