For me, the magic of Costa Rica happens when you leave the capital and explore this amazing country. There are times when I have little other choice and need to stay in San Jose, when I do, Grano de Oro is my favorite. I have stayed in a couple of Marriott Hotels in San Jose and found them a bit too commercial and boring. Grano de Oro has great character do to it's history of being a Victorian mansion in the early 1900s. The amazing gardens and fountains quickly make you forget you're in a city. But one of the most important factors to consider is the quality of the rooms.
I stayed in a deluxe room that contained two queen size beds. They had very good quality pillow topped mattresses and very comfortable sheets. The pitched roof and trimming in the room was a nice change from the typically boxy commercial rooms found in chain hotels. Overall the size was fine for the three of us staying there. For about $200/night it wasn't too bad of a deal for th quality.
I also ate at the restaurant a couple of times and found it to be quite good. Nothing blew my mind away but my meals there were some of my favorite I had in Costa RIca. The wait staff were also very quick with their service. It's not bargain prices, $100+ for two people, but the average person will leave full and satisfied.
Hotel Grano de Oro is certainly my top choice when staying in San Jose. One criticism I have for the hotel is the poor WIFI. It's nice to have free internet, but only if it works. Three of us were constantly struggling to get a good signal. A few times we had to go to the lobby for service. Additionally, the staff could be a bit more friendly, energetic and engaged with the staff. You have the comfort to make you feel like you're in a home, you should have staff that make you feel like you're family. But overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to others.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grano De Oro San Jose Costa Rica
- Grano De Oro San Jose