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Buena Vista Chic Hotel

25m Sur De La Iglesia Las Pilas, Pilas, Alajuela 20106 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Travellers' Choice
An exclusive address for a stay just for you, on a lush hill, Buena Vista boasts a relaxed colonial Spanish-style architecture boutique hotel with two stories and five villas, 24 km from Poás Volcano and 10 km from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Within 2.5-acres of magnificently manicured grounds, hidden in the midst of a coffee plantation, with more than 100 species of birds, and easy hiking pathways at 4200ft above sea level. Accommodations at Buena Vista incorporates a choice of 11 Deluxe Standard Rooms, 11 Superior Balconies, 3 Junior Suites, and 5 Luxury Villas — where a feeling of peace and tranquility begins enveloping each guest. Room rates include a complimentary delectable breakfast every morning and free transportation to and from the international airport (from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm). With a convenient location near the Juan Santamaria International Airport, Buena Vista showcases cultural beauty in one of its many old towns called Pilas. Far from providing an urban experience one could not find a more serene and secluded introduction, farewell or full stay in Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Children's television networks
Free airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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lavind wrote a review 23 Jan
London25 contributions15 helpful votes
It’s nice enough for one night. We wanted a night after a long flight. We drove and it has parking. 20 mins from the airport. Check in and out staff friendly. Bed and room comfortable. Food was mediocre- our pork chop went back twice times and was raw in the middle.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
ShowMe wrote a review 18 Jan
Phoenix, Arizona181 contributions39 helpful votes
Our family of ten spent our last night in Costa Rica at Buena Vista Chic-a perfect choice. Located atop a hill, the hotel has stunning views that can be enjoyed from the beautiful, well kept, comfortable outdoor spaces. The children in our family had fun in the small playground and on the well manicured trail. All three of our rooms were immaculately clean, well appointed, and with balconies. All hotel staff were friendly, courteous, and helpful. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the dining room and due to an early morning flight from SJO, our breakfast was bagged for our early departure. Room rate included transportation to SJO and breakfast. Buena Vista Chic is a true gem and a perfect choice for a stay especially if you have enough time to enjoy the outstanding outdoor areas of the hotel. Highly recommended with 2 thumbs up!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Ronny W wrote a review Dec 2021
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I would highly recommend this place, first and foremost the staff was extremely friendly, food was absolutely delicious with nice size portions. The rooms were top notch beautiful as well as super clean and the premises was beautiful!
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Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: The cabins in the back are the bomb a definite must!
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marina wrote a review Dec 2021
Panama City, Panama8 contributions
We stayed at Buena Vista hotel for one night, in November 2021, and it was very challenging, not to mentioned terrible. We arrived at 10:30pm, and within 2hours, our room was occupied by ants: in the bed, furniture, suitcases and coffee table. We brought food to the room, because the concierge told us that the restaurant would be closed as well other places to have meals nearby. He has never mentioned that there was a huge problem of ants in the hotel, nor he said that we should eat and place the left over outside the room. At about 1am we went downstairs to ask if we could change to another room, but there was nobody there. So we stayed in the same room until next morning. We discussed this situation on the checkout and, to our surprise he said that there was nothing that hotel could to about it. Because they have ants there (apparently out of control). In our trip to Costa Rica we stayed in four different hotels, three before this one, and no other presented this absurd situation. We sent pictures and videos to the hotel and they promised to give it back 50%. I have placed a new evaluation as the hotel has indeed deposited the money back as they promised to. Marina Maluly.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
swisstraveller wrote a review Dec 2021
Berne525 contributions382 helpful votes
If you are looking for a place to start or end your Costa Rica trip with, thats a great place. Its several kilometres outside of Alajuela, in the small village of Pilas (so dont expect to walk to Alajuela), and about 20-30 minutes (depending on traffic) away from the hotel. Its much more relaxed as a place than a hotel in downtown San José. From the hotel, you have great views (as the name implies) of San José and the valley. Go for rooms 23, 24 or 25, as those are upstairs with a balcony overlooking the city. The rooms are comfortable and with everything you need. Staff is very friendly, especially Luis in the restaurant. He is so much fun and clearly loves his job a lot. Breakfast is included and is quite good. The food at the restaurant is fine, maybe a bit costly, but still okay. There is a nice pool. Around the corner of the hotel there is a supermarket, and 2 restaurants / fastfood places that are only open at lunch time.
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Date of stay: December 2021
US$129 - US$268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaAlajuelaPilas
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buena Vista Chic Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm (4.7 km), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (4.8 km), and Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (4.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ragu, Taj Mahal - An Ethnic Indian Restaurant, and Pesqueria da Limonta.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Buena Vista Chic Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Buena Vista Chic Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Buena Vista Chic Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Buena Vista Chic Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Buena Vista Chic Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Pilas.
Are any cleaning services offered at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.