First things first. If you are not sure if you should take a trip to Costa Rica and you have questions you won't do better than ask the Pura Vida. An email to Berni will get you all kinds of travel and touring information.
We came as medical tourists twice this year for dental surgery and dental implants and were happy to go back to the Pura Vida both trips. Pura Vida Hotel recently added a nice rental apartment in Escazu where dentists and surgeons are based so although we didn't use it, it might be a good place for people who need a quiet base for a few days. Instead we rented a car and drove in each day which wasn't too difficult.
Day trips were pretty good in between dentist visits - the staff has plenty of suggestions like the farmers market or a volcano trip.
As many reviewers already commented Pura Vida Hotel is a spotless and friendly place with lovely gardens. We saw many species of birds - we were there at the peak of nesting season and the song of the Yiguirro is something you will not forget soon. The Yiguirro does however get up very early to start its mating calls. The garden is full of heliconias, coffee, mangoes, lemons, bananas and so many other fruits as well as 2 greenhouses of vegetables and herbs they use in cooking. Also hundreds of orchids in different parts of the garden. You should ask Berni to walk you round.
Other reviewers mentioned dinner service was not on during their visit the last few months but dinners have returned now. You've got to book ahead as they buy fresh each day. We had 2 dinners the last trip with the best oso bucco I ever tasted and another with a lemon grass chicken as the main course. Nhi actually got a "sitting ovation" on the osso bucco - an event we had never seen before at a B&B! They have the lemon grass from the garden. Nhi's deserts are also not to be missed since pastry is her favorite. The breakfasts are included and were the best we have had at any hotel. We didn't try it but they also have a 5 course tasting with wine menu for groups.
This is not your typical B&B. It is modern or renovated, spotless, great food and a learning experience for both my wife and I.
A great stay and friendly owners and staff.
- 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