We began our Central American adventure at The Pura Vida and could not have been happier. My teenage daughter did not want to leave and took photos of everything before I could pry her away- lovely (and clean and unique) room, tropical garden, charming restaurant/breakfast terrace, private hammock, etc. Since we arrived on a Friday, we went on the optional Market Tour with to buy supplies and to sample fresh coconut milk ( in the coconut), tropical fruits, fresh sugar cane juice, etc. Innkeepers Bernie and Ne (sp?) just loaded us into the car and whisked us off with them - we were instantly part of the action. They explained everything with intelligence and humor. A few hours later, we enjoyed the optional and absolutely fresh dinner made with the ingredients from the market dining and overlooking the hotel garden. Talented chef. Delicious and great fun.
The breakfasts of fresh tropical fruits, fresh sweet breads, yogurt, juices, and the famous Costa Rican coffee began our days. No hotel buffets of corn flakes here - just friendly service with answers to any questions you might have before starting your day. They arranged just about everything we needed from a custom tour of the nearby highlands to evening restaurant reservations (hard to beat the hotel itself but they don't serve every night) to a free pick up at the nearby (5-10 minutes) San Jose Airport.
We can't imagine staying at any other place at the beginning or end of any trip to Costa Rica. There is simply no reason to sacrifice precious vacation time in a soulless airport hotel coming or going when you can get this. Read their excellent and thorough website for all kinds of terrific, accurate and entertaining advice before you go. They'll put you in the right mood to begin or savor the end of your Pura Vida experience in Costa Rica.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Pura Vida Alajuela
- Hotel Pura Vida
- Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela