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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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    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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Montreal, QC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2008

All of the positive reviews here on trip advisor are on the money. Pura Vida was our first and last stop as well as a midway stop on our Costa Rica honeymoon. It was the perfect place for a "home base." We didn't have to deal with downtown San Jose as the hotel is in the suburb of Alajuela, a... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2008

Our flight to Costa Rica arrived late so we stayed at the Pura Vida overnight before driving to our final destination the next day. Then we also stayed at the Pura Vida on our last day in Costa Rica before our early morning flight. We originally picked the Pura Vida because of its proximity to the airport. However, we discovered... More 

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st06
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2008

We only stayed at Pura Vida for one night, but were impressed with the service. Berni accommodated a (near) last minute change in travel plans with no penalties or hassle. The hotel was clean and the management was extremely helpful in arranging tours, suggesting places to eat, and offering advice on visiting the country. We only had two disappointments: First,... More 

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SHARBOT LAKE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2008

A wonderful garden setting yet close to everything. The minute you arrive you are made to feel right at home. We stayed here twice this trip. Our Rain Forest bungalow is highly recomended for it's space,unique design and beautiful views. Berni and Nhi are wonderful hosts and the entire staff is DEDICATED. Nhi prepared a wonderful gourmet dinner and the... More 

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Idaho Falls, ID
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2008

We stayed at the Pura Vida on our last night because it was close to the airport. We enjoyed the beautiful garden; the staff was friendly and helpful, the rooms clean, and the dinner excellent. The bathroom is small but adequate. The car park is locked and safe. They help a local school by donating books and invite guests to... More 

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San Diego
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2008

We stayed here during our last few nights of our honeymoon before heading home. It's a beautiful compound, you can just sit all day long on the patio, reading and watching the birds. Everything was obviously decorated with love and care of attention. We were upgraded to the newly-renovated Rain Forest Casita, just beautiful. Unfortunately we left just as Burni... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2008

Staying at the Pura Vida Hotel was a true pleasure with understated luxury as my over all impression. I was very happy with my one night stay, and I could have stayed longer. Should I return to Costa Rica, it will be on my list of places to stay.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

The Pura Vida Hotel was the perfect start to my recent 9 days in Costa Rica. After clearing customs and grabbing a cab, in less than 10 minutes I was greeted at the gate of the Pura Vida by Neh, co-founder of the Pura Vida with her husband, Berni. The hotel is very close to the airport, making it a... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

My wife and I stayed in Pura Vida for our first night in Costa Rica during our honeymoon. We stayed in Alaujuela because we had a late flight, and one of the owner's stayed up waiting for our arrival from the airport. When she found out it was our honeymoon she graciously provided a bottle of champagne free of charge.... More 

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2008

Just came back from a 12-day trip to Costa Rica. What a great place to go. We were a diverse group: a 79-year old grandma, 4 adults and 4 teens. We all enjoyed it enormously. We stayed at Pura Vida on our first and last nights. Our host Bernie was extremely helpful. Part of our group was arriving on a... More 

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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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Number of rooms: 6
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Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
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