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“"A Sound Choice in San Jose"”

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Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
Ranked #1 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
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Brisbane, Australia
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“"A Sound Choice in San Jose"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

I have always preferred the small boutique hotel category over the generic chains and this hotel is no exception. Situated in a rather grand house, a leisurely stroll from the city centre, Hotel Grano de Ora oozes ambience and makes a welcomed retreat from busy San Jose. We stayed for five nights and dined 'in house' every night at their excellent restaurant - it is the best choice in town. Our rooms were spacious, beautifully presented and boasted all the modern conveniences including free wifi. We appreciated the coffee trolley (in the foyer) on those very early starts to our tours. Service was prompt and professional though a tad stiff but all in all I can thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

My husband and I recently stayed in Grano de Oro on the first night of our honeymoon after arriving in San Jose following hours and hours of flying. First impressions of the hotel are stunning, the building is beautiful and the water features at the entrance really add to the atmosphere. We were given a welcoming fruit drink which was lovely and shown to our room by a friendly porter. We received a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room rather than the standard one we had booked which was very nice indeed, especially after such a long trip. The room itself was gorgeous, massive bed and bathroom and the highlight was our own private terrace with fountain! Regrettably we were leaving for our next destination early the following morning so we didn't get to fully appreciate the hotel but in any case I would not hesitate in recommending it as the best hotel in San Jose!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

A very nice hotel, very professional with a great restaurant! The staff was smart, helpful and kind. The room was clean and modern with a very comfortable bed! The hotel is in an old house from decades ago.....lots of character but modern in every way!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

We arrived in San Jose' at the start of our 46 days in Costa Rica and wanted to experience downtown San Jose'. The Hotel Grano de Oro is a short 20 min taxi ride from the airport and in a great location in downtown San Jose'. One day in San Jose' is enough as you can see most of what it has to offer in the very busy place. The Hotel however is well worth the trip from the airport as an over night stay. The rooms are 1st class as are the beds and quality of the staff. Right from the reception the staff were incredibly happy and helpful! The restaurant is not to be missed as you will not find anything close to its quality anywhere within Costa Rica. Great start to our trip. Anytime we have an overnight stay in San Jose' we will definitely return to this hotel!

Room Tip: All 40 rooms are unique, ours was on the 1st floor and very quiet and comfortable!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

It is without question the best hotel in town. Despite only staying one night with an early morning departure, we are very glad we stayed at Hotel Gran de Oro. I am very grateful for the incredibly restful sleep I enjoyed. There are not too many hotels that allow me that luxury.

We also had the pleasure of enjoying dinner at the onsite restaurant. It is no bargain but the food and setting made it worth it.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Very friendly and helpful staff made my 3-night visit in September an absolute pleasure. Some rooms may be small but they are well appointed and comfortable. I was lucky to get an upgrade to a larger room with an attached courtyard on my 3rd night - a pity I wasn't there longer to enjoy it more. Transfers arranged through the hotel were efficient and reasonably priced. Food was great. I would definitely return to the hotel should I return to San Jose.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

This hotel is incredible. It is beautiful inside and out. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. They were prompt with wake up calls and handled scheduling all of our transfers to and from the hotel. They recommended restaurants and shopping in San Jose, and warned us of areas to avoid. There was someone at the front desk all day and night. When we arrived at the beginning of our honeymoon, we were offered fresh, cool juice at check-in, someone took our bags to our room and showed us where everything was and how to work the safe, TV, etc., and there was fresh fruit waiting in our room. We had dinner in the restaurant that evening and the food was great. The area was nice, but you didn't have to wear black tie or even fancy clothes to eat there. We traveled to Nayara for the week and then came back to Grano de Oro for a night before flying home. When we came back, they automatically upgraded our room to a bigger, more secluded room without us asking, simply because we were return guests! It's very nice, very clean, and just an awesome experience.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
Address: Calle 30, between avenida 2 y 4, San Jose 10107, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in San Jose
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Jose
#2 Family Hotel in San Jose
#6 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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