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“Probably the best hotel in Costa Rica, one of the best overall” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Buena Vista
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Alajuela
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Probably the best hotel in Costa Rica, one of the best overall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

A great hotel. We had a villa, and it was simply great - very convenient, and nicely decorated. There seemed to be thought behind every feature, such as convenient light control, comfortable beds, nice bathroom, good shampoo/conditioner, etc.
There's also great view of Alajulela as the hotel is located on the top of a hill.
We stayed for one night only, but wished that we could have stayed for more.
Very close to San Jose and to the airport.

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san pedro
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35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

This is an amazing property with banana trees and coffee plants. Splurge and get the villa. It's so worth it. It is beautiful with bamboo ceilings, patio overlooking city with a rocking swinger chair, ceiling fans, and gorgeous Tommy Bahama like bedding. The bathroom is a gorgeous rock like structure with a large shower. The sofa was also very comfortable. The pool is pretty chilly, being solar heated. But everything else is amazing. I could live here!

The people are so friendly and planned our coffee plantation tour. We loved it!! I would definitely return to this gem in the hills.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Columbus, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

What a great place to relax and get some rest before heading back to the States! After a week on the Osa, our family of four was tired and ready to go home, but rushing to the airport the day before would have been torturous. Buena Vista was the perfect place to rest, and get some energy for the long trip home. If we return, we'll request one of the new bungalows nestled down the hill. And, the staff was perfect to us! We really need to give a special thanks to Darwin, who served us at dinner our last night, and then drove us to the airport the next morning. He was very patient with our awful Spanish, he loved practicing his English, and we could easily tell how much he loved his home country and San Jose. Darwin, we hope you can get your trip to the States someday soon!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

In June, my family of five stayed in one of the hotel's new villas overnight after we first arrived in Costa Rica. The villa was beautifully appointed and immaculate, the view of the valley was quite lovely, the breakfast was simple but satisfying and most of all, the staff was extremely friendly, kind and attentive to our needs. The only reason I didn't give five stars is that there was some confusion about pick-up at the airport when we arrived. We were told to look for someone with a sign for the hotel outside the arrivals gate but perhaps because it was very early in the morning, no one was there and it took awhile before the shuttle arrived. Other than this, however, our experience at the hotel was excellent and I recommend it as a good place to relax for the first or last night in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We had a flight back to the states early in the morning and we could have booked a room close to the airport along with all the business travelers in a "could-be-anywhere" hotel. But, we decided to enjoy the services of a "close to the airport" hotel in a hotel that is about 25 minutes up the hill in the coffee plantations. They offer free transportation to the airport, breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a wonderful view of the city which can be seen from the hotel and the short stroll through the coffee plantation.
I highly recommend this hotel as a home base or first/last place before you head onto other locations. The staff is friendly and accommodating.
With that said, the hotel is not really within walking distance to any great restaurants or general “action”. It is in the hills with a great view in a relaxing setting!!!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank tom s
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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

The staff was fabulous, very friendly and knowledgeable. Coco was our patient and friendly driver to the La Paz Waterfall park. He also shuttled us to and from the airport. The first night we stayed in the older rooms, but they happily changed our reservation to the remodeled rooms for the next 2 nights. Breakfast was awesome! The fruit, muffins and coffee with hot milk was very good. I loved the intimate feeling, the staff knew us by name. We will stay there again on our next trip to Costa Rica!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Keller, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Our tour group stayed the night for our first and final days of our two-week tour. The first night was problematic for some people in our group, but they seemed to be able to iron out the problems, eventually. Our room was the first one from the office and dining room, so we got a LOT of noise on a night we had to go to be early (and be at the airport at 5:30 a.m.), so that was a bit of a nuisance. But by and large, it is a nice place for a peaceful view of the mountains with a great cup of coffee and unwind before hitting the road. As with all the other hotels we experienced, the beds are less than stellar, but who cares?! You're in Costa Rica!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Buena Vista
Address: Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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 
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