The Pura Vida is a beautiful hotel just on the outskirts of Alajuela. It is a 10 min cab ride from the airport. We stayed in the Volcano Room which was spacious, nicely decorated with a huge bathroom, and wonderful views of the tropical gardens and Poas Volcano in the distance. We had a nice veranda overlooking all of this. It was quite a peaceful place. Berni was great. Very helpful and we enjoyed his quirky humor. Breakfast was delicious and very satisfying. It is a covered open air dining area also with views of the gardens and surrounding mountains. Make sure you are an animal lover as there are 3 German Shepherds who reside here and 1 in particular(I believe, Max) can be quite playful. No air conditioning but the room was quite comfortable with the windows open and the fan going. We used ear plugs so I couldn't hear any road noise but I suppose there can be some as there is a fairly busy road that runs near by. I only wish we could have stayed longer and hope to return some same.