We have lived in Costa Rica far a while but this was our first visit to the Gran Hotel. It is just off the central avenue located next to the national theater and a busy plaza. This is an old style hotel so don't expect a modern Marriott. I agree with others that it is ready for an upgrade but I loved the classic 50's - 60's feeling. The staff is wonderful and will take care of you. The restaurant is okay but the outside seating allows you to absorb the daily lives of the locals. The wait staff is over the top, especially Victor. We had a corner deluxe room. Very spacious. Small bathroom. Funky old windows that opened to let in the cool breeze and sounds of the city. Portable AC is not the most efficient. The wi fi is probably the biggest negative. Otherwise I recommend you enjoy the Pura Vida of San Jose at the Gran 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