We stayed at the Gran Hotel on arrival in Costa Rica for two nights, and again before departure for one night. The overall Impression of this hotel is one of faded opulence - one half expects Hercule Poirot to walk out from behind a pillar and commence an investigation. Having said that, the hotel is clean and comfortable, and as mentioned by others, the breakfast is very good, and as substantial as anyone could wish.
Due to the age of the hotel it is difficult to compare with modern ones - the windows are not double glazed, and the air con unit is free-standing, with a hole cut into a pane of glass in the window, which makes the rooms quite noisy, especially on the lower floors, as life seems to go on in San Jose from very early morning till late in the evening. Some of the fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms also leave a bit to be desired - on our last day, we had to get up and shower in the dark, as the only light in the bathroom was over the sink unit which was on the other side of the shower curtain!
All the staff were courteous enough, our waiter told us the best places to go for souvenir shopping, and where to buy any bottles we wanted to take home. All in all we had a good stay, albeit brief, and would be happy to stay there again - the location is central, and a very interesting place to go for people watchers!
- 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