When traveling to other countries, we have to remember that US standards are very different. In my travels, I stayed at five different hotels in various parts of Costa Rica, so my reviews is more of a comparison of those hotels. Gran Hotel Costa Rica was the most modern hotel and the best location for being able to walk to see San Jose. I stayed at this hotel twice - my first and last nights. During my first stay, My shower was literally a trickle. The room was small (which is not a factor for me) and the bed was a brick. There was no air conditioning, but the ceiling fan was enough to keep me comfortable. There is wi-fi throughout the hotel, but it would not work during my second stay. The food was good. I had a much better room and shower on my second night, but the bed was still extremely firm. For being in San Jose, I would have expected more from this hotel.
- 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