I'm sure this place was amazing in the 30s, but now it's time for a few upgrades. Don't be fooled by their beautiful lobby...that's the bait and the hook. Service at reception was terrible. The thought of sleeping on the floor crossed my mind when I laid down on the hard mattress. The room was hot all night from the vents blowing hot air straight into the tiny tiny window that had a view of...the vents. San Jose gets chilly at night, but this night I slept without sheets. Breakfast wasn't good. Sorry I'm not being creative right now. If you want a nice Hotel go down the street to Hotel Presidente.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the absence of a major first-class hotel in the country, the Constitutional Congress of the Republic of Costa Rica enacted the law number 34 on November 22, 1928, which was actually a contract subscribed on October 3, 1928, by and between the first owner of the hotel, Dr. Luis Paulino Jimenez Ortiz, and Cleto Gonzalez Viquez, President of the Republic. It granted a series of fiscal benefits to the contractor, in exchange for the construction of the hotel. There was also a provision according to which the Government was granted for twenty years the right to have at their disposal for free two apartments at the hotel for lodging foreign diplomatic representatives of extraordinary nature. Grand Hotel Costa Rica is today operated by the Elite Hotels and Resorts Costa Rica hotel chain. It is the only hotel in Costa Rica that was declared a historical and architectural monument by the government of Costa Rica. Located in the heart of the San Jose between national monuments, squares, museums and pedestrian streets, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica is just a few steps away from the cultural landmarks and entertainment venues. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel San Jose
- Gran Hotel Costa Rica San Jose