We spent two nights at the start of our holiday then one night at the end.
This is the oldest hotel in the heart of the city, amid the hustle and bustle of San Jose.
It has an amazing old colonial atmosphere in the foyer with a Grand piano or clarinet being played during the evenings.
Our room overlooked the square and was classed as superior. It was very average, had old metal framed windows which did not close properly, and let the local traffic noise in.
Breakfast was good, well presented and served in a splended room on th 5th floor.
On our return 8 nights later we were shown to a standard room by mistake, Oh dear, what a difference. Small, dark and not for me. We were soon taken back to a "Superior" some would say average standard room which was fine but still had the window problem.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
- 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