My family of 3 stayed at the Buena Vista Hotel for an extended period prior to, and after, attending a tour of Costa Rica.
The hotel is built on the lower slopes of Poas volcano and can boast spectacular views of the central valley, and the cities of San Jose and Alajuela. Be sure to take in the view after dark, when the shimmering lights of the central valley fairly take your breath away! The location is convenient for access to Juan SantaMaria International Airport, the city of Alajuela, the Capitol (San Jose) and nearby attractions.
Hotel Buena Vista is constructed in a Spanish colonial style (at least, to me it looked that way!) and is bright and clean. Hotel grounds are immaculately kept. Every day we saw hotel staff cleaning and keeping the hotel and grounds. The hotel has a reflection garden, a beautiful lawn, a nearly-enclosed pool deck, a fantastic restaurant & bar, and an interpretive coffee trail winding through their hillside coffee plantation, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
The hotel staff went out of their way to make us feel that we were at our home-away-from-home in Costa Rica. They were willing to arrange day trips to various venues (shopping at Sarchi, Grecia's metallic church, exploring waterfalls, rainforests, cloudforests, Poas Volcano, etc.). More impressively, the staff took the time to greet us with a warm handshake each morning and whenever we returned to the hotel. They generously shared their time and knowledge of Costa Rica whenever I asked them about Costa Rica's history, culture, economics, family life, ecology or whatever topic came to my mind. Sometimes these conversations took a bit of time and - with interruptions to attend to the needs of another guest - the staff always gave us the time to help us, share with us, teach us Spanish, and treat us like family!
Did I mention the food? The food! It's tasty, nutritious and delivered in a pleasing manner. Some of the fruit is grown on the grounds (ask the staff for a tour) and the cooks make eating an experience to savor!
I cannot say enough good about these wonderful people who make Hotel Buena Vista a destination of choice! They made our arrival warm and welcome, our stay happy and comfortable, and our departure sweetly difficult! Have you ever stayed at a hotel where you couldn't leave without hugging them goodbye?
I would happily come back and stay here again.
If you want a safe, clean, quiet and happy place to base your discovery of Costa Rica from, make it the Hotel Buena Vista!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buena Vista Hotel
- Buena Vista Alajuela
- Hotel Buena Vista Costa Rica/Alajuela