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Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
Ranked #1 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

This is a lovely hotel on the west side of town, close to the park called La Sabana. It has restaurants in walking distance, and a wonderful, wonderful staff. We stayed here twice, and both times were very happy. We also left our luggage here between stays, and they were very accommodating. Coffee pots in the rooms are available, drinking water is purified, both king sized rooms were beautiful. There are safe's in the rooms. There is a beautiful courtyard restaurant (pricy), that serves breakfast and dinner.

We walked to La Sabana, which has the new soccer stadium and one museum. A few restaurants in walking distance. Most of the action is more toward the center of town, requiring a cab, car or bus ride.

Room Tip: Some rooms have lots of stairs to get to them. Some rooms have beautiful little courtyards.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

I think there are no real five star hotels in Costa Rica. Basically big chain hotels can be found like Marriot or Intercontinental, but of course, no flavor can be found in those. Luckily for tourist, Grano de Oro can enhance the experience of San José City. Although San José is the simplest part of magnificent Costa Rica, is a mandatory stop at arrival and for many, at depature. Also, is the best to try local food, as many of the places are flooded with restaurants to please the ones who look for American or Tex-Mex food.
Grano de Oro, then, is a boutique four star hotel with local flavor and attentive staff. Lobby is small but calmed, with computers for guests to use. At arrival we were greeted with a delicious juice fruit. Our room wasn’t ready, but it was more a fault of our tour operator than the hotel. As we had to leave early next day, we requested breakfast the they before and were willing to help us. It was not that early for a box lunch, but early enough to have it ready at 7:05 (restaurant opens at 7:00am). Actually it was delicious.
The room has personality and convenient facilities. I think that the shower could benefit for more water pressure and improve with better amenities. However, a dispenser in the bathroom seems a common practice in Costa Rica. The Bed is comfortable and linens are good. The décor is unique. I suggest checking noise isolation, as sometimes some things from the corridors can be heard. They have Britt coffee (good) for the morning.
When we go back to San José I would like to stay at Grano de Oro again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

The tour company put us up in Hotel Grano our first night and last night in Costa Rica and it was equally beautiful both times. The rooms were elegant, clean, and luxurious. The staff was friendly and informative. The restaurant was expensive and a little pretentious but the food and service was very good. I appreciated that when my boyfriend arrived later than I (different flights into the country), the front desk called me to verify his identity before bringing him to the room. An excellent start and finish for our trip to Costa Rica!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

I was planning a trip for my husband and I - and we needed to spend one night in San Jose before starting our vacation at Arenas del Mar in Quepos area...I emailed Grano de Oro and they were so easy to correspond with...and they even helped me with a transfer from the airport to the hotel...when we got off of our flight from the US....and entered the San Jose airport...there was a person holding a sign with our name waiting for us! Very nice to have that all figured out ahead of time! I will say that the one night stay was very pricey - and since we arrived late at night we didn't get a chance to fully explore the hotel. The hotel was beautiful and classy though! We had a really nice room with a patio area...and we did have a late dinner at the restaurant...I would say it was just "good" food...not extraordinary. But the comfort of having the beautiful hotel and that we didn't have to venture out to try and find a late night dinner in a city that we aren't familiar with...made this a great stay. The hotel staff was very nice too...I would recommend!

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Reviewed 19 July 2012

This hotel was our stop flying in and out of Costa Rica. It provided exactly what we wanted. A quiet and clean place to rest. Staff were attentive and friendly. Rooms are comfortable. We did not have time to explore any sites near the hotel but the hotel is small and charming. Good place to try "Tico" breakfast.

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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 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#1 Green Hotel in San Jose
#2 Family Hotel in San Jose
#6 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: $230 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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