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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 53 Alajuela B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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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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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Pura Vida Hotel on the last night of our 2.5-week trip to Costa Rica. Our group of five stayed in the Katydid Casita, and the layout was just perfect for our group. The grounds are beautiful, with many plants and birds. It is very relaxing and peaceful inside the compound.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to Costa Rica and we could not have found a better entry and departure accommodation. The cassitas were clean, roomy, and decorated with art and crafts of the region that the owner's collected. The property grounds were nicely landscaped,and secure. Best of all was the wealth of knowledge Bernie imparted about travel around the country... More

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Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have stayed at Pura Vida for the past two years on our entry and departure from our Costa Rican holidays, and have received great travel information from Bernie who has given us excellent ideas as to where to stay and visit throughout Costa Rica.as well as arranging car rentals etc, the Meals here were superb, rooms were great, everything... More

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Loveland, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived early after an overnight flight(7am) and had a delightful breakfast, then were able to check in early. The gourmet dinner later that evening, prepared and served by Nhi and Berni was superb! Room, food, service was everything we hoped for. But best of all- the help we received before we arrived, with touring ideas and suggestions. They asked... More

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Alexis is indeed a most excellent guide - he spent years in the coffee business and today, on his farm, grows pupaes for butterfly attractions in Costa Rica. His flora and fauna knowledge is often called on when someone can't identify something or needs an expert in some field - we have had the pleasure... More

Billings, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The owner, Bernie, gave us exceptional attention; not to much, not to little. Small touches, such as fresh flowers in our room and on the dining table, were impressive. Bernie is intelligent, kind, and friendly. He is honest and frank in speech and a bit of a scholar on the history of Costa Rica. His love of the region is... More

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

I find it very hard to disagree with a word you say :-)) Gracias and thanks for taking the time to say it! Berni Manager More

Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mom and I visited Costa Rica in Februrary 2014. Pura Vida was our home on our first and last days there. We stayed in the Katydid cottage the first night, and the Mariposa on the last night. Both rooms were beautiful, clean, inviting, spacious and oh-so peaceful. Personal hammocks?!? Need I say more? Berni and his team facilitated our... More

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Felicia & Mary for the really nice review. We look forward to you joining the many returnees we see every year, thank you again, Berni Manager More

Escondido, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently stayed at the Pura Vida on our last day in Costa Rica. This small bed and breakfast has our highest recommendation and we can be particular. We stayed in the Volcano Room and could not have been more pleased. The room was spacious and well appointed. The room has a balcony overlooking the volcano. The owner, Bernie, provides... More

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Flemington, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tired from traveling, I knew our first day in CR was one where we wanted to rest and chill. No better place (10 minutes from airport) than this lovely inn. Run by Bernie and Nhi, our fabulous and gracious hosts, it was a joy. Upon arrival, Jose mixes up his wonderful fruit smoothies to enjoy - just perfect after a... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in this beautiful oasis on our last night in Costa Rica. I selected it based upon its proximity to the airport (less than 10 minute drive) as well as the wonderful reviews. It did not disappoint. In fact, the only disappointment was ours, that we did not have more time there. In hindsight, I would have scheduled our... More

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Washington, NJ
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20 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arriving at the San Jose airport late at night, wading through the dozens and dozens of cab drivers shouting at you in spanish all trying to get you to take their taxi can be a bit daunting. Pura Vida had e-mailed explicit directions which cab to take, how to find them and a short orange taxi ride, I arrived at... More

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Also Known As:
Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela
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
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #2 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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