My husband and I are enjoying our 2nd visit at Pura Vida and have plans for a third. While we had heard from others how extraordinary it is, we expected just to have a convenient stop near the airport. What a delight! Casitas, rooms in the main house, the restaurant are in the midst of gardens filled with plants that are explained and orchids are everywhere. The orchids in the open air dining room are a destination in themselves, owner Berni's ever growing collection of treasures. We loved the food, prepared exquisitely (Ask Ihn the story of her becoming the chef...I don't want to spoil your chance to discover this.) We did find an oasis of beauty, a warm welcome, and the perfect start to time in Costa Rica. We also discovered immaculate lodging, luxury accommodations at a very affordable rate, and the impact of local people in the food, art, and small gift shop.
We also found a center point for plans for travel in Costa Rica. Drivers, rental cars, tours, problem solving --all are part of what is offered at this intelligently designed, beautifully maintained, ever interesting property. Come with a warm and open heart and discover the magic that the owners have created. We have come to consider it a destination, a place where a few days of just being here is a fully satisfying and engaging place to read in a hammock, explore the gardens, dine happily, and settle into understanding what the Costa Rica term "Pura Vida" can mean.
A note to the grumpy person who wrote that everything was not uniform: relax...or go to predictable chain hotels. This is for people who love beauty, warm people, the special qualities that make travel a joy!
- 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