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Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We stayed here three nights in a standard room for $140. It was great, the price was good, service was amazing. The room was very clean and well taken care of. The staff were extremely helpful and the place had extra amenities like computers for guest use. They even stored our bags for us free of charge while we were in the jungle for a week. The water from the tap is good to drink (important and money saving).

The restaurant was good. We had heard so many reviews saying it was amazing so maybe our expectations were too high (my husband also worked in fine dining for years), the food was good and presentation beautiful but I didn't think it was necessarily, "out of this world". This being said, I do still recommend that you eat there, it is very good, just not the best I have ever had good, like I have heard others say.

Overall: if you are going to San Jose, this is the place to stay without a doubt. So happy we found this place and look forward to returning one day.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jessica S
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

This is a superb boutique hotel with very few faults. The building is beautiful both inside and out. When we arrived late in the evening, the reception check-in guy was not in uniform: he had a zipped up sweater which was unprofessional given all other staff we saw during our stay were in uniform. The room was not huge but very adequate with a lovely open air but private garden courtyard. We actually kept the door open all night with ceiling fans running which was lovely. The room was spotless and also had 'green' features such as recycling bins, etc. The shampoo, soap, etc is in a dispenser on the wall in the shower. I understand the whole recycling thing and support not using unnecessary plastic but perhaps the dispenser could be nicer reflecting the rest of the aesthetic features of the hotel. Breakfast was superb with an a la carte menu, fresh juice and great coffee (of course!!). We also had dinner in the hotel restaurant which is rated one of the best restaurants in San Jose. It was amazing - beautifully executed, top quality ingredients and great service. The only criticism is that the waiter evidently did not know a lot about the wine list and should have sent over the sommelier (and we should have asked). The sommelier did later take us down to the wine cellar and showed us around the highly rated wine cellar. A great night - and we just had to go upstairs to bed! The city centre is about 10-15 minutes walk away and we had an enjoyable time taking a guided tour of the Grand Theatre (beautiful), exploring the Central Market (fun!) and visiting the Gold Museum (excellent and informative). Back at the hotel, we had a jacuzzi one afternoon which was really nice. The temperature had dropped so getting into a warm jacuzzi was really great but not sure that I would want to get in when it is really hot and humid. Perhaps they could get a small cool plunge pool. In any case, this hotel was amazing and I would highly recommend it! Stay at Hotel Grano de Oro if you can!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank iglortho
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed in San Jose for the first night of our vacation. We were able to check in earlier than the proposed check in time and we surprisingly upgraded to a beautiful Garden Suite. The ambiance of the room was beautiful. We did not venture off to far away from the hotel since we felt like we had everything we needed at the hotel. We ate Dinner at the restaurant later that evening and can honestly say it was one of the best meals we have ever had. The poached quail eggs and duck carpaccio were out of this world. Our server was very attentive and gave us an experience that is hard to find back in the States. I wish we remembered his name...The bed was comfortable and having the garden view with the water fountain turned on made for a truly tranquil sleep. Breakfast the next morning was very good as well. The outside courtyard of the restaurant was a beautiful setting and service was very quick and efficient. From talking to others there was not much to do in San Jose so we really didnt feel like we missed much outside of the hotel. I would definitely recommend this hotel to others and would come back to San Jose just to stay at the hotel and eat at the restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

After a very long travel day from the USA and first time in CR we were so pleased when we droved up to this beautiful luxurious Grand hotel! the valet parked our car, assisted with luggage and greeted us with open arms. The staff all spoke English which was a plus too. Our room was just romantic with an open air patio and water fountain. After settling in we checked our the restaurant which was truly a fine time. Made our evening romantic for our first time in CR a true pura vida experience.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank AudieSisson
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for just one night prior to being picked up to head to tortuguero the next day. The staff was extremely friendly, upgraded our room due to our honeymoon, and gave us a quick run down of the facilities.

The room we were upgraded to had a beautiful bathroom and our own little backyard area with a fountain. It rained for the entire time we were there so unfortunately we didn't get to use the two hot tubs on the second floor.

We didn't venture out of the hotel because we got there so late. From what I could see during the taxi ride over from the airport (which cost about $25) San Jose is not a city in the American sense but if there is a downtown area it did not appear to be near the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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