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Appleton, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very clean with some of the most comfortable beds I've ever been in. Our family of four had a 3 bed "junior suite" in the hotel proper our first night which was a cozy spot to wait out the hurricane. Next 2 nights were in a villa with a fabulous balcony overlooking the lights of San Jose in the valley... More 

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Ocean Bay Park, New York
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I booked a night at Buena Vista because we needed to have a lay over between our arrival at the San Jose airport and a long drive to our final destination in Dominical. We also needed to purchase a vehicle for our long stay in Costa Rica. My plan was to arrive at the hotel, go to... More 

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

Especially vaue this review because it was written by guests who have visited our hotel for fifteen years. The main point of the commentary is the service by the manager and personnel of the hotel. Appreiate those remarks because service is the most important characteristic of any hotel. We strive always to provide for the regular services and for the... More 

Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Yes it rained and poured at times. But the area is so beautiful. Orange trees, coffee plants, all kind of other plants. Service at the hotel is the best. Quiet, partly because it was low season so you feel like you have the hotel to yourself. It's ideal to go to Poas and the Waterfalls since it's the closest. We... More 

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

Dear Sylvie, Thank you for reviewing our hotel.We remember your family with affection. As you point out the traffic to and from San José is really heavy. It is best to go there after 9 in the morning, and return before 4 in the afternoon. The Waterfall Park is like Disney World except that its attractions are natural. Visitors have... More 

Florida
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This was our first stop on our much anticipated trip to Costa Rica. It was the perfect start to our two week vacation. The villa was private,spacious, clean, beautifully furnished with a large balcony and a beautiful view of the city below. The grounds are beautiful with awesome views. The staff was FANTASTIC and very very accommodating, because we had... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for writing a complete review of your stay. The villas are spacious as you point out. They will accomodate up to six persons so are an excellent choice for a large family. They are not expensive and offer very good value for the money. Hope that you visit Costa Rica again, and make us your first... More 

Aurora, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Hotel Buena Vista offered us a very tranquil and beautiful stay. Breathtaking views from our room overlooking the city of San Jose. The rooms, facilities, and entire property is very clean and modern, and staff is very warm, friendly and helpful.

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

Dear Guest. Thank you for your thoughtful review. You mentioned the important aspects of the hotel that are important: a friendly and helpful staff, clean and modern facilities. good food, and a fine location for viewing volcanoes, the valley central, and thousands of lights below at night. We appreciate having guests such as you. Ed Ed. More 

La Crescenta, California
2 reviews
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

We stayed in the hotel proper, upstairs room with a balcony both times we visited. Great leaving doors open for a breeze while looking out at the beautiful gardens. We recommend you get a room facing the inner garden, not the street side. Food was delicious and actually more than we could eat. A breakfast buffet would have prevented quite... More 

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

Thank you for visiting our hotel and writing a review of your stay. All but one of our upstairs rooms has a balcony. They are a good choice for a room because there are nice views from them. Appreciate your comment about the food. We strive to have good food and not waste, but serving double is not excusable. The... More 

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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Hotel Buena Vista Pros: -Exceptional homemade food made with local produce -gorgeous rooms with comfy beds -gorgeous view of San José from the room -super helpful, proud, friendly and chatty staff :) you really feel at home -beautiful pool and grounds -beautifully carved wood doors -they will do anything to accommodate your travel plans. *one of the very best hotels... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. Am glad that you liked the hotel and our staff. Am especially pleased the you liked the food. We go to the farmers' market once a week to buy fresh vegetables. We buy high quality meat, sea food, and cheese. The meal then is a result of the preparation by the kitchen staff.... More 

Epsom, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

The Hotel Buena Vista is very nice, quiet and clean. Rooms are nice and clean with a good shower. Food good, v larger portions. Efficient and friendly staff. Lovely gardens. I would recommend staying here.

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

Thank you for a concise review that said it all. We appreciate your taking time to write it. Please come again- Warm regards, Ed More 

New York
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16 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Great place, great service. Excellent staff. Room decor stands out in a good way. Furnishings are more high end. Bathrooms are done well. Has a nice local 10 min walk/ hike within the complex. But this is more appropriate for business travelers and or couples. Kids, not sure. Place is not accessible without a car or cab, nothing close by... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing our hotel. The hotel is located in a small village near the airport, but not in the city. It doesn't have the attractions offered by the city, but on the other hand offers peace and tranquility. It is more convenient to have a car or use a taxi. There is a bust stop within half a... More 

Austin, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Love this hotel! Located in a friendly neighborhood just a short drive from San Jose Airport. Avoid the boring airport hotels and get yourself a lovely room here with views of the Central Valley. The staff is wonderful and truly believes in offering top-notch guest service. We would gladly stay here again!

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

Thank you for your review. We chose the location for the hotel in the beginning for three reasons, it was close to the airport and not far from the Poas Volcano and offers outstanding views of the valley below. Since then there is another important advantage. The traffic from the airport to San José is extremely heavy. To avoid delays... More 

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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: ₹ 9,391 - ₹ 15,011 (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 Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
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“Second floor rooms have a great view, and Villa offers more privacy.”
 of 5 bubbles lionelfoster, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“In main building ask for room on 2nd floor with a balcony facing the gardens.”
 of 5 bubbles 761judyc, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Villa 1 is large with an awesome bathroom and balcony overlooking the Central Valley. Close to Coffee Trail also.”
 of 5 bubbles , 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are wonderful... Go for the villas; its like having your own house in the Costa Rican mountains!”
 of 5 bubbles jmascia5, 14 Aug 2016 | Read review
“If you decide to stay here.....the villas are PERFECT”
 of 5 bubbles , 11 Aug 2016 | Read review
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