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Pura Vida Hotel

Tuetal Sur 4km North of SJO International Airport, Alajuela 20101 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Travelers' Choice
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
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Secured parking
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Ironing service
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Vietnamese
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cmsflorence wrote a review Jun 16
Las Vegas, Nevada369 contributions101 helpful votes
Berni and Nhi are the perfect hosts. We arrived for the first time in Costa Rica and easily made our way from the airport to the Pura Vida Hotel. We had a cabin with 2 beds and 2 baths. It had a lovely outdoor seating area that was private. We spent a week in this home enjoying the beautiful garden area which was almost like staying in a botanical garden. The breakfast was always fresh, plentiful, and very healthy. We had some wonderful evening meals home-cooked by Nhi. Berni has created a garden with many plant varieties including orchids that are labeled with very interesting facts. Our hosts have many contacts around the country and in the neighborhood. Every day, we learned many facts about Costa Rica including its very astonishing history. We had an amazing coffee tour that was unique. A visit to the herb (botanical garden) farm with its perfect lunch is not to be missed. We are going to stay in 4 more places that are recommended by Berni. I could not recommend this property any higher. I would give in 10 stars if I could.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: All the cabins are private.
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Richard G wrote a review May 2021
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5 days in a hidden garden of natural paradise. Excellent host with an amazing knowledge of local history and experience of helping tourists decide the best way to see the country. I highly recommend even for 1 day.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Berni , Owner at Pura Vida Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for coming - and appreciate your perspective as a "local" now. Do come on back when you need a break from paradise at the beach :-)
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Stephen A wrote a review May 2021
3 contributions
Spacious rooms and beautiful surroundings - what else are you looking for? How about a hotel manager who doubles as an entertainer. We really enjoyed our time here and the hotel staff was very conscientious about COVID guidelines.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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adventuresomecali wrote a review Apr 2021
N. Calif131 contributions44 helpful votes
This lovely place has separate casitas spaced out in beautifully landscaped gardens. No one else was there but even if they had been, we wouldn't have known. Close to the airport, and most of Northern Costa Rica, this is the ideal place to get your Covid tests and still continue with your exploration of CR. Berni is a delightful and informative host, willing to arrange transport and tours if needed. Nhi was gracious and helpful, but we were also lucky enough to partake of two dinners by her, and both were Top Chef level, although the Banh Xeo were the highlight. Don't miss the orchid collection and the two mot-mots (and many other birds) in the garden.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Kate H wrote a review Apr 2021
4 contributions
We were so well cared for on our first trip to Costa Rica, from a lovely place to stay, a delicious breakfast, ease full car rental, great special dinner with good wine and on and on. Recommend highly! Nice people, great hospitality.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Berni , Owner at Pura Vida Hotel
Responded Apr 23, 2021
Thanks Kate and thanks for coming and spending a few minutes on a review. We hope to welcome you back one day along with many other returnee guests who had to skip a year or more with Covid. Happy to help!
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$79 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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 (3.5 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.
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 Pesqueria da Limonta, Ragu, and El Chante Vegano.
Does Pura Vida Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pura Vida Hotel offers an airport shuttle 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, French, and Vietnamese.
Does Pura Vida Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.