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Gran Hotel Costa Rica

At a Glance

    Pros

  • central location
  • good value
  • great people-watching from ground-floor café

    Cons

  • some street noise from the adjoining plaza
  • some rooms have thin walls, no parking lot of its own

Fodorite Reviews

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica Review

You cannot find a more central location than at this grande dame of San José lodgings. It's a good deal for the money and the first choice of 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 special rates. The hotel accepts credit or debit cards only, no cash.

    Hotel Details

  • 105 rooms, 5 suites
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 04-10-2014

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    I don't look any futher

    I have stayed here twice getting ready for a third time next month. It's location is fantastic. The atmosphere even better. Read some Costa Rican history and you will understand why this is a great place. I figure if it was good enough for President Kennedy it's good enough for me.

    by Ditchdigger, 1/16/09
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    Beautiful, affordable & centrally located

    We stayed at the Gran Hotel on the night we arrived in San Jose and the night before our departure. It is about 20 minutes by cab from the SJO International airport and smack in the middle of the city. It boasts a beautiful facade, a delicious restaurant and opens up to the National Theater next door. We got a ridiculous rate of $75 per night (August 2009) and found the rooms to be a bit on the small side, but otherwise pleasant. Warning: No AC here. However, breakfast is included and is a must if you have time - it is served on the fifth floor of the building and provides a sweet view of San Jose. WiFi is available from all the rooms and the business center is well equipped. Live piano music accompanies your dinner, and you should not miss out on the house sangria :)

    by thisblonde, 9/7/09
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    Gran Hotel Costa Rica Review

    The hotel is quite nice and the location is excellent. I was looking forward to checking out the casino, as listed in the 2010 Fodors Costa Rica. When I asked about the casino at the front desk I was informed that they hadn't had a casino in FIVE years. Way to update your info Fodor.

    by Johnnydios, 10/4/10

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