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Sam H
New York City, New York

Elegant place to enjoy Haute Cuisine

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 Aug 2017via mobile
I love this place for business dinners or weekend getaway breakfast time, with the Pinto, local dish. And I also love to come for a delicious coffee or cocktail. The decor is superb, and even more beautiful during Christmas. The dining experience is great with professional staff and delicately prepared dishes. Time seems to stop when you enter this place.
Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed August 1-4. The property is beautiful. Our rooms were on the ground floor surrounded by beautiful local flora.

The hotel resturant is one of the best in the city. The breakfast was best, but dinner highlights included the nut encrusted beef tenderloin and sea bass. The banana coladad and pina colada were among the best I have had.

The staff are wonderful, as would be expected of a property of this caliber. They were always helpful. The only critique was they seemed less aware of things to do in the city.

Below are a few suggestions:

- You can see the main museums in a day. There is a pass you can purchase. If you are a student there is a discount.
- You can walk to the downtown area from the hotel during the day. It is a good way to get some exercise while expereincing the everyday life of Costa Ricans. This is noy a pedestrian friendly city cross streets at cornors and make sure the cars have a red light to stop. Not all corners have wall signals

- The food options are not great outside of the hotel. Lots of American fast food resturants. The cafes are hit or miss for food, but the coffee is amazing everywhere. TIP:The National Theater has a nice cafe that is worth a trip.
-If you exchange money at the hotel you will get less for the convenience. There is a bank and money exchange place half a mile from the hotel. Bring your passport.
- there is a park and sports complex half a mile from the hotel. Walk along 2nd Ave in the direction of traffic. Good place for a walk or jog. They also have paddle boats and bikes for rent. The hotel does not have a gym, so this is an alternate.
-Cabs are readily avaliable in the downtown area. The metered fare is what you pay. It is in colonas not dollars or euros. A trip downtown to the museums during the day was about 17 colonas.
-Safety: Exercise common sense and read travel advisory from your embassy. During our stay and many walks we felt safe. At night the hotel and many locals we met suggested taking cabs.You will see people who are begging on the streets. They were not aggressive usually. Be polite, but firm as needed, and generous when you can. Poverty and underemployment are a world wide problem, but especially in developing countries like Costa Rica.

San Jose is usally a first stop for tourist who are seeking to go to other parts the country. You can experince San Jose in two days. Hotel Grano de Oro is an excellent choice for your stay.

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

When pulling up to this hotel, I saw a beautiful Victorian building. When walking in, we were greeted wonderfully, with cucumber and lemon water. The service was outstanding, and always ready to help up. They gave us great recommendations for lunch, and helped us get around the city.

There is a lush green courtyard leading to the rooms, so it's very different from your regular hotel. The rooms are a good size, but super clean, with bright windows, and a comfortable bed. If I go back to San Jose I would love to stay here again.

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Jeanette J
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

We spent 2 nights at the Hotel Grano de Oro. It is a lovely hotel, very clean and the staff was wonderful! It is several blocks from downtown San Jose, but all within walking distance.

We arrived at this Victorian mansion and were given passionfruit/orange juice drinks as we waited to check in. Everyone was very courteous and gave us all the information we needed about breakfast, the jacuzzis, dinner, the TV and the minibar (which was all complementary, except for the alcohol.

There were 4 of us staying in a deluxe, double queen room. Plenty of room for my husband and me, with our two grown children, 19 and 16. The beds were comfortable and the room was quiet. We didn't think the hotel was full, but they indicated that they only had 2-3 rooms available.

We had dinner the first night in the hotel and the ambience, service and meal were all terrific. Good variety on the menu and from the warm bread to the extensive wine list, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It is a good value, when compared to NY prices, but I can see where prices are high compared to other restaurants in town. Breakfast is included and everything was delicious. The complementary fruit and banana bread were great!

Not much to do in San Jose, but we are looking forward to going back for our last night in Costa Rica. Oh and important for the kids was free wifi throughout the hotel.

Room tip: They all seem unique and equally good. Nice wood floors.
Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Grano de Oro for two nights to start our vacation in Costa Rica. Although parts of the hotel are being remodeled, it was a comfortable and nice place to stay. The staff are courteous and professional,

So, what makes this place such a winner? The service and food at the restaurant (Note: Service is mentioned first). Although the food was fantastic, our server, Carlos Castro, added a special seasoning that enhanced the flavor. Carlos was one of the best servers we've ever had: welcoming, professional -but authentically nice, and a good Spanish teacher.

You can't go wrong by dinning at the hotel's restaurant. And the entire staff, hotel and restaurant, were great. But Carlos added a little something extra- maybe it was the Spanish lessons....

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Mike A
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Probably the most interesting hotel in San Jose with lots of character and the best restaurant in town. Each room is different and perfectly decorated. The staff is very friendly and the food is perfect. As a foodie from San Francisco it was right up there. Enjoyed my stay!

Date of stay: July 2017
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