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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 #3 of 53 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 3 weeks ago

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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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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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We began our visit to Costa Rica by staying one night at Pura Vida Hotel. It was recommended to us by the ecolodge in the Osa Peninsula where we planned to spend the week (El Remanso - excellent!). I'm so glad that we did get to experience this incredible small inn. Berni and Nhi (and Bandito and Max...their dogs) were... More

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Fallbrook, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Just spent 2 nights at Pura Vida. Beautiful gardens and our room was spacious, clean, modern, and equipped with everything we needed. Bed was super comfy, and I loved all the personal touches that Nhi has included in the decorations all around. The morning breakfast (included with our stay) was delicious and "just the right amount" with attentive and courteous... More

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My Family stayed at Pura Vida Hotel the last two nights (July 17 & 18, 2014) before our extraordinary adventure in Costa Rica had to come to an end. Bernie and Nhi are some of the nicest folks you will meet. My son adored Bandit and playing catch with him, albeit a lime or banana skin!! The breakfast was a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stayed at Pura Vida on our first and last nights in Costa Rica (with a trip 'upcountry' in the middle. Pura Vida was a fantastic experience - wonderful rooms, showers, and dining experience. And a very safe compound feel to the entire hotel. We highly recommend it.

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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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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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