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Hotel Buena Vista

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La Crescenta, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the hotel proper, upstairs room with a balcony both times we visited. Great leaving doors open for a breeze while looking out at the beautiful gardens. We recommend you get a room facing the inner garden, not the street side. Food was delicious and actually more than we could eat. A breakfast buffet would have prevented quite... More 

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our hotel and writing a review of your stay. All but one of our upstairs rooms has a balcony. They are a good choice for a room because there are nice views from them. Appreciate your comment about the food. We strive to have good food and not waste, but serving double is not excusable. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hotel Buena Vista Pros: -Exceptional homemade food made with local produce -gorgeous rooms with comfy beds -gorgeous view of San José from the room -super helpful, proud, friendly and chatty staff :) you really feel at home -beautiful pool and grounds -beautifully carved wood doors -they will do anything to accommodate your travel plans. *one of the very best hotels... More 

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. Am glad that you liked the hotel and our staff. Am especially pleased the you liked the food. We go to the farmers' market once a week to buy fresh vegetables. We buy high quality meat, sea food, and cheese. The meal then is a result of the preparation by the kitchen staff.... More 

Epsom, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hotel Buena Vista is very nice, quiet and clean. Rooms are nice and clean with a good shower. Food good, v larger portions. Efficient and friendly staff. Lovely gardens. I would recommend staying here.

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for a concise review that said it all. We appreciate your taking time to write it. Please come again- Warm regards, Ed More 

New York
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84 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place, great service. Excellent staff. Room decor stands out in a good way. Furnishings are more high end. Bathrooms are done well. Has a nice local 10 min walk/ hike within the complex. But this is more appropriate for business travelers and or couples. Kids, not sure. Place is not accessible without a car or cab, nothing close by... More 

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing our hotel. The hotel is located in a small village near the airport, but not in the city. It doesn't have the attractions offered by the city, but on the other hand offers peace and tranquility. It is more convenient to have a car or use a taxi. There is a bust stop within half a... More 

Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this hotel! Located in a friendly neighborhood just a short drive from San Jose Airport. Avoid the boring airport hotels and get yourself a lovely room here with views of the Central Valley. The staff is wonderful and truly believes in offering top-notch guest service. We would gladly stay here again!

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We chose the location for the hotel in the beginning for three reasons, it was close to the airport and not far from the Poas Volcano and offers outstanding views of the valley below. Since then there is another important advantage. The traffic from the airport to San José is extremely heavy. To avoid delays... More 

Waitsfield, Vermont, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travel to Costa Rica multiple times a year and Hotel Buena Vista is by far my favorite place to stay. My trip last week ended with a real treat as I stayed in one of their Villas. Wow! My only complaint is that I did not stay more than one night. The room was large and clean and comfortable,... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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127 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We had a later arrival flight out of Europe and stayed in this hotel before starting our trip in the country. As the restaurant was close (11pm) the hotel prepared sandwishes and fresh fruit. Our room was on the first floor with view on the pool. The room was small for 3 persons but we managed. The bathroom and room... More 

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Thank Rodriek
BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our hotel. Think that you were in room 103 which is our smallest room. We are sorry that you were inconvenienced. The room is fine for two people, but not three. We have advised reception to not assign the room to three guests. Our other rooms are fine for three guests, and our villas... More 

Dingmans Ferry PA USA
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

We fell in love with the Hotel Buena Vista! We spent 6 nights in Manuel Antonio area and spent the day before our flight back home to NY in San Jose at the Buena Vista. The place is spotless! The staff is unbelievably friendly, the villas are absolutely beautiful and well appointed, beds were comfortable, the restaurant was excellent and... More 

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our hotel. Your review was outstanding for the number of people whose names you remembered, and the details of each facet of the hotel operation. You only spent one night here which is all the more remarkable for the amount of information you retained. We are proud of our staff, and the service... More 

Sierra Madre, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

I have been to Costa Rica several times and like to visit a different part of the country every time I come here. So this is my first time staying here at Hotel Buena Vista. Let me start with the pros: I am staying with my two teenagers in a Villa. The Villa is absolutely Beautiful!!! The beds are extremely... More 

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our hotel. We appreciate your kind comments about the hotel and the fact that the problems you had were otherwise. Your flight was delayed five hours so you were naturally exhausted. The hotel shuttle was at the airport at twelve when your flight arrived. .The driver normally waits an hour for guest to exit... More 

Austin
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35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Only a 15minute ride from SJO, but feels like a world away. Free airport transfers. A very nice coffee trail where we saw many birds. Nice pool and courtyard area. Breakfast was very nice. We had an upper floor balcony room. Views were great. Nice place!

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for writing. You covered about everything which am happy that you liked. Please visit us again. Ed More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
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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: $126 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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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
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