The hotel is beautiful, at least the shell of it. very impressive building with original 1930's features, but the interior leaves a bitter sweet taste.
First, the lighting does not feature the fittings and makes the lobby and foyer look boring and tired, very dark too.
In the room, beds are comfy with nice bedding but the AC unit is a standalone unit and makes an awful noise that doesn't let me you sleep. Sadly, you cannot move it as it's vent is attached to the window so it blocks the access to the window.
Had a beautiful view of the Plaza de la Cultura and the National Theatre which was a plus.
The bathroom.. as charming as it was (original period features) doesn't have a window and the only two lights in there came from the mirror, so light was poor and very dark in there.
Breakfast is delicious and there are plenty of options to choose from, plus a good view of the city.
Overall, I enjoyed my time here, but I do think the hotel needs to be redesigned or at least refurbished as it looks very tired and dull.
the only problem I could think of is that my room door didn't have an electronic lock and it is really hard to lock the door, to the point that the cleaning lady couldn't do it (or didn't bother) and when we arrived in the evening the door was wide open. all valuables in the safe so nothing to worry, but still... it was a bit of a shock. Ah, the when closing the curtains at night the whole rail came off (detached from the wall and we had to improvise a way to close them and report it the next morning)
Staff delivers an amazing service. very nice people.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel San Jose
- Gran Hotel Costa Rica San Jose