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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2011

We stayed in this hotel the last night of our trip; we expected it to be nice, but it was beyond our expectations. We stayed in the Mariposa Casita, which had two bedrooms and two baths, plus a sitting room with cool mid-century modern furniture. The rooms are decorated in a simple, attractive, and contemporary style. Outside, there was a... More 

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boise, idaho
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Reviewed 5 January 2011

We stayed at Pura Vida one night at the end of a ten day trip to Costa Rica. We had been traveling all day and when we arrived the quiet peaceful gardens, and beautiful, clean room was just what we needed. We were in the Toucan Casita and it is wonderful. Tastefully decorated, very clean, large sitting area, large bathroom,... More 

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

Thanks for the nice review. I'd like to address a couple of points. First, yes we often do a 3 course gourmet meal and, yes, even the night you were there though it was a little different to our regular dinners. That night the spinach was a new variety from Finca Luna Nueva we are trying. If you get a... More 

Nipomo, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2011

My daughter and I visited Pura Vida on Nov. 30, 2010, the beginning of our 12 day adventure to Costa Rica. We arrived about 7pm and had ordered the dinner on our arrival. We had a delicious salmon dinner with the blackberry eclair for dessert-yummy. Berni the owner of Pura Vida paid for our taxi ride from the airport to... More 

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Coronado, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 January 2011

This was our 4th stay with Bernie & Nhi & it only gets better. We stayed in the newly renovated Mariposa this time & it was lovely. Our dinner was outstanding & breakfast, too.

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Costa Rica
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28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2010

We frequently travel out of the San Jose airport and use Pura Vida as our home away from home. Berni and Nhi are wonderful hosts who are able to anticipate our every need to make the most out of our time in the city. They care about their guests and customer service is top notch. The food...well... too bad the... More 

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New York City, New York
1 review
Reviewed 14 December 2010

Stayed here a night with the boyfriend. In short, GREAT personable owners who we immediately got along with upon our arrival. Berni and Nhi were awesome, and the establishment was clean, had great, large rooms, and a delicious fruit and bread free breakfast that was amazing. Would definitely recommend to anyone, whether a solo traveler or in a group. It... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

In october I visited my girlfriend in the hills above San Isidro. She's been living there for the better part of the past year teaching English at Escuela Buena Vista. We needed a place to stay the night before my return flight to New York and all things un-Tico. Leia found Pura Vida's website and said we should give it... More 

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Reviewed 24 November 2010

(Title borrows a quote from the hotel website). This is a great place to start a Costa Rica trip, especially if it's your first visit and you don't have your act entirely together. They pay for the hotel pickup, as a bonus, and almost any rental car company will deliver to the hotel (recommend doing this). If there is any... More 

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montgomery al
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

We used the Pura Vida hotel as a great starting and ending base for our 9 day Costa Rica trip. We stayed in the Volcano room and it had the highest room view overlooking the garden. Although we could hear the traffic from the road our hosts provided us with ear plugs; which I gladly used. The two dogs Max... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 November 2010

This hotel is extremely well managed...Berni and Nhi have thought of everything! They'll help arrange airport transportation, car rentals, tours, market trips and even school visits! We had learned on the Pura Vida Hotel website that a local school was in need of books and school supplies and felt that this was a great thing to support. We solicited one... More 

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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 

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Address: | Just 4km North of the International Airport, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Price Range: RM447 - RM831 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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