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“Good quality for a decent price” 4 of 5 stars
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Pura Vida Hotel & Restaurant
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| 300 Meters West of the Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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“Good quality for a decent price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed a really comfy and clean room. The shower was just perfect! and for a correct price. The only thing is that the reception is not opened all the time... so you have to be lucky to be able to ask something special to the owner.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

Stayed two nights at end Oct here. Room was clean, with TV, AC, free Wifi, private bathroom and reasonably priced. Got a room for just paying a bit more of a dorm bed.

Some tour price was really competitive when compare with others agencies in downtown.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

Can't comment on their rooms, but I had lunch there, as the restaurant was situated right opposite from where I stayed. It was possibly the worst Chinese food I've ever had anywhere (the best thing I could say about it is that it took them about three minutes to "prepare" it). When in addition to what was already way overpriced they applied a 10 % service charge, I couldn't help but to tell the lady who had apparently prepared it that it hadn't been to my liking. She shrugged it off - as long as I paid she clearly didn't give a sh** whether a customer was satisfied or not. This place is a tourist trap.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

We chose this place for one night (no reservations, just walked in off the street) because we got into La Fortuna late and needed a place to stay quickly. We were traveling with our 19-month-old daughter and needed to get her to bed after a long day. The staff were friendly, and the price was reasonable. However, the room seemed a bit stale and old, and the bedding looked like it needed replacing. While the beds were comfortable, the room was sparse on features (like a chair), and the window coverings needed updating. All in all, it served our purposes as a place to crash for the night, but if you are going to base yourself in La Fortuna for a while, I wouldn't stay here for long.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2010

This place was terrible. The people that own it are should not be in the hotel or service industry. We needed to have our bags held for the morning until our bus came for us to leave and they wanted to charge us the rpice of the room for the day! Then the rooms smelt, the walls were paper thin so sleeping was not an option and there were spider webs and spiders in all corners. Not very friendly or clean.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2009

Clean room, minimal decoration, but the price was really good, we were not going to stay in our room most of the time, there are so much to see and do, so that was fine for us. not far from town.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2008

We had had a horrible day prior to arriving at Pura Vida, but luckily it turned around then. Our bag had been stolen on the bus from San Jose to La Fortuna (NEVER leave your bag in the overhead shelf on a bus), and when we got to town, we had to search for the police station to submit a report. The police directed us to a hotel across town that was fully booked, and they directed us to the hostel next door which was also booked. Luckily they directed us to Pura Vida. It was exactly what we needed. We paid $40 for a nice room with a huge shower with hot water. There was also cable TV. We had dinner here twice, and both times were excellent. The staff was very friendly and helpful, even let us make phone calls about our stolen bag. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from "downtown" La Fortuna (I use the term loosely) so it was a bit quieter here, though there are still some noisy trucks and dirt bikes that speed by. But overall a great place to stay.

  • Liked — big, clean room with big shower
  • Disliked — the noise from the road
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: | 300 Meters West of the Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 63 Hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Number of rooms: 124
Also Known As:
Pura Vida Hotel & Restaurant Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park

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