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Buena Vista Chic Hotel

9 Km North From The International Airport Toward Poas Volcano 9 km north from Juan Santa María International Airport, road to National Park Póas Volcano, Pilas, Alajuela 760 4050 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Travellers' Choice
An exclusive address for a stay just for you, on a lush hill, Buena Vista boasts a relaxed colonial Spanish-style architecture boutique hotel with two stories and five villas, 24 km from Poás Volcano and 10 km from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Within 2.5-acres of magnificently manicured grounds, hidden in the midst of a coffee plantation, with more than 100 species of birds, and easy hiking pathways at 4200ft above sea level. Accommodations at Buena Vista incorporates a choice of 11 Deluxe Standard Rooms, 11 Superior Balconies, 3 Junior Suites, and 5 Luxury Villas — where a feeling of peace and tranquility begins enveloping each guest. Room rates include a complimentary delectable breakfast every morning and free transportation to and from the international airport (from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm). With a convenient location near the Juan Santamaria International Airport, Buena Vista showcases cultural beauty in one of its many old towns called Pilas. Far from providing an urban experience one could not find a more serene and secluded introduction, farewell or full stay in Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Children's television networks
Free airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Experience36671 wrote a review 12 Sep
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Wish I had more than one day to stay here. The hotel is beautiful, clean and comfortable. Gorgeous view overlooking San Jose. The food is excellent. I loved the Buena Vista salad. The staff are so kind and accommodating. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Frank D wrote a review Aug 2021
Utica, New York28 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed the night before we were leaving. Beds and room were comfortable. Staff was friendly. Ate in the restaurant and it was pretty good. Beautiful view of the valley. Neat to have a little coffee plantation to walk through. Nice to have the free shuttle, driver was awesome, so nice, he even bought us a candy from a street vendor when we were in route to the airport.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Ask for a view of the valley
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artsanmiguel wrote a review Jul 2021
Austin48 contributions10 helpful votes
Our reservation was made with Jason directly, as I have difficulty doing this on-line. As required in Costa Rica, we are residents not tourists, we are required to have notification that we have a hotel reservation, thus allowing us to travel as our license plate is on the do not drive day. Arriving on a beautiful cool afternoon Jason made sure I was assisted with the suitcase as I walk with a cane. He checked us in and took us to the room. Talk about service! His dinning recommendations were excellent. He made the TV in the restaurant/bar accessible for the NBA playoff game for us to view. We we able to meet Lee, the owner, who makes sure the services of Buena Vista Chic Hotel are the best. Art and Carole We will return again,
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: We had a garden room on the ground floor by the pool,
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aswisstravellerCH wrote a review Jun 2021
Zurich, Switzerland16 contributions3 helpful votes
During our four months in Costa Rica we stayed at Buena Vista Chic various times. It was the place where we started and ended our journey but also the place where we stayed at while crossing the country and changing the coastlines. There’s certainly a reason we always came back here: the staff makes sure you always feel welcome and at home, the location is just perfect for a getaway and the hotel itself is so beautiful! The people working here felt like friends after a while although remaining professional and helpful when getting in touch with them again. All the rooms we stayed in were always tidy and clean (although the ones on the groundfloor might be a bit fresh& humid at night) and the different views from the balconies are just so pretty. The hotel has its own garden/coffee walk which is such a good start into Costa Rican’s nature and the view is just amazing! The food is delicious too, so there’s no need to go and eat elsewhere at all! And of course the kids enjoyed the pool but also we as adults loved to go for a swim next to the flowered wall filled with colibris and other interesting animals. During our last stay it just so happened that the owner was there at the same time and he turned out to be really friendly and helpful too. Generally we fell in love with Costa Rica and its friendly pura-vida-lifestyle and Buena Vista Chic is just the best example why. Costa Rica we will come back for sure and if we do so we hope Buena Vista Chic will still be there!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Stefan L wrote a review May 2021
Worldwide11 contributions2 helpful votes
The room was ok, the service was friendly and the view in the garden over the city was great. The different walks on the property where nice. The lunch was good and we could choose from various options. Recommended, but a bit expensive.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
US$129 - US$268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
buena vista hotel, buena vista alajuela
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaAlajuelaPilas
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buena Vista Chic Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm (4.7 km), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (4.8 km), and Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (4.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ragu, Pesqueria da Limonta, and El Chante Vegano.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Buena Vista Chic Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Buena Vista Chic Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Buena Vista Chic Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Pilas.
Are any cleaning services offered at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Buena Vista Chic Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.