We paid $220.00 for a suite for one night. If the price was $65.00 the price would fit the hotel standards.
The worst issue was the beeping of those street crossing light warnings designed to assist blind people. It makes loud sounds all night long. Its right outside the room. Hardly slept on the cheap mattress poor quality sheets. For a historical hotel the internal furnishings are of the lowest quality, and uncomfortable. Hallway smells of cock-roach poison. breakfast included - that price is right.
San jose itself has so many police it feels like cell block 9 on lock down after a riot, dirty place..
Also ate dinner at hotel as it was raining. The Main coarse was good. The bread stale. Only one bottle of wine on menu. An $8 dollar bottle for 40 usd. $110. USD for two. Bad lighting. and cheap table and chairs. Saw one lady fall to the floor as leg broke off ugly chair.
- 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