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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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north carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

My parents, my husband and two children (twins aged 11) stayed here at the beginning and the last two days of our two week visit to Costa Rica . Berni offers the most exotic fruit platters for breakfast. He also set us up with the best guide-Esterling Alfaro. He is a very friendly, bilingual driver who took us to Monteverde... More 

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North Carolina
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

My family and I started and ended our two week adventure at the Pura Vida Hotel. Berni and Nhi made us feel very welcome and this is a great place to start and end a Costa Rica adventure. As soon as you arrive, you are taken to your room and served a refreshing tropical welcome drink. We stayed in the... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

My husband and I have been fans of the Pura Vida Hotel since we first stayed there back in 2005. Berni and Nhi are gracious, kind hosts, and the dinners are wonderful! On our most recent trip I waited too long to reserve and they were booked for our first few nights in Costa Rica, but luckily had a room... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

After reading the great reviews on Tripadvisor I tried to book the Pura Vida for my trip to Costa Rica next month. Sadly, they were already full for my dates. But that didn't stop the owner, Berni, making excellent recommendations for alternatives, and even reserving a hire car for me--to be delivered to a completely different hotel. He replied immediately... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

This was our second time at Pura Vida and again we were not disappointed. Bernie and Nhi are gracious hosts and they provide a wonderful stress free place to stay. The dinner and breakfast were excellent. The fruit smoothie was my daughters favorite of the entire trip. In addition to being great hosts, they also are very supportive of the... More 

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Sussex
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2009

We stayed at the Pura Vida for 4 days at the beginning of our stay in Costa Rica and 1 night before flying home back to London. We arrived tired in the evening and were greeted by Berni and the 3 wonderful dogs and were shown to our Toucan Casita. What a wonderful place....the grounds are beautifully landscaped with paths... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2009

My friend and I took a taxi from San Jose to Pura Vida(which they paid for) and didn't know what to Expect,but when the taxi pulled up and we rang the bell,we were greeted like old friends! We were told by a friend that he and his wife and son travel to Costa Rica twice a year and always begin... More 

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Calgafy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

We decided to stay at the Pura Vida originally because of it's very convenient proximity to the Airport. We booked in on arrival and departure to just make those transitions easy. Our stay there was more than "easy", it was totally delightful in almost every way that you could judge a hotel. The environment (a tropical hillside garden and ex-coffee... More 

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san francisco
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19 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2009

Pura Vida was our first accommodation upon arrival into Costa Rica. We got in late, but we're in for a treat in the morning. The grounds are amazing. A beautiful little haven in Alajuela. Berni was very helpful at arranging trips for us during our stay. Our first day we had Alex take us to a coffee farm, his butterfly... More 

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ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

We stayed at Pura Vida the night we arrived and the night before we left Costa Rica. It was perfect - very close to the airport so convenient in terms of travel times. However, this is no airport hotel. It was beautiful - the grounds and gardens, garden art, and the individual villas. Banana trees, flowers, birds, hammocks, garden furniture...... More 

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