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Gran Hotel Costa Rica

3.0 of 5 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
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed in this hotel in early January 2015 for one night. The location is excellent as it is right in the city centre and located next to a nice square with performers, shops and restaurants. The staff at the hotel front desk were helpful and even provided a crib for our baby without us asking. The room was big (we... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

years ago was grand..now the carpet was dirty...the bathroom had bad oder and the sink was coming off the wall...and the security ( paul ) will harrass you if you have a guest come in..He definatly needs a 101 course in customer relations..I will never go back to this hotel if you are gay because they will harrass you..I cut... More 

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Tilaran, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The people at the front desk were friendly and helpful . The atmosphere in the common areas was like going back in time with all the old wood work and original fixtures. I have seen some bad reviews about this place and really don't understand them.. I HAVE STAYED HERE 3 DIFFERENT TIMES and was comfortable each time. If you... More 

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Boston
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully historic building in a very convenient location for city site seeing. The staff were incredibly helpful and even packed me an early morning breakfast take away for an early flight out. There was free wifi but not all of the rooms had a good signal. Delicious fresh fruit at breakfast and good coffee at every turn (including a coffee... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a nice place with a good view over the city from the breakfast buffet. Cool and very friendly staff, who would like to help. The place a bit old, not very fancy, but fine place to stay for a night in the capital. The restaurant has a very nice risotto - you must try it!

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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 glad that you liked our risotto! Actually we are in process of implementing a master refurbishment plan so we hope to welcome you back soon at our historical property, your home away from home, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica. More 

United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review is for the patio restaurant that I went to out of desperation because I was starving and couldn't find anything that seemed authentic or that was more appealing. Anyhow, I requested to sit outside and the host said yes. So I'm sitting outside waiting for someone to serve me. Then sometime after a different host or maybe it... 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, all of your comments have been taken into consideration. More 

Ridgefield, New Jersey
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80 reviews 80 reviews
19 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not impressed with the accommodations here. The rooms and the breakfast were way below par. We had no air conditioning, our room smelled and was generally dirty. The hotel had a cool aire of history in its bones, but unfortunately the level of service and appearance were not that of a Gran historic hotel. I believe that some... 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, all of your comments have been taken into consideration. More 

Courtenay, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was here for a number of days traveling on my own. Yes its old, and in some ways cute with it but what you do not know is this.... The rugs "carpets are swept no vacuums are used, I sneezed and coughed till my eyes watered, the wi fi is not dependable. The breakfast, well the guy who makes... 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, , all of your comments have been taken into consideration. We are working on an upgrade of our window system to prevent the street noise penetrating our rooms and to assure a quite night rest to our customer. We hope to welcome you back... More 

Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our last 2 nights in Costa Rica were spent here and 4 of our friends stayed as well and it was a nice stay. We were centrally located and close to shopping in the center of Downtown San Jose. We arrived before check-in so our rooms were not ready, but staff was very friendly and welcoming and offered to hold... 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 hope to welcome you back soon at our historical property, your home away from home, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica. More 

Miami Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The room was so nice & comfortable with many pillows & great view from room w/pvt entrance area at end of corner of the Hotel so it was very private! The only thing is the bathroom had only 1 small but bright light for a big bath area could have had more light but full breakfast every morning served by... 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 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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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
Gran Hotel Costa Rica San Jose
Hotel Style:
#5 Casino Hotel in San Jose

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