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Central Valley Hotels

Hotel Buena Vista


  • Excellent service
  • Family-friendly


  • Mediocre restaurant
  • Farther from the airport than other options

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

Perched high above Alajuela, this hotel's superb staff makes up for the somewhat dated, uninspired decor. It does have the "good view" it is named for, but few of its rooms share in that vista, which is best appreciated from the back lawn. Three balcony rooms on the second floor in back have decent views of the Central Valley, but even better are the views of Poás Volcano from the three rooms above the lobby. Most rooms, however, overlook the lawns or pool area. They

are fairly standard—carpeted and sparsely decorated, with small baths and TVs. The restaurant behind the lobby serves international dishes and grilled items.

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Hotel Information


6 km/4 miles north of Alajuela's Tribunales de Justicia on road to Poás, Alajuela, 20103, Costa Rica

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/2442–8595; 800-506–2304-in North America; /2442–8701

Hotel Details:

  • 11 rooms, 6 suites, 5 cabins
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/09/2014

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Jul 28, 2008

Loved the Buena Vista

We stayed our final night in CR at the Hotel Buena Vista, the rooms were very comfortable and the food in the restaurant was very good. We enjoyed the grounds, which were gorgeous. Very reasonable price and very helpful staff.

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Apr 6, 2006

Buena, buena!!

This was the best lodging value of our trip; rooms pretty standard but clean and updated (with wash cloths!!!)with pleasant views of the valley, lovely gardens or the volcano. Excellent restaurant on the premises with very helpful, friendly staff. The owner was very visible and hospitable. So convenient to the airport and volcano exploration. This place deserved the Fodor's star.

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