Gran Hotel Costa Rica


  • Central location
  • Good value
  • Great people-watching from ground-floor café


  • Some street noise from the adjoining plaza
  • Some rooms have thin walls
  • No on-site parking

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

You cannot find a more central location than at this grande dame of San José lodgings. It's a good deal and the first choice among travelers who want to be where the action is (or want an in-house casino). A formal dining room and grand piano just off the lobby evoke the hotel's 1930s heyday (there's piano music 12:30–2:30 and 6–8 pm daily). Rooms are large and bright, with small windows and tubs in the tiled baths. Even if you don't stay here, the arcaded Café 1930 that fronts the hotel is a pleasant stop for a bite any time of the afternoon or evening. Check the hotel's website for frequent specials. The hotel accepts credit or debit cards only, no cash.

Hotel Information


Avda. 2, C. 3, San José, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

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/2221–4000; 800-949–0592-in U.S.

Hotel Details:

  • 107 rooms, 5 suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 06/18/2015


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