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Hotel Buena Vista

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We flew into San Jose and the free shuttle was waiting for us at the airport. The hotel is only a 20 minute drive yet it feels way outside the city. The complimentary breakfast was very tasty and we enjoyed a glass of wine in the beautiful garden area in the evening. There was even a little "coffee trail" where...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you very much for writing and letting us know that the hotel provided the service and attention that you deserved. Our employees genuinely enjoy their job of making guests welcome. We have a very complete complementary breakfast, and our chef directs the kitchen so the cuisines is excellent for all the meals. The free shuttle is an advantage for...

Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel lives up to its name. The view from the back of the hotel overlooks the valley in a stunning way. There is also a coffee trail in the back of the property which is interesting and very well kept. The property on the whole is very well kept. The bell boys and shuttle drivers were great. They were...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Manager at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for writing of your problem with your tour. It is not management's intent to not disclose the contents of the agreement for a tour. The agreement consists of five lines. The first line is printed in red and says that entrance fees to attractions are not included in the tour. We are showing your commentary to all our...

Castle Pines, Colorado
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to stay outside of the hustle of San Jose, I highly recommend this Hotel. It is a gem of a boutique hotel located on a quiet street within 15 minutes of the airport. The rooms are well appointed and the food in the restaurant was excellent. The grounds and garden are beautiful. The view of San Jose...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your instructive review of our hotel. We always work to improve, and it makes us happy when guests, such as you, say that they enjoyed their stay. Our hotel is number four on Trip Advisor. We would like to be number two so that we would still have the incentive to do better. Please come...

Dusseldorf, Germany
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The hotel is gorgeous! It's off the street from the airport (about a 20 minute drive, no street signs!) to Poas volcano, about 15 minutes from the Doka coffee tour (location is why we chose it). It's a bit of a winding drive at night, but doable. We arrived at 1130pm, and the security guard let us in. The view...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. It is especially helpful that you wrote in English. We receive many European guests, and we like that. Germans are particular in their requirements. Am pleased that the hotel met yours. We hope that you will retlurn to Costa Rica and will visit us again....

Bellevue, Washington
Reviewed 15 March 2017

One of the coolest places we found on our Costa Rica trip was Hotel Buena Vista. This place is tucked up on a hillside, just a few miles from San Jose airport, and WOW!! Nice rooms, beautiful views, quaint, quiet, and great food. The breakfast that was included with the room cost was amazing - sit down, serve you full...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing our hotel. Am glad that you had a good night's sleep after18 hours of travelilng. Appreciate that you would travel so far to visit us and Costa Rica. Enjoy talking with guests because always learn something. It is interesting to hear visitors talk about different things of their country, and what they think about...

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 12 March 2017

My third stay in the Hotel Buena Vista. I’ve stayed at other hotels near the airport and this one is still my favourite. It is a lovely colonial style hotel in the country, with great service, beautiful views (day and night), and an efficient airport shuttle. The shuttle was waiting for me on arrival at the airport as arranged and...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you took the time to write and tell us you had been here three times. The free shuttle is a convenience for guests which saves their time. They are conducted quickly to the hotel after a tiring flight. The hotel provides tours to different local points of interest to guests as well as to other...

New York
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We stayed here for one night in February, 2017, before going to the airport early the next morning. When we arrived there was no one in reception. Once she arrived she told us the internet was down, but we could use the hotel computer, which we did and it worked fine. We booked a villa just to have the "panoramic"...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about your stay in our hotel. The receptionist may had a reason to not be at the desk when you checked in. They are very conscientious, and normally are at their station. The hotel property has a great many trees, and the view is partially obstructed by some of them in villa number two. Checked to...

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We had a lovely, restful stop here for three nights before ending our 6 week Costa Rican adventure. After being on the coast and spending all of our time at beautiful beaches, we loved the change of scenery, the cooler mountains and nearby volcanoes and coffee plantations. Beautiful grounds and a magnificent view of San Jose from up on this...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing our hotel. As you pointed out, the climate here is enjoyable because we are on top of a mountain range around 4,000 feet. On a hot day the temperature is about 82F and at night about 65. The hotel is near the international airport, and we provide courtesy transportation, by arrangement, to the hotel, and to...

Cedar Creek, TX, United States
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I recently traveled to Costa Rica and had the pleasure at staying at the Hotel Buena Vista on the last leg of my trip. The staff was warm and welcoming both before my arrival as well as during my stay. The pictures from the website do not do the property justice, the attention to detail in the guest rooms and...

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BuenaVistaAlajuela, Owner at Hotel Buena Vista, responded to this review

Many thanks, Annie, for reviewing our hotel. As a consultant you made a number of helpful suggestions. One of those was to serve guests breakfast in their rooms. We are printing the necessary materials to do that now. Your suggestions caused us to think what else we might do to improve a guest's stay. We have placed a lending library...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This hotel is snuggled up a hill about 6km from the international airport with beautiful views of the city. It's a great place to stay at the beginning or end of your Costa Rican adventure. There's not much to do in the immediate area except for a small walk through a coffee plantation. The nearest options for anything dining/pharmacy/shopping is...

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Buena Vista

Address: Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: RM541 - RM964 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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Also Known As:
Buena Vista Hotel
Buena Vista Alajuela
Hotel Buena Vista Costa Rica/Alajuela
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#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
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“The junior suite with the balcony is excellent!”
Ddorf_JT, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“I had a great view of the courtyard and an extraordinary view of the sunset from room 13.”
P7660TTstephent, 6 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms with windows to the street will be noisy at night.”
skybertha, 4 Mar 2017 | Read review
“villas are very nice for a larger group with nice views of the city”
66SS427, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ground-floor rooms with patio views can be noisy when groups gather.”
wws68, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
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