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Dublin, Ireland
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Booked this hotel 10 months ago and for what was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime in Costa Rica - a holiday that we had been planning and saving for, for years. A couple of weeks before we are due to travel we receive an email in barely understandable English telling us that they have cancelled our reservation.... More 

Thank Mary M
Bahia D, Propietario at Cabinas Pura Vida, responded to this review
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Hola ! ustedes tienen toda la razón de estar molestos y lo sentimos mucho por todo el inconveniente que ésto... More 

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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up at Drake Bay with no accommodations because of a mix up and were recommended Cabinas Pura Vida by a couple on our ferry. I am so happy we did. Nolan is so kind and generous, he happily drove us when it was pouring rain. He organized great excursions for us for reasonable prices, less we found out... More 

Thank Krista V
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Nolan and his wife were so accommodating and friendly. We were there during the off-season so we had the entire place to ourselves for the majority of our 4 night stay. They were in the middle of some quiet renovations where they had just made some additions to the common area (kitchen, lounge, seating area, etc). While talking to Nolan... More 

Thank Tatiana S
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My wife, 2 kids (9 & 11), and I just stayed with Norlyn and Gabby at Cabinas Pura Vida for four nights and it was terrific! Norlyn booked the boat for us from Sierpe, picked us up at the beach, booked several AMAZING tours for us (Corcovado and Isla de Caño) and shuttled us the short distance down to the... More 

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Milan, Italy
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124 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Norlin and his wife are real great hosts: allowing to get the best from your visit to Drake bay. Rooms are clean, comfortable but pretty basic, a common area is available for cooking or for having a coffee. The hotel is centrally located and give easy access to the beach and to restaurants and shops. Highly suggested

Thank Lorenzo B
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 June 2016

What more could you want - clean, comfortable, really efficient A/C, kitchen facilities with constant free coffee and airy dining room, an abundance of hammocks. To say nothing of being picked up from and taken to the boats - even though we hadn't requested it :) And the icing on the cake, they lent us each a pair of sturdy,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

We were really happy with our cabina at Cabinas Pura Vida! Beautiful, SUPER CLEAN property! Hammocks outside every room as well as a little table and chairs. Wonderful a/c in the room. Communal kitchen was a nice touch, too. Take advantage of that, if at the least, to refrigerate your water bottles! Wi-fi worked well in our room and around... More 

Thank Lyndsey W
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 April 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a total of 5 nights and had a great stay. The room was composed of a double bed and a bunk bed (which we promptly used as shelves for our suitcases). The A/C worked extremely well, which was a MUST with such hot temperatures. We really utilized the shared kitchen and made most... More 

Thank Tammy O
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Decent hotel ... but be aware, if you can't pay cash they'll charge you an extra 10% fee. Of course they know there is no ATM any where near. :-( Otherwise the rooms are good and clean and the A/C did work properly. What of course is important in those hot and humid conditions.

Thank Peter E
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend this place. It was very clean and it just felt like home. The owner and his wife were very attentive. The owner went to pick us up at the beach when we arrived, he also helped calling a taxi when we left. He explained where to go and recommended some restaurants. The hotel had a nice and... More 

Thank Jania M

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About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Pura Vida Drake Bay Cabins is located in the center of Drake Bay just 400 meters from the beach, since its opening in 2007 to been operated by a couple of young Costa Ricans, Norlyn and Gabriela. All our rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, hot water and we offer our new kitchen for your convenience. We also have a secure parking and beautiful garden with hammocks right on the terrace of your room. We also organize guided tours to Corcovado National Park (Sirena or San Pedrillo Station) Cano Island (Diving or snorkeling) and more! Cabinas Pura Vida is your best option in Bahia Drake by price, quality and service, we will be glad to serve you! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cabinas Pura Vida

Address: | Bahia Drake, Drake Bay 000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Price Range: $67 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cabinas Pura Vida 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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“Avoid completely”
 of 5 bubbles MaryM102, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There is not a bad room here!”
 of 5 bubbles LyndseyW_12, 29 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Each one that I saw was similarly equipped with a queen bed, bunk beds, AC, wifi, private bathroom with included hot water shower”
 of 5 bubbles Bifurcated_Tech, 17 Mar 2016 | Read review
“No wash sinks, so be prepared to use shower to hand wash adventure clothes and other gear. The one aspect I did have an issue with is breakfast. It was coffee, two pieces of fruit and plain (small) white toast with option to spread jam or better. Pretty bleak offerings and the service starts at 7:30 AM which is waaayyy too late for adventure travelers who usually wish to set off early before sun gets too hot. The panaderia is just down the road in the center of town and there you can buy bread and drink coffee and generally hang with interesting people. He takes credit card so that's nice although rate goes up. If you plan on having dinner there, my experience in small restaurants of this nature the quality of experience may be excellent but slow so...if you are pressed or don't have much patience, order half hour prior to sitting down at tables.”
  • If you don't do well with humidity/heat and no a/c available, these make a difference.
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  • Strong bunk beds hold two heavy guys.
 of 5 bubbles InsideScoopCOSTARICA, 1 Sep 2014 | Read review
“Once you get to Bahia Drake I assure you can find more options, I thought there were only a few places where to stay, but I was wrong. Get there and find a good deal :)”
 of 5 bubbles armandom300, 10 Sep 2013 | Read review
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