Pura Vida Hotel

1.5 Kilometros Noroeste Fabrica de Jabn Punto Rojo,Alajuela,Costa Rica

  • Experience World-class Service at Pura Vida Hotel

    Pura Vida Hotel is located in Alajuela and is surrounded by extensive tropical gardens. All the accommodations here feature garden or volcano views, plus it has a restaurant on site serving gourmet dinners with previous request. The comfortable villas have furnished patios, seating and dining areas, plus private bathrooms. All rooms and villas come with a coffee maker, free Wi-Fi, room safes and a fridge. The extensive tropical gardens feature a large orchid collection as well as numerous plantings of coffee, herbs, heliconias, pineapple, citrus, exotic native trees. The restaurant at Pura Vida Hotel is specializes in Asian fusion and international cuisine. Special diets can be accommodated upon previous request. The Poas Volcano National Park is 30 km from Pura Vida Hotel, and Zoo Ave is 7 km away. La Paz waterfall gardens is located 1 hour's drive away. Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport is a 12-minute drive away. Sarchi, famous for their artisan, wooden products and traditional wooden oxcarts, is located 15 km away.


    • Airport Shuttle
    • Fitness Facility
    • Internet
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Laundry Services
    • Television
    • Non Smoking
    • Currency Exchange
    • Breakfast
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    • What a unique and special place!

      Reviewed 26 September 2019

      Honestly, I was just looking for a place somewhat near the airport but something that wasn't a chain hotel and still gave us some more Costa Rica vibes on our last night. We stumbled upon Pura Vida Hotel and went for it. Since my wife and I were celebrating our 15 year anniversary, I went ahead and booked dinner at the property as well. Boy were we impressed all around! We were greeted by the owners' two amazing German Shepherds who hung with us the rest of the night and the next morning. Both Berni and Nhi greeted us warmly and showed us to our Rainforest Casita. We loved the room and the open air. In the room, there is perhaps the largest welcome book you will ever find. I urge you to read every page. Berni's writing style is like no other. My wife read the entire thing and then proceeded to read it back to me from memory over dinner and I could not stop laughing. There are so many touches like this throughout the gorgeous property. The plants and trees alone are absolutely amazing. If you are lucky, you will have a gorgeous view of Poas Volcano the morning you wake up like we did. It was even erupting steam just for us! However, let's get to the most important part. First off, we visited for one night in the off season and timed it perfectly between two group visits so we literally had the entire boutique resort to ourselves! Since we are huge dog people, Berni let the dogs hang with us when we were outside of our room. Since Berni and Nhi are warm and welcoming, it literally felt like we were staying at a friend's very fancy house. But wait, there's more. We booked the dinner knowing absolutely nothing going into it. H--o---l---y cow! Nhi is an absolute magician in the kitchen. Every single plate that was put in front of us was pure heaven. From the presentation to fresh ingredients to over-the-top flavor, we could not believe how great this meal was. She is an incredible chef! On top of that, the price was incredibly reasonable and far cheaper than grabbing an app, steak, and dessert through crummy room service at a Hilton! You owe it to yourself to book the dinner when you stay here. You absolutely won't regret it. Don't even get me started on the breakfast the next morning which is included in your rate. Just wow!!! So fresh and so delicious! I can't thank Berni and Nhi enough for a wonderful stay and wonderful food. Berni, thanks for the added stories and jokes throughout our stay as well!

      Michael P
    • We love this place!

      Reviewed 26 September 2019

      Our family of 6 stayed at the Pura Vida Hotel in Alajuela twice during our recent trip to Costa Rica. We were excited to stay here from the description, reviews, and photos, but it exceeded even our high expectations. The Katydid was the perfect set-up for our family. We loved the casita, the gardens, Berni and all of the staff, the breakfast, the restaurant recommendations, etc, etc. Every detail has been covered from storing luggage to making breakfast-to-go for those with early flights. We only wish we'd had more time here. We hope to come back to Costa Rica and will definitely stay at the Pura Vida Hotel again!

    • Second Stay and it get's better every time

      Reviewed 25 September 2019

      I stayed here for the second time with my best friend since we needed a place before an early flight. We arrived a bit late but Jose greeted us with a big smile and even prepared some fruit for me since I wanted a light dinner. The next morning at 4am he was at the reception office with breakfast to go and our Taxi waiting for us. It made everything so easy for us. The room was clean and comfortable, we had a great night sleep. Thank you for your hospitality. And we will definitely go back. Pura Vida!

    • Another great stay at my favorite hotel in Alajuela

      Reviewed 28 August 2019

      Once again, Pura Vida Hotel continues to be my home base for any visit to Costa Rica and will remain so indefinitely. It's just minutes away from SJO airport and an oasis: beautiful gardens and views from the outdoor dining area. The rooms are exquisite and a total pleasure to stay in. I could easily live in the Katydid Casita for an extended period of time. The breakfast includes a variety of fruits, yogurt with granola, toast, coffee, and the most delicious bread pudding I've ever had. Thank you Berni! Your staff is attentive, friendly and wonderful all around. I'm looking forward to my next stay.

    • Never fails to amaze and please

      Reviewed 27 August 2019

      I've lost track of the number of times I've stayed here for the first and last nights of what are usually 2 week trips around Costa Rica. Hospitality is second to none; I always feel like one of the family (and did from the very first visit). Absolutely nothing to criticize here; I highly recommend using their rental car services where Alamo delivers and picks up your vehicle here. It may cost a little more but eliminates 100% of the major hassle of getting a rental car near the Airport. Have rented via PVH 3? 4? times and it's so easy. Their ongoing high ratings are 100% deserved. Would never ever stay anywhere else.


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