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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Jun 26, 2017
This unique property is in the heart of San Jose. Our room was very pretty and it had a private courtyard. The staff was very helpful with directions and arranging for transportation for us. The restaurant was excellent. It was a great find for an overnight stay in the city.
Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2017

Love this hotel - it is like stepping back in time. It was a coffee planters residence in the colonial time. It is a haven in a city that doesn't have a huge amount to offer - close enough to walk or a cheap taxi ride to museums.

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2017

A really characterful hotel in San Jose with a colonial feel. Excellent service and well appointed rooms, though a little disappointed that our superior room did not have an exterior window (it looked it to a courtyard but was well done to maintain privacy). The restaurant is a gem and for Costa Rica (from an European's perspective) was very good value. Highly recommended if you want to stay in San Jose

Room tip: Ask for an exterior view
Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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8  Thank GSUKKENT
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Reviewed June 1, 2017

I had previously stayed at this hotel in 2004, on my second visit to Costa Rica I made a point of staying at Hotel Grano de Oro as I had liked it so much on my first visit. It is a converted mansion, the restaurant & bar areas are very attractive & the rooms are tastefully decorated. The hotel is arranged around a small central garden area with tropical plants, which adds to the overall pleasantness of this place.
2 terminals are available in the lobby area for free Internet access.
Food quality in the restaurant was consistently good, as was service.
Hotel Grano de Oro is not situated on a major thoroughfare & the surrounding neighbourhood appeared pretty quiet so guests shouldn't be disturbed by noise. Other reviewers have commented on safety issues in San Jose but I didn't feel uncomfortable walking around the town, during daylight hours anyway.
Negatives? Hotel Grano de Oro isn't a budget hotel, & restaurant prices were at the "fine dining" end of the scale, but I felt that the quality of hotel & food justified the cost.
Overall, Hotel Grano de Oro is within my top 3 favorite hotels.

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank PhilbyJ2015
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Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

A gem in the middle of the city area. I don't think I'd wander around at night. We stayed there since we arrived late into San Jose. It was a pain to get there from the airport due to bridge construction. Was really difficult to get out of the area as well as traffic is way worse than nyc and is a standstill. I will avoid San Jose next time and just stay near the airport, fly into Liberia or take a puddle jumper to our final destination in the amazing country of Costa Rica.

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

We spent 2 nights here & the rooms are just as they are pictured...we stayed in the family room which was really lovely for our family of 4. (it could easily hold a family of 5) Despite proximity to a main street in San Jose & just a 10 minute walk to the central market, it was nice & quiet. As you might expect from the photos, the linens and bath products were commensurate with the appearance as well. There are lovely little green courtyards nestled throughout the hotel & even though there was no 'view' out our windows, there were the tops of lovely palms that made you feel you were in the midst of a tropical forest.

Service was exceptional, so very friendly and helpful. The gift shop has a lovely selection of local made things & the restaurant was beautiful with good food & excellent service as well. The family that owns this hotel has also started a charitable organization to help young girls in trouble in Costa Rica, so it's also nice to know that you are staying with someone who has a heart for people...and it shows!

Room tip: I think all rooms would be quite quiet. The family room was lovely for up to 5 with 2 bedrooms & 1 bath.
Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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