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“Perfect bookend for a Costa Rica trip”
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Pura Vida Hotel
Ranked #1 of 63 Alajuela B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 4, 2006

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Reviewed April 2, 2006

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Reviewed April 1, 2006

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Reviewed March 19, 2006

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Reviewed March 10, 2006

We stayed there our first and last night of our trip to Costa Rica. The casita was clean and spacious and host "Berni" very attentive and helpful. The grounds and garden very pretty. Breakfast presentation and quality very nice. Convenient to airport. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Reviewed January 20, 2006

We are inn-keepers/owners of a B & B in Albuquerque, NM and as a result tend to be more observant and perhaps more critical than the average guest. We were pleased with the ambiance, courtesy and convenience of Pura Vida. It is a lovely, small hotel with absolutely beautiful grounds. Berni was most helpful with directions, suggestions about day trips and super local knowledge advice. We had planned a two night stay but after arriving decided to spend 6 of our 7 nights in Costa Rica at Pura Vida. Our last night we were treated to a dinner that was truly exceptional; prepared by Nhi and served by Berni. What a wonderful finish! We are awaiting a recipe from Nhi that we would like to serve at our B & B; a delectable banana/cocoanut bread that is a true treat. We are happy to give Pura Vida and the inn-keepers a great review.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed January 5, 2006

This hotel is a very short taxi/drive from the airport and yet was like a sancutary after a long and hectic journey. We stayed for three separate nights over a 10-day period in 'Katydid' and 'Toucan' (the hotel kindly kept some of our luggage while we toured). The patio and gardens were a joy and so fragrant. The casitas were spotless, delightfully decorated and comfortable. The continental breakfasts were wonderful; flavorful local coffee (also in your casita), home-baked goodies (e.g. choc. banana loaf, bread-and-butter pudding, etc) and freshly-picked fruit. Eggs and bacon or omelette was $3 extra. We had the set dinner (3-courses) two nights and while the quality was very good and well-presented, the quantity was small and it was pricey for Costa Rica ($20 each, before drinks, tax & tip). Bernie was extremely helpful, knew the area well, gave lots of advice and recommended a driver/guide for our first day (Sterling) with whom we were extremely pleased. His staff were polite, friendly and discreet. We would definitely stay in Pura Vida again.
Please be aware that there is some traffic noise (Ticos love to honk!) and 3 German Shepherds on the property (friendly).

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Additional Information about Pura Vida Hotel

Address: Tuetal Sur | 4km North of SJO International Airport, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Price Range: $99 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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Pura Vida Alajuela
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