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Gran Hotel Costa Rica

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, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

This is a really nice building, incredibly historical, and right next door to the National Theater. Over the years, it has housed diplomats and John F. Kennedy. The lobby is beautiful and the rooms and facilities are nice. Our biggest complaint, however, was location because at night, it is not safe to walk around the neighborhood. We felt a bit... More 

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cambridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2011

The most stylish hotel in the city centre, this hotel clearly realises the problems of the bustle in San Jose by providing free ear plugs in its rooms. Other hotels please copy. Sadly, bath plugs were not always provided (missing in one of my two rooms). And, also, on one of the two occasions in the month I stayed here... More 

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Austin, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2011

Stayed at the Gran just one night. After a bad checki in experience, I went to the room which was even worse. No air conditioning...no air flow....clean but very uncomfortable, and noisey. After ten minutes I called the front desk and asked to move to another room, in hopes of getting at least some fresh air. Night clerk could not... More 

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London
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51 hotel reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

Similar to many other travellers arriving into Costa Rica, we needed a place to crash en route to the coast and chose the Gran Hotel based on it's city centre location. This was a mistake. The room was without air conditioning, dirty and in dire need of updating. The rate-inclusive breakfast was a joke and the staff in general completely... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

We stayed for on night in an economy room. The room was as expected for an economy room I guess. The hotel itself is attractive, and quiet at night. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is a poor value though - expensive and not very good food.

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Ottawa, Ontario
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64 hotel reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2011

I stayed here with a friend, twice during my recent trip to Costa Rica. Location: Hotel is located right in the heart of San Jose, about 30 minutes from the airport. Perfect location and walking distance to everything in San Jose. Service: The check-in/check-out staff were a little slow and some spoke very very poor English but they still were... More 

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Copenhagen
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

We stayed in Gran Hotel for one night twice during our trip to Costa Rica. We didn’t expect much after having read the reviews in Tripadvisor so we were actually positively surprised. The first time we stayed at the hotel we had a very small and rather dull room but the second time our room was both spacious and nice... More 

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Limoux, France
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

This is (wrongly in my opinion) classed a four star hotel and they seem to be simply trading on the fact that they are set slap bang in the middle of San Jose. From the outside and in the lobby, the initial impression is one of elegeant colonialism, but take the lift to your room and you find shabby rooms... More 

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new york, ny
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6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

If you're looking for a hotel in downtown San Jose, this really is the best location available - right across from the famous National Theatre. Standard rooms are cheap, breakfast is served in a wonderful historic room on the 5th floor, but service is pretty indifferent and poor.

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California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

Despite the hotel's name, our room was nothing grand, but it was fine in a no-frills way (clean and not lacking anything essential). The location is the reason to stay at this hotel - it's literally next to the Teatro Nacional, and a great starting point to walk around and explore. It's also an easy drive from the hotel to... More 

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