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“An Iconic Hotel” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Gran Hotel Costa Rica
Ranked #38 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
Luton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
50 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“An Iconic Hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Staying at this hotel is like being transported back to the 30`s, it is a truly iconic hotel. The ground floor is very interesting from architectural standpoint but also from the decorative finishes and furniture.The Hotel is in need of some modernisation and this is particularly relevant to the rooms but in doing so would no doubt lose some of its character. The ground floor bar and outdoor restaurant area is the place for people watching and to get a feel for San Jose. Not the most quiet of hotels and everyone staying there gets to know of the crosswalk chirping signals for which the hotel equips each room with ear plugs! Excellent breakfasts served on the 5th floor in a room with an option to eat outside. Worth a stay for its position and history.

Room Tip: Front elevation very noisy
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Peter M
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Alexander M, Guest Relations Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you for your review, your description on our hotel is very accurate. Since our hotel is an unique landmark point of reference in San Jose.

The hotel provides very good maintenance but we don't want to alter their original pieces such as precious woods, apartments and real estate that dates back to the Decade of the 30´s, since it is the national historical heritage and thus we will continue keeping it, so it never lose its essence of classy and chic hotel.

On your next trip to Costa Rica if you visit again San Jose and want to stay in our hotel please send me an email at this address: mercadeoyventas@grandhotelcostarica.com directed to Alexander Mora and I shall get you a room that is far away from the noise of the street to make your stay more pleasant.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is hotel is downtown, so there are lots of people and shops around, but I was not accustomed to the street layout, so I was very confused trying to find places nearby. I had an economy room, so it was small, but clean. There was a crosswalk signal that constantly chirped all night, which made it difficult to fall asleep. The concierge is staffed all the time, so I was able to check out very early in the morning.

Room Tip: Be careful with rooms facing the street because there is noise from cars, crosswalk signals, and peo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lauren M
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Alexander M, Guest Relations Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time and write your review about our hotel. The sound you hear
is because by law the majority of the traffic lights in San Jose Center possess a sound to alert blind people at that time the pedestrian is enabled so they can cross the street along with the other people at the same time to avoid an accident.

The next time you want to visit San Jose and stay with us please send me an email at this address: mercadeoyventas@grandhotelcostarica.com directed to Alexander Mora and I'll take care of getting you one room that is away from the noise of the street to make your stay more enjoyable.
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

The staff were very friendly and helpfull.
Being in downtown San Jose it was very busy. For a hotel built in the 30's it was still in pretty good shape, the only issues we had were very poor water pressure in the shower and the portable air conditioner was leaking water over the floor.
We did not bring these issues to the staff as we were only the for the night.
The continental breakfast we well stocked and had a variety of foods to choose from.
Check in and out we're fast and efficient.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Karger139
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Alexander M, Guest Relations Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you very much for your review, it has been very helpful in order to improve the quality of our rooms at the hotel. With respect to the low water pressure in shower room, this is due to it being a historic hotel which was built many years ago the pipes are old and had a
different quality standards to new and modern standards. But we are working on improving the problem of low pressure in the showers of our rooms, I must clarify that are going to be done not in all the rooms. Regarding the leakage of water on the air
conditioned I've reported it to the Manager of Maintenance Hotel to proceed with the repair of the air conditioning as soon as possible.

I want to again invite you to stay at our hotel when you return to visit our country.
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Decatur, Georgia
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306 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

My English guide recommended I have lunch at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica and I was very pleased. I had lunch at the outdoor cafe and listened to live piano while dining on creamy asparagus soup and a Caesar salad with anchovies. The food and service were first class. Afterwards I ventured through the lobby and looked around. This hotel is beautifully maintained and elegant.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Westgalady
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Alexander M, Guest Relations Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
We deeply appreciate your review, we hopefully have the pleasure to have your pleasant visit again. Thanks again
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Canada
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135 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Stayed at the Gran Hotel February 27th to March 6th. We found the hotel to be quite beautiful and had all the emenities one could expect from such a grand old hotel. It looks like it has undergone a very nice upgrade and we found it to be more than comfortable. The location is perfect being right in the centre of the city. The plaza draws crowds of people each day and there is always something to watch. Taxis and buses are abundant as well as restaurants and shops. When we next visit San Jose we will be sure to stay at the Gran - we truly will stay here.

Room Tip: rooms on the plaza tend to be quite a bit noisy with the plaza traffic.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank billandwendy
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Alexander M, Guest Relations Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Hello Bill and Wendy,

Thank you for the lovely words, we were really happy to be able to serve you and have you as our guest for so long. Hopefully time pass by soon and we can enjoy your presence around our hotel again,

Warm Regards,
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Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

We have stayed in a lot of older hotels here in the US. This was a reasonable experience considering it is in the heart of downtown San Jose.
We found the staff helpful and friendly.
Their web page is a little out of date. They show an elegant bar that is no longer there and say the cafe is open 24 hours a day, which it isn't.
Breakfast buffet was very nice and again the staff was very friendly.
Really no serious complaints. We like to see what the cities are like so this was a good choice, within walking distance of most everything.
The city is not too inspiring and not super clean—but it's a city!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank gachap
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Alexander M, Public Relations Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thank you very much, we will make sure to update our website with accurate information about the hotel.
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Troy, Missouri
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92 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

If you want to be downtown within walking distance of the heart of San Jose and want to stay in a well maintained historic hotel this is the place for you. It's like taking a step back in time. Very well maintained. The restaurant food was excellent. We had a quaint room with a private garden patio. There was a water fountain in the private garden. Very relaxing. Modern amenities that blend well with the old historic hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank veturpin
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Alexander M, Guest Relations Manager at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
We appreciate your review. Thank you and we hope to have the pleasure to receive you again sometime soon.
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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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Gran Hotel San Jose
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