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Tuetal Sur 4km North of SJO International Airport, Alajuela 20101 Costa Rica
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#1 of 87 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.8
Value
4.7
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
The Pura Vida Hotel is located 4km north of the SJO International airport - we provide a free taxi pickup for international arrivals. Breakfast is included and an excellent dinner is available with reservations (or late meals for late arrivals). Touring services include car rentals delivered here, private vans and as much touring advice as you wish - we are experts on Costa Rica. We have arrangements with Alamo Car Rental for deals on car rentals. Our idea is simply that this is a place we would like to stay at when we travel.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Car hire
Taxi service
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
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Private balcony
Safe
Private bathrooms
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Kitchenette
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Vietnamese
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Robert S wrote a review Nov 10
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We have stayed at Pura Vida Hotel several times, and each time, it has been an outstanding experience. Berni makes the travel process in Costa Rica smooth and easy. From transportation to and from the airport, to setting up a GREAT deal on rental car, preparing a delicious meal, or just sitting enjoying a bottle of wine with you, no detail is overlooked. The hotel is a complete gem, the rooms are fabulous, and the cost is on point. Berni also made some fabulous recommendations of places to visit while in CR. If you are planning a trip to Cost Rica, I highly recommend your entry and exit starts with Berni and Pura Vida. You will not be disappointed. We will be back again in 2023 and are looking forward to staying with Berni again!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 2 weeks ago
And thanks for bringing "all" your brothers on the family reunion - you are all hoots! See you next trip, Berni
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vegetarian-girl wrote a review Nov 9
Austin, Texas348 contributions120 helpful votes
We stayed 1 evening after a week of turtle conservation & loved meeting the most easy-going & lovely owners & staying on their beautiful property. The room was well-appointed & very spacious, the location convenient, & they packed us breakfast boxes to go for the early flight. Of greater importance, the owners have much heart & are supportive of their community, encouraging guests to value & do the same. A worthy encounter.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much for the review - and like all worthy encounters the feeling was mutual. Bon voyage! Berni
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Tava B wrote a review Oct 2022
This was the smartest reservation I made! We started and ended our trip at Pura Vida. After a long day of traveling, we were picked up at the airport and safely delivered to Pura Vida hotel. We were offered a dinner but chose to use Uber back into town For a late night meal. The next morning, Bernie had arranged to have our rental car delivered to the hotel and we were off! After two weeks of traveling, we made our back to Pura Vida hotel, dropped off the car, and stayed the night. Bernie even arranged a taxi ride to the airport for us at 4 AM and saw us off! All of the hard work was done for us. The casita that we stayed in had comfortable beds and two bathrooms. The breakfast was standard fair. Bernie is a hoot! I recommend staying at At this hotel, and in fact the next time we go to Costa Rica, we will spend a few more days to explore the surrounding areas. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks and you guys were a hoot to have here - thanks so much for the review and see you back next trip - hey after all near SJO it's us or the Holiday Inn Express :-)) Berni
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David D wrote a review Oct 2022
13 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at Pura Vida with Bernie and Nhi, while flying in and out of SJO. Bernie met us upon our late arrival, payed the taxi fare, ensured we had our pre arranged dinners in hand, and escorted us to our room. On our very early departure Bernie arranged a cab, and ensured that our driver knew our destination. Very helpful host. Comfortable rooms and beds. Very clean. Our rooms included multiple beds, a kitchenette, a safe, a sitting area, and an extraordinary book that describes everything you may need to know on your stay in San Jose/ Costa Rica. Staff member Jose served us a beautiful breakfast of fruit, sweet bread, yogurt and juice. Jose is a very gracious gentleman. Good service and very tasty food.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for taking the time to review, glad to know everything worked out for you, Berni
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Max wrote a review Oct 2022
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We booked to stay here for 1 night on the premise that is was close to the airport and it had a bit of character about it, rather than a dull airport hotel. It was the start of our trip, arriving late at night and it turned out to be a proper gem! Our villa was really large, with loads of amenities. The host, Berni, is super friendly and accommodating, helping us with loads of questions and suggestions for our trip. There’s also loads of wildlife in the gardens which kept us busy in the morning before our pick-up. Will definitely be staying here again if/when we come back to Costa Rica.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hey there Max, appreciate you taking the time to review us and thanks so much for repatriating "Lil Peanut" back to the UK - Gilda's lost childhood friend. If/when? Let's hope we see you next year eh? Delightful to have you guys here, Berni
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Isa C wrote a review Oct 2022
Our stay at Pura Vida Hotel with Berni and Nhi was amazing! The Garden was stunning and the Casitas were very comfy and nice. The Breakfast and the Late Night Snack were tasty and the dogs were super cute :) It felt like home! The Staff and the owners were helpful and super nice. We highly recommend it! ❤️
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: It was just Perfect!
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Delighted to hear "it felt like home" . . . . our premise starting this place may years ago was to make it "a place we would like to stay" . . . Bandit & Ziva say hi! Berni
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Kimberly F wrote a review Oct 2022
Heredia, Costa Rica5 contributions3 helpful votes
Loved staying here with my parents right before our travel to the US. We left our car during our vacation and they took good care of it. They also kindly packed a breakfast for us at 4am, this was amazing. We truly enjoy spending time with the owners and will continue to stay here when in Alajuela. It really doesn't feel like the city, their space is a Hiden Paradise. Pura Vida!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
We look forward to your next visit, thanks for the review! Berni
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Flyer62236296231 wrote a review Oct 2022
Very good food and hospitality for us 4, would really recommend! Good spot to park the car, good service for getting to the airport and even an upgrade to another bigger house which was available. Kind owners!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the review, and yes if something is available to upgrade you to, we will. Thank you for coming, Berni
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Jburd16 wrote a review Oct 2022
Dallas, Texas26 contributions14 helpful votes
Bernie and his staff are excellent hosts. They truly care about making your transition in and out of the country smooth and easy. We stayed on our way in and out. When we arrived a sandwich and beer were ready for us, and when we departed breakfast was packed to go for the airport. The hotel gardens are an oasis in the city. We will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the review . . . . as we say "after all we could have a real job", we enjoy helping you and so many more in and out of the country. Cmon back! Berni
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Choichun L wrote a review Oct 2022
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I came across Pura Vida Hotel after missing a flight connection and luckily was able to secure a last-minute room here. It's a quick ride from the airport and on arrival, I was transported from the bustle of San Jose city to a tranquil compound with a massive garden abundant with plants, big and small that I thought I was in the countryside. You are greeted by Berni and his wife Nhi, Ziva, and Bandito the dogs, with such warmth that you know instantly this place is special. I felt at ease and relaxed. My room was tastefully decorated, clean, spacious, and welcoming, like a small apartment, I felt very secure and at home there. The breakfast is amazing, and Berni is a wealth of interesting information about Costa Rica that opened up my mind to so many more possibilities for my stay that I had previously not had. Wifi is excellent, access to taxis, and a late dinner was taken care of for me. Bernie and his team made a stressful travel delay, instead, a delight. I would recommend this place highly, the energy here is special, I was very happy I missed my flight that day. Thank you ❤️
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Thanks for the delightful review. You got me thinking, best wishes for your amazing future helping shift the dialog, Berni
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PRICE RANGE
$100 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
pura vida alajuela, hotel pura vida
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaAlajuela
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pura Vida Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Pura Vida Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (3.6 miles), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (1.3 miles), and Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pura Vida Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Pura Vida Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Pura Vida Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Pura Vida Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pura Vida Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ragu, Taj Mahal - An Ethnic Indian Restaurant, and Pesqueria da Limonta.
Does Pura Vida Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Pura Vida Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pura Vida Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Does Pura Vida Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.