We stayed at the Buena Vista for 3 nights at the end our our two week tour of Costa Rica. The location is on top of a mountain overlooking San Jose and the view is great. The neighborhood around the hotel is quiet an uncongested, yet the airport is only about 15 minutes away. The room was clean and comfortable, with plenty of hot water and the first carpeting that we had seen in two weeks. The food in he restaurant was very good, and the steaks were outstanding. What made the place great for us was the staff. We booked the room in desperation after we arrived in Costa Rica. We had planned to bookend our trip at another nearby hotel, but the first night's stay at that hotel was so disappointing that we frantically searched for a new place. We booked the Buena Vista with David over the phone. He even emailed a detailed map to me to make it easier to find when we returned from the Caribbean. From the Buena Vista we had easy access to visit Poas, Cafe Doka, Sarchi, Grecia and Escazu. On one of the nights we arrived from our adventures after the dining room had closed. Harlem and Coco, the two guys on staff, sent up room service steaks anyway. A little while later Coco came back with cake and ice cream. Apparently my son had told them when we checked in two days earlier that it was my birthday, and they remembered. Thanks guys, you gave my family a special night. This is the only place that you should stay at the beginning and/or end of a trip to Costa Rica.
- 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