We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Hotel Buena Vista

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Hotel Buena Vista
View Map
{"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null,"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}}}
Add Photo Write a Review

631 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 508: English reviews
Start your review of Hotel Buena Vista
 Click to rate
New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a nice place to unwind after flying into Costa Rica from New York City. It is only about 40 minutes from the airport and so peaceful. I took a stroll through the little garden, had a great dinner and enjoyed the wonderful shower. It is beautifully landscaped with all kinds of lovely tropical plants and flowers.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank legzlie
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

if you are arriving late & just need a place to sleep this may not be the best choice to truly appreciate this place you may want to spend a couple days here.Rooms are clean & very well kept. we got in late & i missed the part about booking the shuttle in advance so we took a taxi there.Keys...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank 66SS427
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for writing. The hotel provides a free shuttle by prior arrangement from and to the airport from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. Cleanliness is very important, and the hotel exceeds at that. The head of our cleaning department has been with the hotel since it began 22 years ago. The principlas in cleaning are perfectionists. The restaurant closes...

Princeton, NJ
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gracious, low-key hotel set in well-maintained gardens with a patio, terrace, pool, flowers, birds, and a stunning view. It is ideally located between city and country: go north uphill, and you're in coffee, dairy, and strawberry country, on your way to natural attractions; go south, down, and you're soon at the airport. Rooms are spacious, comfortable, and well-appointed. Staff are...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank wws68
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you very much for writing. The hotel is located north of the airport and west of San José. Most places tourists visit are easily reached from here. We don't have the San José traffic, and once out of the town of Alajuela, the road is clear. A hotel away from the city should be low key where a guest...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family first stayed here in 2005 and it quickly became our favorite airport hotel. It is located only 9 kilometers from the SJO airport but up high, above the noise of the city and airport and the hotel had personality, unlike the major chain hotels. The staff MADE the beautiful hotel. They were courteous and fun. Our sons, now...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank UniversityParkMom
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

We really appreciate your review and your writing about how you first came and why you left for other hotels. Harlem, the manager, is an excellent manager and was with the hotel for 12 years before. He is very knowledgeable, and among other things is an expert on birds. You called the owner wise which is the first and only...

Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 1 week ago

This nice hotel is about 20 minutes from the airport. Hotel staff will pick you up from the airport or take you there for free (just a small tip for the driver). Our room was small but comfortable. The hotel is very quiet. Breakfast is included and very good.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank RB324
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing our hotel. We like to be of service to our guests ,and that includes picking them up or taking them to the airport. Tips are not mentioned in our vans, and are not promoted by the hotel. Ed

israel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel Buena Vista is located in a tiny village a few kilometers from Alajuela, which is a few kilometers outside of San Jose. It’s a lovely hotel with lovely views and a very helpful staff. The hotel will provide you with a free shuttle to and from the airport. Our only complaint was the weak water pressure in the shower.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank sssteveg
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review of our hotel. Thanks also for telling us about not having enough water pressure in the shower. We are checking all the rooms, and will correct the problem. We are in a small village called las Pilas. Pilas in Spanish means sinks or a small batteries. Maybe you can help us find out which...

Glencoe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here at the beginning and end of our birding group program. The hotel is beautiful, and the staff are very friendly. They offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. The rooms are large, clean, and the beds are very comfortable. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and the view of the Central Valley and volcanos is awesome....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank ChgoCookie
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We receive a number of birding groups, and for that reason have done a number of sightings of birds to see how many and of what kinds there are on the property. We have recorded over a hundred species of birds. The manager is interested in birds, and when time permits gives tours to guests.Some...

Brighton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is conveniently situated about 20 minutes from the airport. Our room was large with a nice balcony, and the bathroom had a large shower area. The bed was really comfortable, but the sheet had holes in it. The chicken and steak we had for dinner were both good. Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, toast, cake, fresh...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank DaveDee
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You have told us something that never heard before, and hope that never hear again. Always considered the hotel to be somewhat holy because we are across the street from the church. We are now better known as the hole sheet hotel. Thanks for letting us know. Ed

Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for a night at the beginning and end of our holiday in Costa Rica because it was less than 30 minutes from the main international airport. For that purpose it was perfect- transfers to and from the airport were included, easily arranged and worked seamlessly. But that does it a disservice because it offers so much more....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Ian C
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You have detailed the salient features of the hotel. Our purpose is to make the hotel so enjoyable that guests will feel that they had a good time here, and would like to come back. The spectacular views of the central valley are especially wondersome at night when one can see thousands of lights in...

uk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used one of the lodges. These are enormous and have a large balcony which have views out over the valley where San Jose sprawls. You do have to look through the trees to get a clear view but it is nice to be above the noise and bustle of the city. It is just off the steep road going...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank colin49uk
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. The hotel restaurant doesn't face the valley. We have tables outside outside on the patio facing the pool and flowers. where guests can be served. The food is good. A safe would be helpful as you point out. We do have a company safe available at the reception for guests. Like your comment...

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

339 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (327)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (117)
Viewed
Room/Suite (49)
Viewed
Dining (17)
Viewed
View from Room (37)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (27)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (8)
Viewed
Bathroom (15)
Viewed
0:56
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (56)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (12)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (2)
Viewed
Other (8)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Alajuela hotels
0.8 mi away
Xandari Resort & Spa
Xandari Resort & Spa
#1 of 30 in Alajuela
785 reviews
5.5 mi away
Hotel La Rosa de America
Hotel La Rosa de America
#5 of 30 in Alajuela
627 reviews
3.9 mi away
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose Airport
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.2 mi away
Villa San Ignacio
Villa San Ignacio
#9 of 30 in Alajuela
104 reviews
3.8 mi away
Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela
0.6 mi away
Tacacori EcoLodge
Tacacori EcoLodge
#7 of 30 in Alajuela
353 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
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 

Additional Information about Hotel Buena Vista

Address: Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: $127 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Agoda and Hotels.com so you can book your Hotel Buena Vista reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Buena Vista Hotel
Buena Vista Alajuela
Hotel Buena Vista Costa Rica/Alajuela
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travelers have asked, with answers from Hotel Buena Vista staff and other travelers.
9 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (9)

Questions? Get answers from Hotel Buena Vista staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“villas are very nice for a larger group with nice views of the city”
 of 5 bubbles 66SS427, 2 days ago | Read review
“Ground-floor rooms with patio views can be noisy when groups gather.”
 of 5 bubbles wws68, 2 days ago | Read review
“No elevator to second floor.”
 of 5 bubbles ChgoCookie, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Room 3 was nice”
 of 5 bubbles DaveDee, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Worth paying for a garden view room with balcony if you're staying for more than just a night's sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles IanC466, 2 weeks ago | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question