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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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Jupiter, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pura Vida is my best find ever! The wonderful innkeepers and team have thought of everything to make your arrival,stay and departure effortless and enjoyable. Examples include pick up at the airport, personal drivers for excursions,beautiful accomodations and grounds,fantastic food,rental car delivery and dropoff , exchange of currancy to get you started, great map of country , local crafts and... More 

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Evanston
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22 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love, love, love this place. As adorable as the pictures. What a charming and responsive Innkeeper. Loved their website because it takes bookings decades in advance. This couldn't have been any easier to book. Lovely open air dinners. Food was incredible. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

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Edmonton, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to stay twice at Pura Vida Hotel during my stay in Costa Rica in February. My sister, brother-in-law, nephew and I stayed in the Mariposa Casita the first time. It is at the bottom of Bernie's lovely garden. On our last day in Costa Rica, Bernie upgraded us to the Toucan Casita (much appreciated). On our... More 

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Middlebury, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just returned from Costa Rica and, as always, it was delightful. We love the people, the climate and the small hotels, but most of all we love returning to Pura Vida Hotel. It is the perfect beginning and end to our visits. In addition to being close to the airport for first night/last night stops, it is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

So, here I am in Connecticut up to my waist in snow. My friend Jeff is on an airplane heading to coaster Rica for several months of teaching work. He arrives at SJO at 10 PM and I find out he's not set up with a place to stay. Yikes! I get online and after searching and calling places that... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Pura Vida Hotel was the perfect place to start and end our trip. We loved the location- like staying inside a botanical garden- an oasis of calm in a sea of chaos. Berni was so helpful in all matters, Nhi's cooking was amazing, the whole staff was so fabulous, and it was fun meeting the other guests as well. It... More 

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Dallas, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This place was an instant hit with me and my sister. We were welcomed and had much fun with Bernie and Nhi and Vincent. The breakfasts were always ready whenever we were including a 5:30 AM trip to the airport. The fabulous dinner by gormet chef Nhi is not to ge missed. We had toucan cabina. Large bedroom with queen... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We spent a night here before an early morning flight back to the U.S.----after a long trip through the rain (rainy!) forest. It was such a joy to get inside the gates where everything is pretty and comfortable, sunny and inviting. The rooms are *very nice*. We were given great, uncomplicated advice on restaurants (ate at C-Vechitos y Mas---one of... More 

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Santa Fe, NM
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155 reviews 155 reviews
48 hotel reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My husband and I have stayed at Pura Vida many times in the past 10 years and kicked off our latest visit to Costa Rica with 2 nights as guests of Berni and Nhi, the charming owners of Pura Vida. About a year ago, we contacted them to inquire about hosting a two night stay for us and 14 of... More 

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Toronto
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25 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

On our second visit to Costa Rica, we resolved to not spend too much time in the San Jose area. Our first time through we'd wound up spending 2 nights of our two week holiday in the capitol and felt the time could be better spent in other parts. That said, our travel schedule demanded one night, so when Summer... More 

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