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Pura Vida Hotel

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Cookeville, Tennessee
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Pura Vida Hotel is our home base for travel to any part of Costa Rica. We recently stayed at the Pura Vida on both the front and back ends of a trip to Cahuita on the Caribbean side. As always, the Pura Vida and the great owners and incredible staff met our every need and made the trip perfect....

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Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family stayed in the Katydid casita on the first and last nights of our Costa Rican adventure. The Pura Vida was a great place to do this because Berni, Nhi, and their staff made the transition easier with their newbie-friendly policies and perks. The breakfasts and dinners were wonderful, and I especially appreciated when Nhi adjusted her plans at...

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

My wife and I stayed in the Toucan room on the last night of our honeymoon which was huge and very comfortable, with its own little lounge/kitchen and patio with table and chairs. All the rooms look out on to the most amazing tropical gardens which we spent half a day exploring and lounging around before we had to leave....

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Jeremy for the nice review, you are of course welcome back anytime and I know for sure Bandito and Ziva agree :-)) Berni

Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Came to Costa Rica on a business trip and all of the usual chain hotels that I typically stay at were booked. Found this place to stay at the last minute and was so glad I did. Hosts were very friendly and personable. Private cottage was very spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area and full kitchen. The food...

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We are getting more and more business travelers who when given the choice of us or the Marriott prefer a small personal place just out of town but close enough to the airport and facilities. Thanks for the review, Berni

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything you have read in the previous reviews is true. The hotel is unique, has super helpful owners, great food, and two friendly dogs. This is not your run on the mill airport hotel by any stretch of the imagination but more of an retreat that helps to ease you into the Costa Rican way of life. Bernie is a...

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

We do appreciate your review Ernie and thanks for coming - we do try our darndest to help guests, particularly first timers in Costa Rica, find their way into the country. That is the kind of place we look for when we travel to new places. Thank you, Berni

USA
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I just returned from an amazing 10 day trip to CR. And that amazing feeling kicked in from the minute we stepped into the tropical haven called Pura Vida hotel. What a magical kingdom of verdant beauty Bernie and his team have created behind the high walls and gates of PV. We got to stay in a...

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing us Nalini, you have a delightful family and guests like yourselves make our job pretty darn cool! Thanks again, Berni

Northwest Ohio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent a lovely late afternoon and evening at Pura Vida before heading into town to enjoy dinner at a restaurant recommended by Berni. The grounds at Pura Vida are full of beautiful tropical plants that produce various foods as well as beautiful blooming plants and trees (the orchids are amazing!). When you go, try to plan...

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Austin, Texas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We debated whether or not to crash at a chain hotel after a late arrival and before an early departure from SJO. We're so glad we chose Pura Vida instead! The awesome hospitality, comfortable room, beautiful grounds, and sweet dogs made for a far better and more unique experience. Berni's instructions on navigating to the hotel from the airport were...

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Pagey for the neat review! We are happy you were happy with our special experience as we do not believe a hotel is just a "place to sleep between stops" - our goal is to have a place where we would like to be. We travel frequently in and out of the country so we keep looking for good...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started our trip in Costa Rica with a stay at Pura Vida. And so glad we did. Bernie was great at helping out with everything! He took care of the cab on arrival and got us checked in quickly. Loved having the dogs greet us and keep us company. The breakfast is fantastic. We also stayed at Pura Vida...

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Three Rivers
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We stayed here on the first night of this trip to Costa Rica and will return there again in 2 weeks for our last night in country. This is a charming oasis in Tuetal Sur, just north of Alequela. It is completely gated and secure. The lush jungle type plants make one forget the location is so close to the...

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alajuelanorth, Manager at Pura Vida Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks 2Forks! We do appreciate you spending a few minutes to review us . . . we know how much these reviews help us when we travel. Thanks for the referral to your friends too, Berni

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
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 

Additional Information about Pura Vida Hotel

Address: | Just 4km North of the International Airport, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: $115 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Pura Vida Alajuela
Hotel Pura Vida
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