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Pura Vida Hotel

Tuetal Sur 4km North of SJO International Airport, Alajuela 20101 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 26/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Pura Vida Hotel
Updated 26/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in Alajuela
Travellers' Choice
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 Alamo 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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Taxi service
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Private balcony
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Tile / marble floor
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Residential Neighbourhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Vietnamese
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Rachel B wrote a review 17 Jan
1 contribution
Everything about our experience at Pura Vida was wonderful. The property is a mini-oasis with easy access to the airport. Berni helped make our arrival very smooth. We arrived late in the evening, and we had a delicious meal waiting for us. He also arranged our car rental for the next morning, which made the process so easy! The casitas are delightful and the breakfast was delicious. We also stayed there on our last night, and it was as wonderful as the first. We were also able to drop off our car at Berni's as well. I hope we can be back soon.
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Date of stay: December 2021
MelissaLux wrote a review 16 Jan
Peachtree City, Georgia14 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed at the Pura Vida for the first time this December and what a fabulous surprise! It’s a total oasis only ten minutes or so from the San Jose airport. Berni and Nhi have created fabulous gardens (oh the orchids!!!) and such a welcoming and friendly ambiance. The room was spacious, spotless and charming with a wonderful balcony just made for watching all the birds. Berni is so helpful and provided info that was useful throughout our trip, and his sense of humour provided lots of laughs. Breakfast was both beautiful and delicious - such a perk! This will absolutely be our go-to hotel when we need to stay near the airport!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Anne K wrote a review 15 Jan
1 contribution
The best place for us to arrive in Costa Rica every time - after the long flight from Germany, it is great to wake up in this dreamlike garden & enjoy the delicious breakfast. big thanks to Berni & Team incl. the lovely dog ❤️🙏
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Mike R wrote a review 14 Jan
London, United Kingdom10 contributions13 helpful votes
Berni and team were very welcoming for our first night and morning in Costa Rica. Pure Vida makes for a excellent haven near (but not too near) the main airport. Clean, safe, lovely garden. Sometimes a bit noisy from the road, but this is Costa Rica! Would fully recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Fern S wrote a review 14 Jan
Traverse City, Michigan6 contributions
What a great experience! The room, hospitality and dinner was fantastic. Berni and Nhi along with their staff and their sweet dogs made us feel so welcome when we arrived and the night before our departure. Honestly Nhi's dinner is still on our minds, it was our best meal! All around Pura Vida Hotel is a gem.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
US$79 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pura Vida Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Pura Vida Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (5.8 km), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (2.0 km), and Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (2.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pura Vida Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Pura Vida Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Pura Vida Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Pura Vida Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pura Vida Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ragu, Taj Mahal - An Ethnic Indian Restaurant, and Pesqueria da Limonta.
Does Pura Vida Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Pura Vida Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pura Vida Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Does Pura Vida Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.