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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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Blacksburg Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2007

We have been to Costa Rica several times ( about once a year) and we always stay the first two nights at Pura Vida Hotel. The location is convienent to the airport, the "casitas" are all wonderful and unique, luscious gardens, wonderful food, the best staff, and knowlegeabledrivers who can take you anywhere you want. Bernie is a wealth of... More 

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Lockhart, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2007

My sister-in-law contacted the establshment by email, we stayed for 2 nights and it was a wonderful welcome to Costa Rica, the Katydid was beautifully furnished with Costa Rican art and crafts, the breakfast and dinners were creatively and eleganctly presented and also fresh and delicious, the staff was attentive and informative and had great suggestions on areas to explore... More 

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SoCal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2007

After a long flight, we appreciated the brevity of a short 10 minute taxi ride (paid by the hotel) from Juan Stantamaria airport to the Pura Vida. Within 10 minutes after check-in, we were seated in the hotel's beautiful garden sipping a delicious tropical fruit smoothie, a complimentary welcome treat from the hotel. Our casita was clean and spacious with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2007

We recommend this hotel for anyone. We had a wonderful stay and wish we could have stayed longer. The gardens are beautiful. The hosts are wonderful people and overly accomodating. The food was incredible! And the coffee was the best we had in all of Costa Rica (and that says alot).

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Maine, U.S.A.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2007

We went to Costa Rica for the first time, as two 'older' ladies, and loved the Pura Vida. We stayed at this hotel three nights at the beginning and one night at the end of our trip ( a perfect way to go). The owner, Berni, was a great correspondent by e-mail before our trip, providing in advance, both general... More 

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Medford ,Oregon
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2007

We stayed for 5 days at the end of February. It was a wonderful base to operate from in the Central Valley. Berni and Nhi were the best hosts, and Nhi the best chef in Costa Rica. They went out of their way to see that we were comfortable, happy, and wanted for nothing. The dinners, a fixed three course,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2007

We stayed in the Toucan Casita and loved it. We are a family of four and the room had a bed for us and a bed each for the kids. The grounds are beautiful. Dinner was extremely good (fresh everything; adjustments made for the kids, spices toned down automatically). Easy to get from Pura Vida to Poas Volcano, La Paz... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2007

My wife and I stayed at the Pura Vida for the last two nights of our trip to Costa Rica. The hotel is conveniently located about 3 or 4 miles from the airport but it is a little difficult to find. Be sure call ahead and get directions - something I forgot to do. The hotel is located on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2007

We traveled with two other couples and spent 2 nights at Pura Vida. What a wonderful experience!! We stayed in the Mariposa casita and we were very comfortable there. You do back up to some of the locals, but for the most part they are very quiet. It was nice to be right in the middle of the gardens with... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2007

I left Los Angeles for Costa Rica in August 2006 during a Terror Alert. Needless to say, I was exhausted when I landed in San Jose. My daughter had been there all summer with a group from University of Santa Cruz and met me at the airport. Unfortunately, I didn't realize Pura Vida Hotel offered transportation from the airport to... More 

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