Tripadvisor locates this hotel several miles away from the city centre. In fact it could not be more central. It is opposite the Opera house.
The public areas of the hotel reflect the "Gran" in its name. The reception area is panelled with dark wood, and contains furniture from the visit of JFK in 1963. The breakfast room is like a formal ballroom. Unfortunately the buffet does not match up to its surroundings. The rooms are in need of updating and are quite tired. We stayed twice here in a "superior" room. The rooms had views out towards the Opera House, but I suspect the standard rooms would have views towards the interior of the building. Our first room was quite small. The second was larger. Both had refrigerator and air conditioning. Lighting was quite dim.
- 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