We recently stayed at the Pura Vida hotel the night before our departure from Costa Rica. The hotel was very conveniently located to the airport-- we were there in just a few minutes, no traffic or hassles. From the time we first contacted Bernie to inquire about availability he was amazingly responsive, offered many suggestions for travel and itinerary and we LOVE that Pura Vida is attempting to go beyond just tourist catering to try and help their visitors experience the "real" Costa Rica. Thanks to Bernie's suggestions we ended up visiting the Doka coffee estate for a really great and informative tour-- one of the highlights of our trip! We also LOVE that the hotel is as community oriented as it is-- Bernie and Nhi organize book collections to give books to schools and really do want to try and help their guests find an "authentic" experience.
The rooms were large, clean, and comfortable. The grounds were very pretty and the staff even got up early at 5:30 to provide us with a "to-go" breakfast the morning of our departure. The only slight downside is that you can hear a bit of traffic from the road-- but this quieted down significantly after 6-ish. Given the convenience of the location, the friendliness of the staff and the more than comfortable rooms we really can't recommend them highly enough.
- 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