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Pura Vida Hotel

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Travellers' Choice 2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Airport Transportation
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport4 km
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The hotel's 5-star rating is well-deserved! A charming place to stay, indeed. Loved the room, and my wife and I had our own private balcony overlooking an amazing landscape. Berni and the dogs were fun to socialize with - in a human and dog kinda...More

Thank rogerkbrechner
Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida HotelResponded yesterday

A pleasure to have you guys here the beginning of the month. Be happy to have you back any time of course, Berni Manager, dog herder

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

In early May my husband and I spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica. This was our third trip and we were looking for a nice, but reasonably priced hotel near San Jose to spend the nights before and after our flights. A friend recommended Pura...More

1  Thank SnorkelGirl2
Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida HotelResponded 13 June 2018

Thanks so much for the review - wish I knew who Snorkelgirl is though :-)) so I could thank you personally. We always appreciate you spending the time doing that and thank you for coming. Yes we'll do dinner next time for you of course...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The host (Berni) Extremely helpful (and entertaining) - very responsive on email and has great recommendations depending on your taste The location About a 15 minutes taxi ride from the SJO airport. We didn't explore much of San José, but this proved to be a...More

Thank Arpit M
Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida HotelResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, April for the super review. Glad we can be what we want to be for you - a good start and end to =your trip in a hotel not like an airport hotel . . . thanks for coming, Berni, manager.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Berni was one of the nicest hosts! LOVED staying at Pura Vida Hotel. They were so warm and welcoming. The decor of our room was so unique and fascinating relative to all other hotels we stayed in Costa Rica. Highly recommend staying here to experience...More

Thank Kritika M
Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida HotelResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for spending the time to review us and appreciate your comments on how we present our casitas. Do come again, Berni Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful small hotel with private rooms, lush landscaping, excellent service and food, and terrific location near the San Juan airport. We stayed here for two nights in October, after traveling from the USA to visit the rain forest in Costa Rica. This location was perfect....More

Thank Debra B
Response from alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida HotelResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Debra for the nice comments and happy we and our friends at Jalapenos could look after your trip. We look forward to assiting your next trip here, Berni Manager

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3 November 2016|
Response from alajuelanorth | Property representative |
Hello, Perhaps . . . what will the teacher be saying? Berni
21 October 2015|
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Response from alajuelanorth | Property representative |
Hi we are the Pura Vida Hotel - the website is puravidahotel . com - there is no problem viewing the web site anywhere that we know? You can email us directly at info @ puravidahotel . com if you are still having problems... More
Nancy R
12 May 2015|
Response from BKandCB | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's the Pura Vida hotel that I reviewed. Bernie and Nhi are the owners and the nicest people. If you want dinner, you have make those arrangements in advance; Nhi is a fabulous chef!
Room Tips
"Volcano room (private balcony & kitchenette). Great view! A little street noise, but all nearby..."
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"If you are sensitive to "city sounds" consider bringing some ear plugs for the potential noisy..."
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"The rooms all look good and all have a small kitchenette."
4 weeks ago
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"The Volcano Studio was wonderful. Some street noise I suppose if you are looking for something to complain..."
4 weeks ago
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USD 99 - USD 191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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