The Gran Hotel used to be The hotel in San Jose. It has a lot of history, going back to the 1930's. They have tried to keep it in good repair, but it is not easy. So, be prepared for a dated hotel, but then, it goes with most of the downtown experience. The location, however, is wonderful for exploring the capitol on foot. The Jade Museum (highly recommended) is just the other side of the Parque Morazon, near the Yellow House (the CR White House). The wonderful Gold Museum is just under the Plaza de Cultura, directly outside the hotel. The National Theatre is in front (try to get a ticket for something at the box office), the pedestrian shopping street is behind. What more could you want? The price is moderate, the coffee shop by the lobby is great, but I would make two suggestions to improve the experience of staying there. One, the included breakfast was dull and has cheap ingredients. Better eggs, rolls, fruit, and juice would help. Two, if they exchange the blue florescent bulbs for warm colored bulbs in the lobby, the first and last impression of the hotel would improve 20%.
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel San Jose
- Gran Hotel Costa Rica San Jose