Welcomed by Carlos, an immediate "old friend" his face framed by a huge smile, we were at once at home at the Pura Vida Hotel. This gem of an oasis tucked into the maze of Alajuela is worth seeking out. Our family ended a storybook vacation with 4 adult children in this magical enclave appropriately named, Pura Vida. Hotel?? Not like any "hotel" I've seen. The individual casitas were equipped to the max with every possible thought and detail to make the traveller feel especially pampered. For the dog lovers, Pura Vida comes amply equipped with resident canines who add to the homey feel. The compound embraces one with the safety and beauty of what we are reminded a family homestead should be. Lovely, Friendly, Familiar.
I think of our journey every day and cannot wait to return. I shall begin and end my next pilgrimage to Costa Rica, the country of magic, with Pura Vida Hotel & my new "old" friend Carlos shall welcome me once again.
- 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