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Pura Vida Hotel

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12/06/2017 13/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
US$89*
US$89*
US$89*
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Berni has created a slice of paradise in the middle of CR. The rooms are huge, immaculate and individually designed/crafted. The grounds are thickly planted with a huge variety of fruit trees from which you might find several freshly picked selections on your morning platter. Because of Nhi's Thai influence, the food is truly spectacular - in fact - the...

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

Thank you Terry for taking the time to review us. Regarding the fruits we just got back yesterday from an expedition to the Caribbean coast and have come back with more goodies for the garden including a Finger Lime tree - come back in 2 years and they will be ready for your breakfast :-)) Thank you for coming, Berni

Boston
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I have stayed with Berni and Nhi about a dozen times over the past 4 years and have a lovely time each stay. While the small hotel features (mosty) stand-alone casitas, the feel is more more of an Inn than a hotel. You get all the privacy of your own little house (with hammock) with all the...

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

Thanks for the splendid review, we look forward to doing what we do on your next trip here, Berni

Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for a couple of nights at the beginning of our trip to Costa Rica & loved everything! The lush, exotic garden filled with the most amazing plants, flowers and birds singing in the morning, waking you up gently into the new day. The freshly, home made dinner Nhi prepared from scratch (the best we had in Costa...

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

Thanks Slavka & Steve for coming and giving us a nice review. You guys were a real pleasure to have at the Pura Vida and spread some light and joy in this strange world we live in today :-)) Berni

Miami, FL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Used PVH as a base for 3 + 1 + 1 nights for extended trips outside of the Central Valley. As always, Berni, Nhi, and now Cathy helped to make my stay enjoyable. Berni arranged a driver with 4wd so we could explore the roads less traveled (actually official Evacuation Routes) around the very ash-active Turrialba Volcano. We got as...

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

Thanks Palmisto for taking the time out to review us . . . yes though we are doing 4WD's with a guide to Turialba, we do want to mention that this trip has a 70% chance of not working due to clouds (of course we have Plan B) but you got lucky again. Thank you for coming back again, Berni

Greenfield
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first stayed at Pura Vida (aka Bernies Place) several years ago and each time I return, I find myself staying there again and again for it's convenient location,(near the airport) wonderful & clean casitas, great price, lovely gardens & grounds and friendly & accommodating service! It's a great place to start and end your trip to Costa Rica...highly recommended!...

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

Thanks Mike for coming back one more time and it will be a pleasure to see you next trip, Berni

Silverthorne, Colorado
Reviewed 1 week ago

If I ever go back to San Jose, I'm staying here again. It's not your concrete and glass mega hotel, but beautifully decorated casitas on a large garden property. Enhancing the stay are Berni, your charming host and guide around the property, and two very well behaved and delightful German Shepherds to attend to your every need. And Nhi- it...

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

Thanks RinTulsa, we look forward to you making it back one day. We do appreciate you taking the time to review us, your "charming host" :-))

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a find. If you are looking for a base near San Jose or the airport, look no further. We spent one night here after arriving from Europe then 3 nights before departing, all wonderful. The breakfast is amazing (see picture of just the fruit bowl). If you have the opportunity, enjoy their evening meals too - our three course...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of five, including 3 teenagers, flew in to San Jose on Good Friday and spent our first night at Pura Vida before flying out the next morning to the Osa Peninsula. Everything worked like clock work! We read the very entertaining instructions from Berni on how to get a complimentary cab from the airport to the hotel, and...

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Uvita, Costa Rica
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were welcomed by Berni & Nhi (and their delightful canines !) after arriving late in the evening at Pura Vida (which is a quick trip from airport )- They provided us with a tasty lite dinner (request ahead of time) & then it was off to bed -- in a lovely spacious room with a most comfy bed ....

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

Thanks Chris for the nice review . . . Poas is still spewing now for about 3 weeks and the eruption is visible pretty much every morning before the clouds come over. Thank you for coming and taking the time to review us, Berni

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a too brief night here while meeting my husband arriving from Canada. Bernie was hospitable, the dogs were charming and the included breakfast delicious! Gorgeous gardens and a view of Poas volcano steaming were also part of our visit. We have booked Pura Vida again for our last night as it is close to airport, looking forward to...

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

Thanks Tamara for coming and spending time to review us. Also thanks for your donation to our local school - everything counts with the not so well off kids at this well run school. Berni

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Restaurant
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  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • 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: Tuetal Sur | 4km North of SJO International Airport, Alajuela 20102, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: $122 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Most all rooms are casitas so they have lots of privacy”
GotoDengo, 22 May 2017 | Read review
“Orchid Suite does not have a table; must do any laptop work from the bed with laptop in your lap (duh!)”
Palmisto, 21 May 2017 | Read review
“Ther are some lovely rooms and would recommend both the Volcano and Rainforest rooms . Especillay the former for the view.”
Philimp, 25 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Ear plugs useful ANY WHERE in Costa Rica with motorcycles, etc. They provide. I never use however.”
GeneWashington_DC, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“If just a couple, get the Volcan room with views toward Poas.”
TravelbeeSantaFe_NM, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
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