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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2008

The Pura Vida was the perfect place to spend our first night in Costa Rica. We stayed in the Toucan Casita and had plenty of room. There was a living room and a bedroom with 2 twin beds and a queen and our family of 4 was very comfortable. The room was spotlessly clean with fresh flowers and had every... More 

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Suttons Bay, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

We arrived at the Pura Vida Hotel at 11pm and left at 8am the following morning so our experience there was limited but quite positive. We stayed in the Rainforest Casita, which was simply but nicely done with a huge, beautiful bathroom, cozy living area and king bed. The gardens on the grounds are gorgeous and it smelled so good... More 

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Washington, DC
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2008

We stayed at the Pura Vida one night in February on our way back through San Jose from Arenal to Drake Bay. The co-owner, Berni quickly checked us in and escorted us to our room, the Mariposa, filling us in on the hotel information as we went. The room has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sitting area and kitchenette. Furnishings were... More 

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15 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2008

This lovely enclave just outside the bustle of Alajuelo is a perfect place to begin, end or actually stay while visiting Costa Rica. Berni and his wife are transplants from the US and bring a worldly ease to helping travellers feel comfortable and welcome. We arrived just at dark and appreciated the explicit directions (including a tip should the road... More 

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Hamilton, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2008

We arrived from wintry Canada late in the evening and were welcomed by Rebecca and Berni. They had prepared a delicious boxed snack for us, and upgraded us to the Volcano Studio room, which was tastefully decorated and very comfortable. In the morning the room was a bit noisy due to heavy traffic on the road that runs alongside the... More 

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Atlanta
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2008

Bernie & Nhi are some of the most hospitable property owners we have ever met. This is a beautiful property in a beautiful country. The gardens are gorgeous and the casitas are well-appointed with lots of the little extras that make you feel at home. We stayed two nights after arriving in the country and stayed in the Volcano Room.... More 

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Mays Landing,NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

This was our second visit to Pura Vida, and we loved it both times. The casitas are clean and comfortabele. The grounds are beautiful-privateand quiet iwth beautiful birds and flowers. The dinners, prepared by the owners, were some of the best we've ever had. And the breakfasts, included in the price, tasted great and were almost too pretty to eat!... More 

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Stanberry, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

My wife and I travel with my sister and her husband. My sister picked this hotel (probably better referred to as a bed and breakfast with cabinas) for the location proximity to the airport. After a few days in south C.R. we checked into the Pura Vida and were greeted by Berni, Yagi and a couple other German Shepherds. Berni... More 

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costa rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2008

I found this hotel thru a new book on bed and breakfasts, small inns, etc. called Sleeping With the Toucans by Chris Fields and Alison Tinsley...it is a great book with good reviews of the 100 b and bs they have reviewed. Pura Vida is close to the international airport in San Jose and they provide a free taxi ride... More 

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2008

As so many other reviews state, this is a great place to start and end your Costa Rica trip. It is also a great base for day trips in the Central Valley. But just using it as a stop over is selling it short. We stayed our first night and the last three nights of our trip. The cab ride... More 

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