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270 m south of bus stop, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Hotel Pura Vida
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My sister and I backpacked Central America for a little over a month, and we agree that Pura Vida was by far the most lovely hotel we stayed in on our trip. It was also the most expensive place we stayed on our trip - $38USD a night, but it's a steal, considering western standards. I expect from what I... More

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

For a budget hotel this place is amazing. Clean, elegant, with a great garden and a relaxed vibe. The breakfast (at $7) is a joke, but the rest of our stay here was a pleasure. Hot water, clean rooms, a nice strong fan and a good breeze, it's hard to complain. Prices are a tad higher than the budget backpacker... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Pura Vida is a very nice hotel in comparison to a couple of disasters around town. Do not stay at a hostel as a couple they are disgusting! Spend a little bit extra a night and u get Pura Vida. Clean, friendly staff, lots of room and value...the only thing that really annoyed us was the Mosquitos! My god they... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

We spent two weeks on the Caribbean Coast, and stayed in five different hotels. This was the clear winner - and also one of the cheapest! Comfortable and spacious room, very clean, and helpful owners. Hotel in general a very calm and pleasant place. Probably wouldn't suit you if you're looking for a noisy, sociable hostel vibe - this place... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This hotel has excellent valued rooms. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the grounds are very clean and well kept. The rooms are spacious and are cleaned daily, as is the shared bathroom. We enjoyed our stay and thought we were getting the best valued rooms in town, however it was very loud at night. The neighbours dogs... More

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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Hotel Pura Vida was our base for Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. Although our room was right next to the reception, we did not have any problems with noise. The room was quite spacious, and had musquito nets. The hotel is really nicely decorated, making it a nice environment. The staff was very friendly and gave a good explanation of the... More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Lovely setting. Rooms spacious with lovely bathrooms and hot water. Beds not very comfy and rooms got quite hot. Fans not very good and were noisy. Also the windows don't have glass on them so can be a bit noisy. We were unlucky as there was a children's party in the evening, dogs barking and a car alarm. Staff were... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I've stayed at Hotel Pura Vida a number of times often recommending it to friends and family who visit the Puerto Viejo area. I first stayed with them in June 2012 and had a wonderful experience however, did notice an odd exchange between the owner and a potential guest who asked to see a room and was confronted rudely when... More

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New York City
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I'd stayed at Pura Vida before and hadn't had too much interaction with staff. Recently a friend went and had a really bad experience so I was hesitant to return, but had already made a reservation. Moral of the story: should have trusted my instincts. We were in the 5 person room and talking at night when the owner banged,... More

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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

A cheap, clean, nice hotel close to beach. Worth the price, but the staff has been extremely rude. We came in at nine thirty at night, as a group, we had no problem. We were just getting into to bed and chatting as a group. Around ten fifteen he bangs on our door and says that he has warned us... More

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Address: 270 m south of bus stop, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hotel Pura Vida Costa Rica/Limon

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