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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed at Pura Vida upon arrival in San Jose and the night before leaving San Jose due to an early morning flight. Bernie was very helpful and responsive to our emails prior to arrival with candid advice. We stayed in the Volcano Room which was immaculately clean and the balcony overlooked the property. The hotel pays for the taxi...

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Richmond, VA USA
Reviewed August 14, 2011

MMMmmm, back to my beautiful coffee plantation turned Bed and Breakfast. Perched on a hill amongst the numerous flowers, butterflies and birds, encouraged by the painstaking developement of plantings created by the owners and devoted gardeners. I am again amazed at how camouflaged this hotel becomes against the backdrop of the city. This time, I enjoyed the the private spacious...

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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed August 7, 2011

We stayed at the Pura Vida hotel in Alajuela with Berni, Nih, and Carlos and the gang (including 2 cool german shepherds) 2 nights, during our visit to Costa Rica. What a fabulous place! it was like staying with old friends who have a gorgeous home 5 miles from the San Jose airport. The cabinas are lovely and tastefully decorated,...

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Vienna, Virginia
Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed at the Pura Vida our first night in Costa Rica. When we checked in, my wife realized that our passports were missing! Berni and his wife helped us track down the cab that dropped us off, and thank goodness the driver found them! That was just the kind of above and beyond service we experienced while we were...

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Brooklyn, NY
Reviewed July 17, 2011

From the moment Carlos greeted us mere minutes from arriving in Costa Rica, we fell in love with Pura Vida (both the hotel and the meaning behind the phrase you'll hear often in Costa Rica). Besides two of the most memorable breakfasts I've ever had in my life, the gorgeous grounds, the ridiculously convenient service of arranging our car rental,...

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Newton, New Jersey
Reviewed July 14, 2011

I first met Berni while reading in a hammock on our private little patio outside our villa. Delightful, entertaining and knowledge-rich conversationalist who left me laughing and informed. Berni knows people who know people ... which gave us great confidence in moving about by cab and tour bus. The grounds and buildings -- and humerous postings -- gently coax guests...

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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed July 6, 2011

I cannot write enough good things about our experience at the Pura Vida. As soon as we contacted them about availability, Berni responded immediately with a witty and extremely helpful e-mail regarding the hotel, area, points of interest, rental cars, and so forth. He made the reservation for our car to be delivered to the hotel/picked up from the hotel...

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the kind review. Perhaps we'll see you again one day - in the meantime we'll be working diligently on making this the kind of place we like to stay when we travel . . . thank you again for taking the time to write your review, Berni, Nhi and Carlos

Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed June 23, 2011

A rendezvous with my spanish-speaking-backpacking daughter was made perfect by the warmth & beauty of the Pura Vida Hotel, Berni, Nhi, Carlos & staff on either end of my limited 10-day exploration of Costa Rica. Advice & hospitality, nourishment, and beautiful & luxurious surroundings -- everything we needed. Thank you.

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Reviewed June 11, 2011

We got so much great help and advice from Pura Vida even before we got there--a car rental was reserved, advice on where to go in our short time was given, we got instructions for getting a taxi from the airport, and a tour guide and day trip was arranged for our first day. We planned to stay two nights...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed June 3, 2011

I would recommend this hotel very highly to folks traveling in and out of San Jose. We stayed overnight after our arrival flight and again before we departed. The hotel is lovely and comfortable, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and the food was fantastic. I would come back for the food alone! Don't miss the breakfast and dinner.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 Toyota 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pura Vida Hotel

Address: | Just 4km North of the International Airport, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: $88 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela
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  • 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?

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“some of the rooms have outdoor sitting areas”
 of 5 bubbles ErnieScar, 4 days ago | Read review
“Rooms are arranged to maximize privacy and all appear to be very nice.”
 of 5 bubbles F989LXangelad, 1 week ago | Read review
“All rooms are nice. The casitas with kitchettes are the best for more than a night's stay.”
 of 5 bubbles tucsonm2016, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“Volcano has a lovely sunset view and very private”
 of 5 bubbles 866deenam, Feb 7, 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are very private and look out over the gorgeous gardens”
 of 5 bubbles sindibird, Feb 7, 2017 | Read review
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