We returned to the Grano de Oro after 9 years. It has been enlarged and even more beautiful. We reserved the same room as we had before, the Garden Suite. Very large room with a sitting alcove, which then opens onto a private patio with lush plants. A/C is more than adequate, Wifi is as good as home (fast) and service is excellent. Several locals told us that this hotel is the most respected restaurant in San Jose.
For $35 they met us at the airport with a private driver - very easy and smooth. Greeted with juice upon arrival, and we went straight to lunch. The restaurant offers a choice of indoor or patio seating and over the three days we have enjoyed both. We travel a lot, (28 weeks out of the last 40) for business and pleasure, but this hotel is easily in the top five. Understand that we don't like glass and chrome palaces, but prefer classics and if possible family run.
I agree with another reviewer, that San Jose itself does not merit a few days, but, for us, this hotel merits a trip to Costa Rica. Then when you add the things you can see on day trips from here, it is great.
The restaurant is wonderful. Elegant surroundings, excellent service, food is about as good as it gets. Dinner with no alcohol = $100 USD; breakfast $20. For us, better than the best in Aspen (where we travel frequently on business) at 1/3 the price.
We were here three nights, and hate to leave; wondering when we can return. Can't say enough good things.
Try the garden suite ($265)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A converted Tropical Victorian mansion, the Grano de Oro Boutique hotel offers the warmth and comfort of staying in a private home with all the amenities of a Luxury hotel. Service is paramount and the always smiling staff welcomes guests to their “home away from home” time and again. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grano De Oro San Jose Costa Rica
- Grano De Oro San Jose