This hotel was central but dated and the air con unit was free standing and noisy. Don't take a room at the front as the central square is noisy with the crossing on the road making beeping noises all night so did not make for a restful sleep at all.
The breakfast room is high up on the 5th floor so there are views over the city but it lacks character, the city is not a pretty place.
Close by is the main pedestrian street with the usual shops and the mercado is worth a trip just a few hundred metres away from the hotel. This is a good place for a coffee and cake or snacks from the Sodas. We were delayed by heavy rain so had to buy umbrellas which proved hard to find and asking was difficult as we speak limited Spanish.
The hotel restaurant/cafe outside had reasonable but pricey food with an outdoor area so quite nice for our first meal in the country and the burger was ok.
As our flight was delayed we missed our first night but no room was available when we arrived which was annoying, they said they had sold it but they did provide a large suite for us several hours later so we had much more space on the first stay but the last day of our trip back at the hotel was in a room with the smallest bathroom I have been in for many years. Did not complain as we were leaving at 5.30 am to get the plane home.
- 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