Hotel Grano de Oro Rating: 3.5 Pearls
San Jose, Costa Rica

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Pros

  • Charming tropical Victorian architecture
  • Two rooftop Jacuzzis
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour front desk staff, though no concierge
  • Massage services, though no spa

Cons

  • No business center, fitness center, pool

Bottom Line

This former Victorian mansion turned intimate, 40-room hotel features large, homey rooms, a rooftop Jacuzzi, and a renowned fine dining restaurant. Antiques, tinkling fountains, wood floors and artful flower arrangements make it feel like you might be staying in the home of a wealthy colonial-era plantation owner. But it lacks the features a larger hotel -- there's no business center, fitness center, pool or full spa, though massage services are available.

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 Location

Close to everything San Jose has to offer, but far from other Costa Rica attractions

The hotel is located in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and convenient to the city's museums, restaurants, and nightlife. But San Jose is not particularly touristy, and crime can be a problem.

  • 5-minute drive to La Sabana Park
  • 5-minute drive to the Jade museum to see Costa Rican art
  • 10-minute drive to the Gold Museum with exhibits of gold artifacts
  • 10-minute drive to the National Museum with exhibits on Costa Rican history
  • 20-minute drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • 3-hour drive to La Fortuna, home to the Arenal Volcano and numerous hot springs
  • 4-hour drive to Manuel Antonio National Park, home some of the country's best beaches, an evergreen forest, and diverse wildlife (including monkeys, sloths, toucans and iguanas)
  • 6-hour drive to Liberia Airport

 Rooms

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room

Our Deluxe Room felt like it could belong in a New England bed-and-breakfast, rather than a Costa Rican mansion, with a wrought-iron bed, quilts, baby blue walls, and wainscoting. The decor varies from room to room, but all feature antique-style furniture, wood accents, and a homey, Victorian feel.

All rooms include:

Room types:

  • Standard Room: Queen bed
  • Superior Room: Queen bed
  • Deluxe Room: One or two queen beds
  • Deluxe King Room: King size bed
  • Family Suite: Two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and twin bed, one with a queen bed; sitting area
  • Garden Suite: King bed; Jacuzzi tub; private patio; wood paneling; hardwood floors; history as the home's original living room
  • Vista de Oro: King bed; private staircase leading to the suite; living area; Jacuzzi; view of Central Valley skyline and *Cordillera Central mountains; wood paneling; handmade tiles decorating the walls and floors; antiques displayed in recessed niches

 Features

Free Wi-Fi and two rooftop Jacuzzis

  • Room service (not 24 hours)
  • Free parking
  • Rooftop terrace with seating and two Jacuzzis; limited hours
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • No business center, fitness center, or spa, however massage services are offered and though there is no concierge, the front desk staff offer comparable services

 Food

An excellent fine dining restaurant serving gourmet meat and fish dishes

  • Restaurant Grano de Oro: Serves Costa Rican- and European-inspired dishes prepared by a French chef, such as duck breast with caramelized fig, beef tenderloin topped with poached foie gras, and sea bass with toasted macadamias; outdoor seating available in an interior courtyard featuring a fountain and stained glass windows; open limited hours
  • Bar: Light bites and cocktails; limited hours

 Bottom Line

This former Victorian mansion turned intimate, 40-room hotel features large, homey rooms, a rooftop Jacuzzi, and a renowned fine dining restaurant. Antiques, tinkling fountains, wood floors and artful flower arrangements make it feel like you might be staying in the home of a wealthy colonial-era plantation owner. But it lacks the features a larger hotel -- there's no business center, fitness center, pool or full spa, though massage services are available.

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Address

  • Calle 30 Avs 2 y 4, San Jose, CR

Room Types

  • Deluxe King Room
  • Family Suite
  • Garden Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Room
  • Vista de Oro Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 40
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Address: Calle 30 Avs 2 y 4, San Jose, CR
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