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Oasis of calm & tranquility in San Jose

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 Mar 2024
Grano de Oro is a stylish boutique hotel in central San Jose and a perfect choice for your first or last night in Costa Rica. The hotel has an elegant colonial feel with excellent service to match. We stayed in a Superior Room featuring its own "garden" which gave the room a really nice feel. The restaurant is superb and breakfast in the open-air courtyard at the centre of the hotel was perfect. The hotel is close enough to walk to the Central Market if you want to see a bit of central San Jose.
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2024

Hotel Grano de Oro in San Jose, Costa Rica, offers an excellent stay in a beautifully restored mansion. While the ambiance may lack some charm, the rooms are impeccably appointed with modern amenities. The restaurant serves exceptional cuisine, though it can be pricey. Service is attentive and professional, ensuring guests have a memorable and comfortable experience.

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

My wife and I stayed at Grano De Oro for 2 nights when heading home from Costa Rica.

Firstly, a warning to anyone thinking of spending a day or two exploring San Jose. DONT! Unless you love a visit or two to museums, there are no redeeming factors. The city is what can only be described as the worst we have ever visited on our travels. I won't go into detail as this is a hotel review.

Based on the above, we would have only stayed one night at The Grano De Oro. The hotel is stunning with a level of service to match. We only stayed in a basic room (number 1) due to this being the end of a long trip and we assumed that most of the day would be spent exploring. Instead we spent most of our time on the premises.

The food served in the restaurant was some of the best we had experienced (again with a service to match) during our trip. My wife and I dined here for both nights of our stay. An unsolicited shout out to Alberto our waiter who was just amazing. I can't remember having better service in any of London's Michelin restaurants. Both professional and engaging.

The only criticism of the hotel is the noise. The rooms aren't particularly well acoustically insulated. By the very nature of the hotel primarily used by travellers in transit, there is a lot of movement early in the morning due to people heading for the airport.

We would both return to The Grano Oro if we were passing thru again but would make sure we packed earplugs.

Room tip: There is very little outside of the hotel
Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

We stayed in this hotel at the end of our stay in Costa Arica before flying home. It was so much better than the hotel we had stayed at when we arrived. This converted Tropical Victorian Mansion house has loads of character and has been sympathetically modernised. I loved the black and white historical photos along the corridor walls. Staff were friendly, rooms and beds were really comfortable. Enjoyed half an hour on the jacuzzi deck before dinner! Wish we’d found this on the way out!!

Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2024

My husband and I stayed here for three nights in mid-January. It’s a beautiful historic hotel just outside of downtown San Jose. We had fresh fruit in our double room when we arrived and the room was large and clean. It was on the ground floor, off a beautiful garden courtyard. Breakfast was included and one ordered off a menu with lots of choice; there was no buffet. Over the three breakfasts the food was well presented and quite decent, though not spectacular. Service was also variable and quite “relaxed”. Dinner was offered in the same dining room which was very attractive with both an open-air terrace and covered spaces. It was about a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the hotel to the Teatro Nacional because of traffic and cost about US$5-$7, well worth it. The neighbourhood seemed safe and is largely residential but there were a number of restaurants within walking distance, and we had a superb meal of premium beef tenderloin at the Tierra Gaucha Parrilla Argentina (Argentinian Grill) across the street. We would stay here again.

Date of stay: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024 via mobile

The staff treats you like are very special and they are helpful and willing to do what you need. The room we had was very roomy and very comfortable. The restaurant at the hotel is top notch and the atmosphere and decor make you feel like you are a major city. If you can stay there.

Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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