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Gran Hotel Costa Rica

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Central and Second Ave. Between 1 & 3, San Jose 527-1000, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Denver
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel has the potential to be a great classic property given some subtle updates and renovations which enhance but do not destroy the old school aesthetic. The lack of central air, or at least window air conditioning, is completely unacceptable in this day and age. Also, the public elevator leading to the rooms has a window which provides a... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In its day and when JFK stayed there it would have been a great hotel, but the rooms need updating, airconditioning for the warmer days would be great, bowever in saying that I enjoyed my stay there....the staff are great, helpful and friendly. The staff at breakfast made a great start to the day friendly bright and made some great... More

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Sandor T, Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Brian, thank you for your much appreciated comments. Actually we are in process of implementing a master refurbishment plan. We hope to welcome you back soon at our historical property, your home away from home, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, to enjoy all new amenities. More

Helsinki, Finland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I give three stars because the location is PERFECT. The service was good as well. I must throw in that the breakfast host, Victor (?) made your morning with the most friendly service I have come by. He his definitely a valuable asset to the hotel. However, the common areas and rooms are outdated. We had connecting superior rooms which... More

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Sandor T, Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Amelia, thank you for your much appreciated comments. We are sorry we could not fulfill you expectations. Actually we are in process of implementing a master refurbishment plan and hope you will be back soon at our historical property to enjoy all new amenities. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service,hearty&healthty food.minor situation in bathroom was corrected inmediately.Yes I will recomend El Gran Hotel Costa Rica.My sister & l went for 1 night,stay 2.We eated@hotel Rest.service,food&price was fine.l don't think its wise to go for á walk at night in downtown area,we did it,it was ok,w're in our 70's(not safe in any big city)

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Thank you for your much appreciated comments. We hope to welcome you back soon at our historical property, your home away from home, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica. More

Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really wanted to love this hotel ... especially the location but the hotel was quite icky and needs desperately to be updated. We got a suite at the top level for a very affordable rate and it appears that the furniture hasn't been changed since JFK stayed there. That said ... the service was excellent but I did move... More

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Sandor T, Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank you for your much appreciated comments,all of them have been taken into consideration. We are sorry we could not fulfill you expectations. Actually we are in process of implementing a master refurbishment plan and hope you will be back soon at our historical property to enjoy all new amenities. More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of this hotel couldn't be better, its in the center and near the main shopping street. Also the breakfast is super because of the "live" cooking of your fresh made waffles and omelettes. The rooms are spacious but dated, what should be charming but it is not anymore, that's why I gave the 3 stars in stead of... More

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Sandor T, Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Kim, Thank you for your much appreciated comments. We hope to welcome you back soon at our historical property, your home away from home, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica. More

Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes...she's a bit old, shabby even....and yes, perhaps a bit creepy, but if what you need is a place to sleep in the heart of San Jose, then this hotel is really not that bad. She is steps from the Teatro Nacional (a very worthwhile place to visit and take in a performance!) She is also steps from the Gold... More

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Sandor T, Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank you for your much appreciated comments, all of them have been taken into consideration. Actually we are in process of implementing a master refurbishment plan and hope you will be back soon at our historical property to enjoy all new amenities. More

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel does not look anything like the pictures on the website. As we drove up, I could not believe we were at the hotel because the neighborhood was not nice at all. The hotel has a bad smell, everything inside is old and the neighborhood is not clean. The bathroom in our room was not clean and the toilet... More

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Sandor T, Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank you for your much appreciated comments. We are sorry we could not fulfill you expectations. Actually we are in process of implementing a master refurbishment plan and hope you will be back soon at our historical property to enjoy all new amenities. More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really a sub-par hotel. One could describe it as shabby on the edge of creepy except that it goes beyond that to things like the locks on the door are broken, the AC doesn't work, and the front desk doesn't answer the phone.

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Sandor T, Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank you for your much appreciated comments. We are sorry we could not fulfill you expectations. Actually we are in process of implementing a master refurbishment plan and hope you will be back soon at our historical property to enjoy all new amenities. More

Fair Oaks, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Ah the Gran Hotel, what splendor you have but lack of wifi in your rooms. So the room was fine, enough space, ac , and a clean bathroom. Parking was not free or easy. We paid $15 dollars for valet parking. The resturant was average to moderate priced , but the food was better than expected. We had a house... More

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Thank you for your much appreciated comment, they all have been taken into consideration. We hope to welcome you back soon at our historical property, your home away from home, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica. More

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Additional Information about Gran Hotel Costa Rica

Address: Central and Second Ave. Between 1 & 3, San Jose 527-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Gran Hotel Costa Rica 3*
Number of rooms: 105
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Also Known As:
Gran Hotel San Jose
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