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One of the most beautiful hotels in San Jose Costa Rica
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Oct 14, 2017via mobile
We had the pleasure of staying at the Hotel Grano de Oro on our recent trip to Costa Rica. What a beautiful hotel!

We were there on 3 separate days/nights as we toured different parts of the country.

The hotel is a beautifully restored Victorian Mansion with different rooms on different levels. I chose the Garden Room Suite and loved it! We had our own private terrace and the room was gorgeous. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating at every level.

The restaurant was amazing-food was of the highest caliber, taste & creativity.

Would highly recommend using this Hotel as your entry and exit hotel from Costa Rica. Beautiful, luxurious & serene.
Date of stay: October 2017
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Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

This hotel is a gem! It's a lovely converted colonial manor house that's well located in the heart of San Jose but feels like a little oasis. My romantic was tranquil and comfortable and there were lovely touches like a fruit platter on arrival. My absolute favourite thing was the staff, who were genuinely helpful and friendly. The restaurant is also very good. They don't have a buffet breakfast (probably because it's a small hotel) but have a la carte breakfast with a good selection and everything I had was yummy. I had dinner in the restaurant two nights in a row - it was very good both times!

I hope to stay here when I return to San Jose in a few months. I visited during low season, and unfortunately I don't think the budget will stretch to the high season rates... But fingers crossed...

Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Traveled on business
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Reviewed September 23, 2017

This lovely old mansion in the heart of San Jose is a little haven of quiet in the midst of the hustle and bustle of San Jose. We arrived, were met on the street, and showed in to the very welcoming reception desk, complete with a cool drink – a big aah after the airport and drive into town. We have to say a big gracias to the desk staff who were very helpful to us as we struggled with trying to connect with our travel agent to get the right size SIM card for our phones. They placed the calls for us and spoke to the agency staff to better explain what we needed (it was the weekend and neither the on-call agency staff nor we were fluent in the other’s language, particularly when it came to technical explanations!). When the driver came with the correct SIM card, the desk could not find us (as we were exploring as you will read below), but graciously accepted the card from the driver and expressed our appreciation. They really could not have been more accommodating and helpful. We also made reservations for dinner at the hotel restaurant and arranged our transport the next morning with the desk.

Once we were checked in, we were shown up to our room on the second floor of the main building, where we were transported back to the gracious colonial past of the country. Our room was quite comfortable, even if relatively small. You walked in to the room and one wall had a luggage rack, a large old wooden wardrobe, a small table with coffee/tea makings and a TV above it, and round glass table with two chairs in the corner of the room. We had a large window that overlooked a mass of greenery with lots of birds flitting around. Along the other wall was a comfortable king-size bed with a round night table on either side. There was a rather small bathroom in the corner of the room, which contained a deep bathtub with a tiled surround, a modern toilet and an adequate vanity. The wardrobe held a safe, mini-frig, and robes. The overall ambiance was one of old-fashioned colonial charm, which was quite refreshing.

Even better were the hotel grounds, which are beautiful but constrained. There is really just the old mansion itself – there is not a big expanse of lawn with swimming pool and lounge area. You wander through the many corridors, floors, patios and nooks of the old mansion, and everywhere you look are flowers, lush greenery, orchids, fountains, and birds flitting about. You keep getting lost and find yourself poking down a corridor that you have already explored, and finding the Jacuzzi becomes a little treasure hunt in its own right. But the babbling of the fountains and the singing of the birds makes your exploration a pleasant one. We did finally find the Jacuzzis on the sunny upper floor, which also made for good bird watching.

We had reservations at the hotel’s restaurant, but we did not appear to need them at the early hour that we booked (we hadn’t eaten since our morning plane). The restaurant was lovely and had a very welcoming outdoor seating area that was tempting, but the staff appeared to be concerned about rain so we ate inside in the elegant dining room. Please see our separate review of the Restaurante Grano de Oro for details, but suffice it to say here that it was the best meal that we had in Costa Rica! We had been told that the restaurant alone was reason enough to stay at this hotel, and we believed it after our meal. The service was efficient and gracious, the food plentiful and delicious, and the price was an excellent bargain!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Grano de Oro, and it seem remarkably quiet considering its location in the heart of town. We enjoyed having the window to allow in the fresh air breezes and to hear the bird song. That is, until about 4 in the morning when the birds woke up again. They must have heard, like us, the honking and racket noises of the city. I guess that was our introduction to Costa Rica where the mornings always seem to start early with the wake-up alarm calls of howler monkeys and birds to tell you to get up and enjoy the cool of the morning! Loss of some sleep was a small price to pay for the experience. We know you will enjoy the Grano de Oro as much as we did.

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2017

First time in San Jose Costa Rica. Found hotel on line. Was not disappointed. Grounds immaculate. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Rooms nice size and well appointed. Would definately stay again

Room tip: all seemed good ours was second floor (no elevators) very quiet
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

We stayed here 1 night at the end of our tour. The hotel is a beautiful building and is kept very well. Our room was clean but not the largest and looked onto the central courtyard.
The city centre was within walking distance and the area seemed reasonably safe in the day.
The restaurant was a bit of a let down, the appearance promises a lot but the food didn't live up to its surroundings, the service could have been better too although the cocktails were good. Breakfast was ok but by no means the best I've had but the fresh orange juice was excellent.
We did find a nice local bar/ restaurant about 4 blocks away which served good beer/ cocktails and had a Cuban theme and atmosphere which was well worth a visit ( La Bodeguita Del Medio)

Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2017

We were very surprised at the style and opulence of the Hotel Grano de Oro when we arrived in San Jose for a one night stay. The hotel staff were all extremely helpful and friendly and the restaurant meal was excellent. Only a 15 minute walk to downtown San Jose (but city doesn't offer much so not worth more than a fleeting visit).

Room tip: We choose a family room with 2 x double beds and 1 x single as works out more cost effective.
Date of stay: August 2017
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