We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 85 San Jose hotels

Gran Hotel Costa Rica

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Central and Second Ave. Between 1 & 3, San Jose 527-1000, Costa Rica
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Gran Hotel Costa Rica to your Saves list
Gran Hotel Costa Rica
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
49%
Ranked #42 of 85 hotels in San Jose
A recent review
4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
paul-delaware Delaware
  • Reviews (568)
  • Photos (290)
  • Amenities
  • Room tips (95)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

568 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    75
    182
    165
    91
    55
See reviews for
90
200
50
45
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (95)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Delaware
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here one night as part of a school group team and enjoyed it. The hotel quality was better than most of the other hotels we stayed in, but the lack of air conditioning and limited window and fan options left the room stuffy. But the fifth-floor breakfast room is beautiful - almost Gadsbyesque - and the buffet is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
san francisco
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I bought this hotel on Hotwire and was very pleasantly surprised by the nice buffet breakfast. Both The room and bathroom were good, clean, spacious enough, and the location of the hotel is superb. It's close to a market store so if you need to buy anything its right outside. The staff is very courteous and helpful. I ordered a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Little Rock
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I was 18 in Costa Rica, I dreamed of staying at this classic grand hotel. Now I can, partly because I get a paycheck, and partly because it's declined some since that day and is cheaper now. Either way, I'll take it. With new ownership in the last year (we were told by a local friend) and a (looks)... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The other reviews for this hotel are spot on. It has an excellent location in the center of the city and is a classic and regal building. The lobby is dark, but welcoming and the staff very friendly. The rooms are small, the AC is a loud stand alone unit and the lighting isn't the best, but the bed and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hamburg, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in the Gran Hotel for three nights. I enjoyed it very much. Nice staff, excellent breakfast with a spectacular view on a balcony on fifth floor. Only thing: There is no parking space. You have to pay 15 $ per night, a staff member drives the car to a public guarded parking space.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Swaffham, United Kingdom
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the first and last part of our holiday, the Gran Hotel was the destination. Brilliantly situated (unless Costa Rica have won a match in the World Cup) for all central San Jose. The hotel has wonderful decor which demands some attention. Rooms are spacious but those on the front suffer from poor sound insulation which means that traffic and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hitchin, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
36 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed three nights at this historic hotel located next to the national theatre and gold museum. For location this hotel can't be beaten as we were able to walk to all of the main attractions and tourist areas easily. Our room was large with two double sized beds, air conditioning(noisy) and a ceiling fan. Whilst the beds were comfortable... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandor T, Director General at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank your for your nice comments which are much appreciated. We took notice of the noisy AC unit and have already fixed it. Please ask next time for an extra towel or two, we have plenty of them for our guest. We hope to welcome you back soon to our property. More

San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is solely regarding the integrated restaurant. If you are looking for a fantastic veranda with old world Spanish presidential charm this place can't be beat. We had the Corvina Ceviche and Shrimp Salad and both were delightful. The cafe o'lait following was excellent as well. The desert Fruzzata was unique and a melody of flavors unique to any... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandor T, Director General at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comments on our restaurant. Please come back soon and try another delightful dish of which we have a nice menu full of it. Bon apetit! More

2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hotel is located in the center of San Jose. Staff was very friendly. Breakfast was included and it was excellent. The food at the restaurant was excellent and the prices very fair. They had a young woman playing the piano who was very good. The waiters were very good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandor T, Director General at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, we are glad we could meet and surpass your expectations. Please come back soon to your home away from home to the Gran Hotel Costa Rica. More

Groveland, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The general manager was kind enough to prepare our Guanabana into a fresh fruit drink for us. Thank you so much! Also, he warmed up the tamales I had made and brought them in a beautiful bowl. We ordered a few drinks, but most of all dined on the food I brought from our rain forest ranch in Limon. I... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Sandor T, Director General at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and we are glad you liked staying at our property. We are looking forward to welcome you back in January at your home away from home the Gran Hotel Costa Rica. More

Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Gran Hotel Costa Rica, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Gran Hotel Costa Rica? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity, Booking.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Tingo, BookingOdigeoWL, Despegar.com, Otel, Venere and Agoda so you can book your Gran Hotel Costa Rica reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Gran Hotel San Jose
Gran Hotel Costa Rica San Jose

290 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (270)
Viewed
View from room (11)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (85)
Viewed
Dining (38)
Viewed
Room/suite (41)
Viewed
Bathroom (14)
Viewed
Other (81)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (21)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (6)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Family/play areas (3)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Other (5)

Amenities

Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Class
Number of rooms
105

See which rooms travelers prefer