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Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
Ranked #1 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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35 reviews
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“The icing on the cake”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

What a classy place. We expected our last night in Costa Rica to be no more than a Holiday Inn (not that their bad) sleep over for our next day departure home. Were we surprised when we arrived. The hotel reminded me of some of the hotels in Charleston SC but with nuances that gave it that extra feeling of luxury and class. The whole place was quaint starting with the beautiful clean rooms, to the many corridors that took you into various nooks and crannies, to the patio restaurant eating areas. We loved it all. The staff was professional and extremely courteous. You'll love it. If there is a weak point it is that it is surrounded by older almost run down buildings which certainly detracted from the over all ambience. But still well worth the stay.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We stayed here just one night to kick off a 10 day trip to Costa Rica, so we didnt stay long, but I was very impressed in under 12 hours. We got in late, the staff was waiting for us and helped us with our kids, bags, etc. I am mobility impaired and even though they are a small hotel they went out of their way to help me. We had a beautiful room in a tiny garden and got room service very late at night b/c we got in so late. The hotel is incredibly charming and pretty. If we go back to San Jose would stay here.

Room Tip: If you are mobility impaired tell them; we got a great room on a lower floor but still quiet and bea...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Birmingham, AL
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We stayed the first and last night of our trip to Costa Rica the end of April/beginning of May. We had a deluxe patio room the first night and the Garden Suite the last night. Both rooms are exceptional-clean, comfortable and beautiful. The staff are attentive and helpful. Ate dinner both nights at the restaurant and breakfast one morning. The service is wonderful, food is delicious and price is reasonable for the quality. Took a cab to the National Museum, ate a local restaurant suggested by staff and walked back from there to the hotel through the Central Market. San Jose is like any other large city in the world. With common sense, it is perfectly safe. Having lived in a neighborhood in San Jose for a summer in college, the hotel's neighborhood is no different or less safe than any other community in the area.

Room Tip: The Garden Suite was worth the additional cost.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

My friends and I stayed two weeks in a house in Ojochal, but needed a place in San Jose the night before our flights home. This location was the perfect choice. Great, friendly, knowledgeable staff. Gorgeous and comfortable setting/rooms. Fabulous restaurant... actually just all around fabulous.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I kept coming back to this hotel as part of my holiday in costa rica. The staff were super friendly and helpful. Rooms were lovely, fresh and clean. Breakfast was delicious. I used room service as the restaurant looked a little too formal for an evening meal when I was on my own. The menu had a good variety and was delicious. I had a massage in their spa which was super relaxing after the long flight to costa rica. Sadly it was fully booked on each of my return trips so it might be worth trying to book in advance. All my rooms were well sized. My only criticism was that guests seem to be awake very early for activities and transfers. Despite the signs in the corridors there was little respect for other guests need for peace and quiet as they left the hotel in the early hours.

Room Tip: 11 was the best one during my stay as it was slightly tucked away. I had an upgrade to 33 on my last...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

After having spent considerable time online searching for a good hotel we decided that this was possibly the best in San Jose. Luckily we were not disappointed.

The hotel is located near the city centre, within a walking distance of 20 minutes. It did not look like other and better hotels are close to the centre. Besides, the city itself does not offers much in terms of points of interest.

On the plus side: the whole hotel grounds and our room were spotlessly clean; our room was on the internal courtyard and it had nice wooden floor and a white bathroom with new appliances. Personnel is helpful and courteous. Being a boutique hotel with only 40 rooms, gives the hotel a lot of character.

It has a couple of jacuzzis on a top level terrace, but no pool. We also ordered breakfast and dinner room service and both were very good.

On the minus side: the room was a bit dark and lacking storage space. The bed was also small and a bit uncomfortable for tall people. A pool would be nice, but I guess there is not enough space for it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We stayed at the Grano do Oro after a redeye flight before departing to points further in Costa Rica and, again, at the end of our adventure before flying home. Each time, we were impressed with the cleanliness of the hotel and friendliness of the staff.

The bed was super comfy.
We enjoyed a private terrace with a garden and fountain in one room.
WiFi available.
Delicious restaurant.
All good.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#1 Green 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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