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Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
Ranked #1 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
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“Beautiful: a must stay”
Reviewed 16 August 2010

There is nothing very special about San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. But the country is a wonderful vacation, and most flights come in to San Jose. If you decide to stay in San Jose for a night or two, as we did (parents and 3 children, ages 22, 20 and 14) in July of 2010, the Grano de Oro is a must stay. Beautiful, elegant and comfortable rooms in a turn of the century environment that will make you think that you have stumbled into the world of Disneyland's jungle cruise. Nice people, and the restaruant in the hotel is the best in Costa Rica, no kidding. Just an alert- the hotel is in a plain uninteresting part of the city, but frankly the whole city is uninteresting. We spent the full day that we had in San Jose at the the Britt coffee plantation, which was great fun. Loved Grano do Oro.

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Reviewed 11 August 2010

We arrived 8 hours late to this hotel. Our flight was delayed from Boston. We had two rooms. My grandchildren stayed in my room and my daughter and son in law in another.
i thought the rooms were clean and charming.
We only stayed overnight, but did get to enjoy a fabulous breakfast before we left for our next destination. The food was great.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

We stayed in Grano de Oro Hotel for three nights. We are very happy with the decision and the selection of this place in San José. The restaurant Grano de Oro is magnific....best in town for sure !!...we would come back if we have the chance.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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loa angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2010

I am going to give this hotel a mixed review. I stayed there before 8 years ago, and loved it. One night, the only room they had available was their most expensive room, the vista de oro suite. It was wonderful. We had a fruit and cheese basket and the room was incredible. This time, i just had to stay there one night again. We stayed in a deluxe (regular) room the first night. The desk area and dining area had all been changed and updated, and were beautiful. I got in early and they accommodated me in the regular deluxe room, which was very comfortable and clean. I bragged to my cousin who i was traveling with about how amazing the big suite was going to be (we were staying in san jose in the middle of the trip). This time, the room wasn't ready (we were dirty and tired, but this room is worth waiting for. HOWEVER, when we finally got upstairs it looked like they hadn't done a thing to this room, except let millions of people troop through it the past 8 years. It was dark and dingy and not kept up at all, with no air conditioning (the rest of the hotel has it). It looks like your 90 year old grandma lived there and was too old and tired to update, change rugs, or polish any furniture. The jacuzzis just below were the same. That area was uncomfortable, old, falling apart plastic jacuzzis. What a disappointment. And expensive to boot. I wish we had just had a regular room, much nicer. They should be ashamed to sell this room at that price with no updating. We had to leave 5 in the morning and the lighting was so old and poor my cousin left her glasses (we couldn't find anything, it was so dark and dingy) and i left a few things i couldn't see in the poor lighting. Don't stay in this room unless it has been renovated.
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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 August 2010

Best value in the country! Will definitely come back again and again.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

We started our trip in Costa Rica in San José and stayed in this magnificent hotel. Rooms were clean and tastefully decorated. The ambiance in the restaurant is magical (there was a huge thunderstorm). Staff is helpfull and friendly (I like the "con mucho gusto").

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

We stayed at this gorgeous hotel for one night after arriving at SJO before we left for Arenal/La Fortuna the next morning. Here is a practical review of all of the info that I wanted before I left. Hope this helps everyone!

1. We stayed Room #8, and it was a gorgeous room! It is a a deluxe king room. This room was very spacious as was the bathroom. The bathroom had his and her sinks, beautiful countertops with plenty of space. It also included a large garden tub/shower. The bed was very comfortable, and we had a great night's sleep in our very quiet room.

2. Access to town-You can defintely walk to the main downtown area (Museo del banco, Costa Rica bank, Mama's Place, market area). It was a 10-15 min walk on sidewalks, and we felt fairly safe in the daytime. The hotel will provide you with umbrellas if needed to take on your walk.

3. Exchage of money-The hotel will gladly exchange your dollars for colones for you at the front desk for the going rate we found on the internet.

4. Restaurant-We ate breakfast and dinner there, and both were great! I would highly recommend it.

We loved Hotel Grano de Oro! The staff was very friendly and helpful. They gave us directions and answered our every question.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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 Luxury Hotel in San Jose
#1 Green Hotel in San Jose
#1 Romantic 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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