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Gran Hotel Costa Rica
Ranked #39 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Helsinki, Finland
1 review
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“Best place in San José”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

The overwhelming natural beauty of Costa Rica is not really matched by the attraction of San José which is rather banal as a city. However, some landmarks like the Gran Hotel, the National Opera or the covered market place make a visit to the city worth while when in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Monica V, Gerente at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Dear Cantell.

Greetings from Gran Hotel Costa Rica.

Thank you so much for you positive feed back about our hotel. We are more than happy that your experience in the hotel was the best. I hope in the near future you will be our guest again, and enjoy, the unique experience of the Grand Hotel Costa Rica… The only hotel declared Historical and Architectural Patrimony in Costa Rica.

Cordially;
Monica Vargas
Marketing and Sales Manager
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Montezuma, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

I stayed here and the rooms were great. My complaint is that first they could not find our reservations, They finally did. Next my girfriends' son paid in cash and then they also charged his credit card, When I called them they had said they had no record of him staying there. I checked out the next day and they tried to overcharge me by $20.00 a day. It was at 5 in the morning and luckily I checked the bill. Be aware of their scam.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

The absolute best thing about The Gran Hotel is it's location and that is true only if you are interested in what it's near. It sits right on the Plaza de Cultura where the people watching is fine and there are always street entertainers. The Precolumbian Gold Museum, Jade Museum, National Museum and the National Theater are all adjacent to the Plaza so are virtually an extension of the hotel. The Mercado Central is just a few block walk and is not to be missed. There your senses will be delighted by the sights and sounds of a very large market jammed with exotic fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. There are small cafes called "sodas" offering tasty local snacks, coffee, refrescos and typical local ice cream ("sorbete"...try La Sorbetera de Lolo Mora...one flavor only, made with vanilla, cinnamon and other spices).
Otherwise the hotel is old and a bit worn but with a grand feel. The outdoor cafe/bar is very nice as is the food served there. The breakfast is served on th top floor in a vast space with large windows offering views of the surrounding mountains (partially blocked by modern buildings). Breakfast is typical Costa Rican fair but good (rice and black beans, eggs, potatoes, etc.).
Many rooms have no AC so, if you suffer from the heat, be sure you get one. The rooms overlooking the plaza are very picturesque but noisy. The inner rooms can come with the continuous sound of AC units running coming through your windows which are open because you don't have AC.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Monica V, Gerente at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you very much for your comments. They are always very well received to improve our services.

Since we are a Historical and Architectural Patrimony building, not all our rooms have air conditioning, but some superior rooms, deluxe rooms, masters suite, and of course, the J.F.K. Presidential Suite, do have air conditioning. We are currently in the process of installing more portable A/C units to enhance the comfort of our rooms.

In order to improve our standards we are also in the process of installing double internal windows to reduce some noise that may come from the outside.

We hope to have but projects finished by the end of this year.

Again, we thank you for your comments and if in the near future you decide to return to our country, we will be delighted to have you as our guest, once more.

Best regards,

Monica Vargas
Marketing and Sales Manager
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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

Beautiful hotel with impressive lobby, piano bar and outdoor patio cafe. We got off on a rocky start with receptionists who were not overly friendly or welcoming. Nonetheless, the room was small but well-appointed. Downside is that a standard room does not have air conditioning, which is not mentioned when you book online. With an open window and a barely adequate overhead fan, it was noisy from rowdy guests and machinery. You can upgrade to a superior room but I found that my second standard room had a fan that was up to the task. It's not overly hot in San Jose but when your room faces the patio the air doesn't circulate as well. Lots of young people in groups stay there in July and they aren't always as well-behaved. Restaurant was nice but over-priced like all meals in Costa Rican restaurants (not "sodas"). Breakfast buffet was wonderful with a great view of SJ from the top floor. Internet never worked.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Lewiston, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

This was such a beautiful hotel. You can't help but imagine the awesome history of this beautiful, majestic hotel and who all may have stayed their over the years. I had a room overlooking the plaza and just loved my room and view. I would definately stay here again.

Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Monica V, Gerente at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
Dear Miss Terri:

Greeting from Grand Hotel Costa Rica.

Thank you so much for your positive comment. We feel very proud of our hotel and we are more than happy when our guests enjoy their stay, as you have recently experienced with us. I hope in the near future you will be our guest again so you can enjoy, once more, the unique experience of the Grand Hotel Costa Rica… The only hotel declared Historical and Architectural Patrimony in Costa Rica.

Once again thank you for your nice comments.

Best regards,
Monica Vargas
Marketing and sales Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

We stayed here at the start of June and were very happy we did.
The service from all the staff is excellent. Every morning we enjoyed a buffet breakfast and looked out over the city.
We were also treated to views of the incredibly beautiful Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica next door.
There is an okay gym if you need to exercise.
There is tour booking office in the lobby and the lady there was incredibly helpful, even when not selling us a tour.
The decor is beautiful and our room was well appointed. It was also very clean and comfortable.
Our only complaint was the hordes of EF students from the USA get a little annoying. One night, a group of them ran screaming up the hallway and banging on doors. To the hotel's credit, they sent someone up immediately after I called and found the offenders and told them off.
We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Monica V, Gerente at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, July 17, 2012
Dear Mr. Michael.

Greetings from Gran Hotel Costa Rica. Thank you so much for taking time to write about us in Trip Advisors and share with the rest of the guest your good experience in our hotel, we work very hard in order to satisfy the client needs. Also we are going extend your comments to the other departments who helps to offer you a excellent time. Please don´t hesitate to contact us when you decide to visit again the hotel.

Cordially

Monica Vargas
Marketing and sales Manager.
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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

this hotel is really beautiful. It looks like something out of a 1930s movie...very rich and ornate. The location is safe and really central. The rooms are nice, there are flat screen TVs and small fridges and the beds are comfortable, but there isn't any a/c and the rooms are quite small. I did not eat at the hotel, so i can't comment on the food or the prices.
I really have no complaints, but it seemed to me like this hotel has the look of a 5 star but the feeling of a 3 star.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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, Gerente at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, July 12, 2012
Dear Tanya.

Greetings from Grand Hotel Costa Rica Staff.

Thank you so much for your comment. Definitive we have the best location in town. Our hotel offer 107 rooms and all rooms are completely different and I hope in the near future you can come again to our property and enjoy a bigger room and with a/c. Daily we working very hard in offer our clients the best costumer service experience as a four start hotel and now we are training our personal with a costumer client service. In your next visit I hope you can enjoy the five start experience that you are looking for.

Cordially,

Monica Vargas
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Property: Gran Hotel Costa Rica
Address: Central and Second Ave. Between 1 & 3, San Jose 527-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in San Jose
#7 Casino Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Hotel Costa Rica 4*
Number of rooms: 107
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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