Arrived the first night and after a long exhausting flight from the UK and I just wanted to shower and sleep. I read the reviews and was aware that this was a noisy hotel, but it was part of a pre booked tour so I had no choice. I asked at reception for a room that was not street facing…but she could not be bothered…not particularity helpful.
I think it was 426 – should be avoided at all costs. It’s street facing it’s noisy and when I turned on the tap, brown lukewarm water came out…I was far too tired to do anything at that point and just showered and went to sleep. BTW you have to let the shower run for about 7 mins before it actually becomes hot.
Surprisingly, despite the strange noises including the howling dog from the next room, I did fall asleep. This was more so because I was completely exhausted…It’s really musky smelling and has pretty outdated furniture. TV was modern though and had a couple of English movie channels.
A soon as you enter the room (this one in particular) there is no light switch – you have to walk to the middle of the room and pull the fan switch…bit difficult to find if upon entering the room it’s dark…. Lighting is very low. I was put in a different room on my way back, it is was smaller but far better, think it was on the 3rd maybe, it was better and the shower did not spurt brown water.
Despite all this, it’s perfectly acceptable accommodation for 1 or 2 nights…any longer I would not recommend. The location was great, right bang in the centre of it all, great theatre across the road, and great bars and restaurants all within walking distance. Do visit the steak house behind the church – it was delicious and there is a bar on the way –tropical something I think – very pretty and it is part of a hotel I think. Breakfast buffet was adequate and the service is great.
Beware and avoid the boulevard at night, it’s dangerous you should stay in well-lit areas in the evenings.
Hotel does not have adaptors for UK, but if you ask they may be able to charge phone at the desk.
Rooms are old, décor is old, bit musky smelling and NOISY! (again this will depend on the type of room too).
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- Gran Hotel Costa Rica San Jose