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Meredith, New Hampshire
Reviewed 13 March 2011

We ended up staying at Pure Vida by accident but were glad we had a chance to experience this lovely B&B / Inn. Our original destination in Costa Rica was Dominical but our flight was delayed (hard to believe I know) and we were very late getting into San Jose which made the drive to Dominical after our arrival impossible....

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 9 March 2011

Everything about our stay here was lovely. Our flight was delayed and we arrived very late yet were warmly welcomed and our host even stayed up for while to make sure we did not want for anything. The casita itself was clean and spacious, and, most importantly, the bed was extremely comfortable. In the morning we toured the beautiful gardens...

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Bangor, Maine
Reviewed 9 March 2011

I took nine students to Drake Bay in May. We stayed with Bernie and Nhi at the beginnning and end of our trip and I cannot say enough about the good care they took of us all. As one example of how caring Bernie and Nhi are, they followed my students' blog and after one of the students started pining...

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Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 6 March 2011

Close to the airport, but offering an oasis of tropical gardens, the Hotel Pura Vida was a great place to start and end our two week stay in Costa Rica: clean, comfortable, welcoming and helpful to neophyte travelers to Costa Rica. Hosts Berni and Nhi have lived in many different parts of the world. They settled in Costa Rica in...

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

To Roddy_Halifax and family, What can we say but thank you for such an extensive review. We hope we may welcome you and all our other reviewers back one day to "the place we'd like to stay when we travel". Thank you for bringing your kind vibes to Costa Rica, Berni and the Pura Vida Crew

Westfield, New Jersey
Reviewed 5 March 2011

took exception to the travler who,accused pura vita for bait and switch.Not my experience at all.....Rebecca had food for us ever though the kitchen was closed.I watched berni try for 1-hour to get a car for a family,the reservation was lost. I thought were well beyond what any hotel is required to do.

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Boston
Reviewed 2 March 2011

We stayed here at the beginning and end of our trip to Costa Rica. Berni and Nhi are wonderful and very helpful. The breakfast was terrific: my husband's eyes grew wide the minute he saw the beautiful presentation of fresh ripe fruits each morning. And do stay for dinner if you can as well.

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NYC
Reviewed 27 February 2011

As a seasoned traveler and former head of marketing for a travel company, I know the industry and how it works inside and out. So read on about my story. First - the good: I stayed at Pura Vida for one night and was flying out to Tambor the next day. The food is great, the grounds are lovely, the...

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

Thanks for the nice review though we must disagree strongly with your implication we would ever switch a guest's room knowingly or deliberately. What happened is simply as I explained to you on arrival - an email I had sent with your booking data was lost by our manager and the room you should have had was sold twice. I...

Los Angeles
Reviewed 23 February 2011

My wife and I stayed for only one night, but Bernie welcomed us with open arms despite our late arrival from the airport (and he paid for our cab). The room was nice, the grounds attractive, and the food delicious. Bernie also greeted us in the AM and answered all of our questions.

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 23 February 2011

My wife and I were only able to stay one night, but Bernie welcomed us despite our late arrival, showed us around, and was there in the morning to answer all of our questions. The grounds are beautiful, the room was nice and breakfast was delicious. Highly recommended.

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Roanoke, Virginia
Reviewed 22 February 2011

I recently stayed at Pura Vida Hotel for my third time. Since discovering Berni and Nii's hidden gem three trips ago, I can't imagine starting and ending my vacations anywhere else. I even stopped back in the middle of one trip. Read the reviews that follow. They heap praise on this friendly oasis. And, it's ALL true! Berni is the...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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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Address: | Just 4km North of the International Airport, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: €82 - €174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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