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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

After three days of eating traditional Costa Rican food we were ready for a break and drove by this "Chinese" restaurant and decided to give a try. As I forgot to recharge my phone I was unable to check reviews until later. My bad! First we were the only people here during lunch, which worried us. The food that arrived... More 

Thank Wellington31
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2015

This is by far the worst place to stay. The Chinese owners don't care and offer no service whatsoever. We couldn't get so much as a towel without an eye-roll, and is clear that they have no concept of customer service. The beds are uncomfortable and the rates exorbitant. I guarantee they get few repeat customers.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

never had such a tasteless chinese dish so far. adding some more soy sauce made it possible to eat. woul not go there again. when mentioning the low level of the food, the waitress barely reacted at all...there was only a quick "ok".

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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014 via mobile

I will never ever visit this place again, the Chinese girl treated me like she did not care if I stayed or not. I went to the restaurant and the same girl (she's the owner) gave me the worst service ever. I told her she was treating me like if my money was not valued, and she just simply did... More 

2 Thank Mykems
Toronto, Canada
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186 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2014 via mobile

Having eaten lots of meat, rice, beans and plantain, we decided we need more veggies so we figured Chinese food would do the trick. Being the only ones in there should have been the first clue, but your not spoiled for choice for Asian food in LF. Now I cannot pinpoint the exact food that, has had me down with... More 

1 Thank Margesmister
Salt Lake City, Utah
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

For the $40 dollars the value was average. The downside was that it is on a very busy road that heads out of town towards Vulcan Arenal, and the windows were a Jalousie type and provided no noise reduction come 6 AM. On the positive side the large bathroom and HOT water was a luxury after a couple of days... More 

Thank vjgonzo3
Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We had originally arranged to stay at the backpackers hostel across the street, but we didn't make it to town until 8 pm and so our reservation there was cancelled. The backpackers hostel helped us arrange a stay at the Pura Vida hotel, where we stayed for two nights. The room smelled very strongly of cheap chemical cleaner which gave... More 

Thank Kayla F
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2013 via mobile

We were placed here for one night as our original hotel was fully booked. as we had been travelling all day the bed was much welcomed. the shower is hot and quite powerful, and the bed was comfortable enough. we ate at the restaurant below and the portion sizes are very generous and good value for money. only downside is... More 

Thank haychcee23
Prague, Czech Republic
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54 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2012

The hotel seems to be renovated not long ago. Our room was spotless with big bathroom and hot shower, wifi, tv, ac. Very good price, breakfast not included. We have pay 35 $ for double room. We had a dinner here, it was huge porcion of chinese vegetarian food.

Thank Myyna
Brussels, Belgium
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2011

We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed a really comfy and clean room. The shower was just perfect! and for a correct price. The only thing is that the reception is not opened all the time... so you have to be lucky to be able to ask something special to the owner.

Thank Emilie G

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Address: | 300 Meters West of the Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Number of rooms: 124
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Pura Vida Hotel & Restaurant Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
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