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Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
Ranked #2 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We just spent 2 nights in San Jose at the Grano de Oro, after flying in on a late flight. Thru prior emails with the hotel, we had arranged pick up at the airport and we were met right at the gate and had received detail instructions from the hotel (cost $35.) Upon check in they confirmed the reservation we had also made via email for dinner the following night and they assisted us the day we were leaving with phoning the car rental company (Economy Rental) which again went off without a hitch. The hotel is within easy walking distance to the downtown sites and the hot tub deck is a treat. Wifi works well, and the air conditioner is efficient and very quiet. The rooms are quaint and the beds are great. Explore the hotel, especially the 2nd floor above the open courtyard, enjoy the historical photographs and by all means visit their restaurant (we ate all our meals there and enjoyed each one of them). It was this hotel which brought us into San Jose for the start of our 2 week vacation and it was well worth it.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

A wonderful hotel with great "ambiente"! Elegant rooms/bathrooms - a very good restaurant - nice old furniture - very friendly and very helpfull staff - a comfortable atmosphere! I only can recommend it !

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Hotel Grano de Oro in San Jose is an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. This restaurant is beautiful with an open courtyard decorated in a rich Costa Rica design. The food and service are impeccable. If you go downstairs there are historical photographs of San Jose and the area.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Harkens from the bygone era of living in a stately manor. Attention to detail from the exterior tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood to the welcoming lobby & staff - this hotel does not fall short. Rooms tastefully appointed and a award winning on-site restaurant are sure to delight.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Grano de Oro two nights, on our arrival and before departure from the San Jose airport.

The desk staff at this hotel are among the best in the industry - very attentive, helpful, and fluent in Spanish and English.

The hotel (we are told) was the home of the Pozuelo family, famous for their cookies which you'll find in most any grocery store in Costa Rica. So, as another writer said, the rooms are similar to a B&B. There is no swimming pool, though there are the two roof-top jacuzzis. The back garden area is heavily planted, so you don't feel like you are in the city. Rooms are very nice and well-kept, though they are a bit small (think large guest bedroom in a friend's house). Everything is very clean, and it was very quiet in our room, though you might hear the facilities from another room at times (not bothersome though).

The restaurant has a nice ambiance, and the outdoor dining area is wonderful for breakfast (it's a central court within the hotel). The food at the restaurant was excellent. We ate there three times, and two of the times the wait staff was exceptional. On one occasion, the waiter was hard to get hold of for any reason, and even when we did, he delayed coming over (this was a different waiter than we'd had previously). Food was always excellent, though...

When you are in this hotel, it feels a bit like you are contained in a small oasis within a not-so-nice area of the city. You can quickly access any sights in town via taxi from here (e.g. National Theatre, the museums), so it's a good location if you want to stay somewhere local and not be in a generic chain hotel.

Accessibility is pretty good if you get a first floor room - just the entry stairs to deal with.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Aside from what has been said again and again about this being a beautiful hotel (which it is,) I wanted to write to let you know that it is also a hotel with heart.

Last week I developed a severe allergy and was told that I could leave the hospital but must stay somewhere nearby and we chose Hotel Grano de Oro. About 15 minutes after checking in, my allergy returned and I had to rush immediately back to the hospital, where I was admitted and told I could not leave that night. We knew that it was a lot to ask to refund our stay, especially because all of our belongings were in the room and they could have used it for someone else.

When I was finally released the next afternoon, the staff graciously let us know that would not be charging us for that last night. It literally brought tears to my eyes, especially after already having had to pay for the hospital stay.

We ended up spending the next night there and it was the perfect place to relax and recover.

We would definitely recommend them, not only for the beauty and character of the hotel but for the kindness and empathy that they show their guests. Muchas gracias por todo!!

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

To really appreciate San Jose stay at this hotel and do a city walking tour and food tour (staff knows which ones) The best restaurant is right in the hotel so plan to have at least one dinner chez GdO.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose

Address: Calle 30, between avenida 2 y 4, San Jose 10107, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#1 Spa Hotel in San Jose
#1 Green Hotel in San Jose
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Jose
#2 Family Hotel in San Jose
#6 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: $167 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A converted Tropical Victorian mansion, the Grano de Oro Boutique hotel offers the warmth and comfort of staying in a private home with all the amenities of a Luxury hotel. Service is paramount and the always smiling staff welcomes guests to their “home away from home” time and again. ... more   less 
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