We stayed in downtown San Jose for one day and this place was the perfect hub for a quick lap around the main tourist spots; Teatro National, Mercado Central, and Correos de Costa Rica.
The rooms we small but comfy. We did not have a/c but were able to open a window and had a ceiling fan that worked fine. There was also hot water for a shower.
There is a great restaurant/cafe on the ground floor to have cocktails and good food. Breakfast was served on a higher floor that had a lovely view of the city and the food was perfect (eggs, meat, fruit, etc).
Everyone who worked here was really nice. In general, the downtown area was a little shady but we felt safe at this hotel.
- 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