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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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  • 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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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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FLORIDA
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

Don't stay here - dangerous, loud area (could not sleep) and rude owner. Compound is locked up and you cannot go out even for a walk because of the danger of the surrounding element. Three German Shepards on property for safety. Dogs barking and motor bikes running all night long. Owner curt, sarcastic and overall annoyed by guests on his... More 

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

This review proves an old adage, "you can't please all the people all the time" and obviously this guest was not pleased to be at the Pura Vida. We work very hard to ensure all guests have the best experience possible - we built the Pura Vida with the concept that it must be a place "we'd like to stay... More 

Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

While staying in Costa Rica the best service and food we had experienced was at Pura Vida. Breakfast consisted of delicious fruit, bread pudding and wonderful granola. Each dinner was fabulous and the dessert was to die for. Each staff member at Pura Vida was exteremy generous and willing to help whenever we needed it. The rooms were beautiful and... More 

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Winchester, Massachusetts, USA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Berni and his staff gave our family the best welcome to Costa Rica - from the free taxi ride from the airport to the refreshing fruit drinks served to us on the patio outside our comfortable room in the gorgeous, lush gardens of the hotel. The breakfast was great (plentiful, beautifully served and delicious). If you haven't prebooked dinner at... More 

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London
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

It's taken me so long to write this review it's embarrassing.. . but I wanted to make sure I did it eventually! My sister and i stayed at Pura Vida back in March. We hadn't done any planning for our stay in Costa Rica other than booking a single night here so our 36 hours at Pura Vida were invaluable... More 

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cape cod
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

This was the first place we stayed in our trip! It was close to the airport and easy to find. We took a taxi, which the hotel paid for (about $6). We only stayed one night, but the staff and food was fantastic! They were all so helpful with giving us ideas for our trip and calling to make reservations... More 

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Bucks County, PA
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2008

After reading so many positive reviews on this site, I decided to look into Pura Vida Hotel and am I glad I did. I can't tell you how many emails I had back and forth with Berni and how valuable his advice was in planning our trip. It becomes clear rather quickly that Berni truly loves Costa Rica and is... 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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Also Known As:
Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela

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