We recently stayed at the Gran Hotel for a night. The location couldn't be better... I booked the hotel online on their website; the hotel claimed free parking as one of the amenities however once we entered we were told to pay a $15 parking fee since the parking lot within the hotel was full (it can apparently hold 4 cars and they call it 'free parking') and we were charged $15 since they would be using a different parking garage... My point is, if you claim to be providing free parking, you shouldn't charge a fee regardless of there is space or not.
Coming to the rooms: they were old style, no A/C (most of the hotels in San Jose do not seem to have A/C since the weather is great) however with almost none ventilation, it was a bit difficult. The bathroom drainage system is way too slow - thanks to the hotel representatives, they moved us to a different room... The hotel deserves a 3 star mainly due to the location aspect and the fact that it has colonial architecture however be mindful that there are better options in the area.
- 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