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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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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Brussels, Belgium
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The hotel is very pretty to look at especiallywhen you just enter the building. I really liked the style, colonial, grand, etc. The rooms are ok Not fantastic Could be bigger and seem to be in need of renovation The best was breakfast served in a nice top floor lobby

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very quaint and great location! Checked in for the night before we flew home the next day, charming hotel right next to the Central Avenue where we toured the shops and the locale culture. Staff was very nice and helpful, really made us feel welcome as we lamented the end of our Costa Rica vacation. Puts Vida!

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

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

Orlando, Florida
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432 reviews 432 reviews
66 hotel reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel has so much charm and is located centrally in the heart of San Jose. We loved the entrance which makes the hotel look like its in a different century then the one we are in right now. The inside also has a feel of "old school". My wife and I particularly love the foyer towards the back where... More

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Steve, 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

Maarssen, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for a couple of nights so I(my girlfriend was already in CR a while) could get you used to the climate and time difference. The hotel itself looked indeed like a gran hotel but it would have looked better back in the days. However I will still give this 4 stars because of the very friendly staff,... More

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Thank you Arne 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

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

Very friendly and correct service,professional, very clean and you get your food fast! Excellent pancakes! Nice location! Not too expensive! I would definitely recommend it to everyone! It is located across from the national theatre so you have a nice view and it is the central point of san jose.

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Thank you Katrien 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

Springfield, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I stayed here for one night on July 22nd. The hotel has a classic look, great architecture, nice clean rooms, attentive front desk agents. I got a room overlooking a beautiful plaza. The breakfast room is so beautiful, one can see a lot of the city from there. They have a pool table and a foosball table... More

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Thank you Saul 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

Berkshire, England
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel is right in the centre of the city and a lot of rooms have a view over the square. The staff are very friendly and the hotel is clean. It's a bit tired but still a nice hotel. The breakfast area has some nice views as it's on the top floor. The restaurant is expensive compared to others... More

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Thank your 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

Detroit, Michigan
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6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We felt fancy being in the lobby and restaurant. Our room was nice - not extravagant. Our room overlooked a city square, so starting early in the morning, you hear chatter and street vendors shouting. Biggest drawback was that it seemed to be a mecca for US high school Spanish 4 trips. Gaggles of teens. Most likely was our timing... More

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Thank you Zoe 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

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

We had dinner twice at the restaurant. The first time after watching the football game NL - Argentina which ended not so good for us... Personell was very friendly and showed great hospitality. So we decided tot have dinner later on. Good traditional and Italian food. The second time we were in San Jose we decided for the Gran Hotel... More

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Thank your 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

Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Gran to start off our 10 day trip to Costa Rica. I went to school in San Jose in the 90s and remembered that this area is the center of what goes on in SJ. Back then we had coffee in their cafe and I always wanted to stay here since then. That being said San... 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

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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*
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Gran Hotel San Jose
Gran Hotel Costa Rica San Jose

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