We spent one night at Grano de Oro and were amazed by how nice the hotel was for such a reasonable price. It's a beautiful hotel, a careful combination of modern and historic, and I wish there were more hotels like it everywhere I travel.
Nearly everything about our stay was perfection. The reservation process was simple (with confirmation within 2 hours), check-in was smooth and we were given a complimentary upgrade for our anniversary. We had booked a standard room, but I'd recommend paying a little extra for a superior. The room was charming, with a nice patio and fountain that had small fish. The bed linens are high quality, and even the soap in the bathroom is above average. We had dinner at the restaurant; the waiters seemed indifferent but the food was delicious and reasonably priced. The rooftop jacuzzi deck is an incredible little gem, I wish we'd had a morning to spend there.
There were traces of construction, with a small amount of noise in the morning, but nothing interfered with our stay. Even the contractors were polite, greeting us with a smile when we passed them in the hallway. I've never experienced that before, but it definitely left an impression.
Although San Jose isn't much of a destination, we did venture into the neighborhood a bit. It's a safe area, with a few shops and a strip of rental car shops (which was perfect for our needs) within a few blocks. The front desk recommended two grocery stores in the area, Pali and Mas x Menos, where we picked up food for breakfast and lunches over the following days.
Even if you only have a night in San Jose, Grano de Oro is a must-visit hotel. From the staff to the rooms to the luxe public spaces, this hotel is fantastic in so many ways.
- 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