We stayed in a standard room which we thought was of a very poor level. Then we found out that there are even economy rooms available; I wonder what they must look like. Our standard room definitely needed a lifting. The lamp was fiddled up with scotch, telephone did not work and the worst of all: bathroom sink was leaking straight, after brushing my teeth the bathroom was flooded...The management offered us an equivalent room but since it was quite late and we had all our luggage scattered all over the place, we satisfied ourselves with cleaning up the bathroom floor ourselves and using the shower tap for face wash etc. In return, the hotel management did not even offer us a cup of coffee! The after-taste of the stay was a soviet feel...
- 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