There are many places you can choose to stay

We specialize in creating special treats for our guests from what we find fresh at the market today. There is no menu, we find the inspiration as we look at the produce and put together a menu for the night that matches what we think will be right.  An excellent wine slection too.

On Fridays, the farmers market dinner

Will likely include a visit to our favorite fish monger. We will then shop for a complimentary first course and ponder a dessert that will work for the night. At the market (perhaps the largest in Costa Rica) we can ponder our theme - French Country, South East Asian Authentic, California Fusion.

Did we mention desserts?

Tropical fruit crepes made fresh today, 3 things you can do with garden lemons, flour less chocolate torte, chocolate pot de creme, chocolate orange croissant pudding and a whole lot more (some even without chocolate). We make the one that night that is the perfect compliment to the other two courses.

The perfect location for your breakfast experience and your dinner memories

A private open air terrace above the beautiful botanical garden of the Pura Vida. Never more than 12 or 14 guests all sharing a special quest for a great dinner. Dinners are by advanced reservation only, please book ahead.

Welcome to the Orchid Restaurant

Plaza Ferias Alajuela farmers market
Where dinner starts - the farmers market of Alajuela
Pura Vida flowers at breakfast slopes of Poas
The freshest flowers at your breakfast table from your garden walk
chicken satay
Chicken Satay can make (does make: editor :-(() a marvelous starter
miso fish at Pura Vida Hotel
When Miso makes a perfect accompaniment
amazing deserts near SJO airport
And a perfect ending to every meal

Beautiful Breakfasts and Scrumptious Dinners

An open air terrace above the beautiful botanical garden of the Pura Vida. Our special dinners are by advanced reservation only. There are no restaurants within walking distance of the hotel however we can call a taxi or teleport you to local restaurants not far from the hotel if you prefer.

The Pura Vida dinner service is an ongoing evolution that started in a tiny restaurant overlooking the Pacific on the remote southern end of the Nicoya peninsular.

Our host that night was Barbara of the Finca Los Caballos, near Montezuma. She gave us the idea for a simple but delicious prix fixe dinner that has evolved into our gourmet experience.

Later our ideas emerged into a public restaurant inspired by Grandmas kitchen in Saigon and which reached #1 on Tripadvisor. Today we are a private dining experience in the Orchid covered terrace garden of the Pura Vida - exclusively for our guests.

"Do not miss the gourmet dinner prepared by his lovely wife. It will be one of the best, if not the best,meals you will have in Costa Rica. It is a three course fixed priced feast. The meal is prepared with fresh ingredients obtained at the market that day. An intimate dinner at the hotel after a long day of travel makes the stay even more rewarding."  Luigi in California on TripAdvisor

Our Day

Near the equator, dawn arrives nearly all year round at 5:15am, the chickens of the neighborhood, the birds of the central valley and the people of Costa Rica are all getting up.

Ticos after all are early to bed and early to rise. The casa opens at 7am (fresh Costa Rican coffee is available in all the rooms at any time). The Orchid Restaurant is up and running at about 7:15am every day with breakfast starting at 7:30am and going till 9:30am. Most afternoons you will find the owners scavenging the neighborhood for the best and freshest of ingredients.  The hotel is fortunate enough to be within 500 meters (as the crow flies) of the best supermarket in Costa Rica and 2 or 3 km from the best farmers market too - open Fridays and Saturdays. Dinner prep starts around 4pm.  Dinner, when available, starts around 7pm.

"Fresh aint much of a secret" but super fresh ingredients from our local Alajuela markets and some creative cooking gets you our delicious breakfasts and dinners at the Pura Vida.

"The breakfasts, served on a spacious outdoor patio, are delicious and definitely worthwhile to book ahead for one of Nhi's 3-course dinners." Bev in Seattle, from



"Nhi is an exceptionally gifted, creative chef, so we recommend making advance arrangements to have dinner at the hotel", Lisa in Maryland on

You have choices, choices and choices. When you stay at a hotel in Costa Rica we hope you'll think of the small B&B's, Lodges and Inns - places where you will learn something about the local environment run by people who live in and invest in this beautiful country . . . we hope we may welcome you back for your next trip!