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Hotel Pura Vida
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Portland, Oregon
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144 reviews
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“Favorite Hotel”
Reviewed 18 October 2011

The owners are so helpful and made our stay in Puerto Viejo and their hotel our favorite place. The owner is very knowledgeable and willing to give any advice on the area. The rooms are spacious and very clean. This is a great hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

We spent several days here and really enjoyed it. Luis and Almut have created a very relaxing environment with an "upscale" feel. The room we had was a double near the reception area. It has ceiling fan and mosquito netting. The room and common areas were extremely clean and well kept with daily housecleaning. The common area has lots of seating options (including lots of hammocks) with ceiling fans. Wifi is free although they don't have computers for the guests. The price is reasonable and the staff is super friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mannheim, Germany
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We spent only by coincidence two nights at the Pura Vida Hotel, because it seemed a lot more relaxing than the Rocking J's. We liked it so much, that we decided to skip our already booked hotel for our last week in Costa Rica and spend it here.

Almut and Luis know how to make you feel at home. They are very friendly and treat you like family. Furthermore Luis was the best surf instructor I have had so far. As a sport instructor he is offering many activities on a high quality.

Rooms are available in different sizes and standards. First we had a double with private bathroom and balcony and then one w/o the balcony. Both very nice, clean and comfortable. Cost-benefit ratio was excellent. We spend nights at other places with double price and half quality.

All in all it was our nicest experience in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

Found Pura Vida online and sent an email reservation. Called the next day to confirm and was abruptly told our email came too late in the day and they cannot confirm a reservation. Should have stopped right there. Got off the bus in Puerto Viejo and walked to Pura Vida. Were shown our room, right next to the reservations desk and kitchen. We asked if we could look at a different room because of the proximity to the desk and the noise we'd have to deal with. The owner storms into the room, slams all the curtains shut, and demands to know if we've touched anything. Then he shows us another room. It was really off putting for having just gotten there, and still being interested in staying there.

That being said, the place is really clean and everything seems like it was recently updated. They had nice sheets and clean shared bathrooms. F.Y.I. There is a rooster at a neighbors house that starts crowing at 4am.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Turnhout, Belgium
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights on our trip to Costa Rica. I was surprised to read the previous reviews about rules and rude owners. We never had any problems. The receptionist Sonja is really great! She helped us out with a lot of things and does a lot to make your stay agreeable. We never met the owners, but we didn't hear anyone else complain. It's true there's no-one there after 8 pm, but they tell you that from the start, so I don't see any problem: just be sure you have your key! The rooms are clean and comfortable. True, there are holes in the mosquito net, but in my opinion it's best never to rely on these things in more "developing" countries, and to breng your own. We had a room with shared bathroom, which was excellent value for money (and this was also the ONLY hotel on our 3-week trip that was recommended in our 2011 travel guide and that had not augmented its prices!!!!). Breakfast is nice, though maybe slightly overpriced. But then again, most hotels where it is included charge for that in the room rate too.

I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who wishes to stay in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Pura Vida

Property: Hotel Pura Vida
Address: South Of Bus Stop 270 m, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,906
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Hotel Pura Vida Costa Rica/Limon

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