This elegant Victorian mansion is now a stylish hotel in the heart of San Jose. Exteriors and interiors have been painstakingly restored to their original glory. Corridors have walls lined with vintage photographs, and there are dazzling stain-glass windows evoking a bygone era.
There are 40 rooms, ranging from standard rooms to the opulent Vista de Oro suite. They boast am impressive range of facilities including flat screen TV, direct dial phone, free WiFi, fully stocked minibar, coffee maker, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Bathrooms come with a complimentary set of toiletries and fluffy bath robes. Decor and furnishings are high quality throughout.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a tempting fusion of topical Costa Rican and classic European cuisine. The gracious dining room opens onto an inner courtyard built around a fountain. The bar provides a wide range of hot and cold drinks and is a good place to relax and enjoy the company of fellow guests.
Facilities include a rooftop garden terrace with sun-loungers and two Jacuzzi, a perfect escape from busy city streets. The hotel offers a private massage service, ideal for easing any aches and pains and enhancing mood and well-being. &
Open: Hotel Grano de Oro is open all year.
Location: The hotel is in the heart of San Jose, just off Paseo Colon, the city's main street.
Rooms: There are 40 rooms in 4 categories: standard, superior, deluxe and suite. All have air conditioning as well as ceiling fans, and feature private bathrooms with toiletries, bathrobes and hairdryers. Bedrooms have flat screen TV, direct dial phone, free WiFi, coffee maker, minibar, electronic safe, opening windows and high quality bedding and linens. There is room service from 7 am till 10 pm.
Activities: The hotel is well situated for sightseeing and shopping. Reception staff can arrange various excursions in the city and further afield.
Facilities: The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a lovely courtyard as well as the indoor dining room. There is a rooftop terrace with sun-loungers and 2 Jacuzzi, open from 9 am till 10 pm each day. There is a massage service. Other facilities include a gift shop selling local handicrafts, currency exchange, laundry and luggage storage.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: There is only a low risk of malaria in Costa Rica.
Communication: There is complimentary WiFi in guest rooms and an internet station in the lobby.
"Loved this hotel and we were given an upgrade on our room which was lovely after a long - very long - plane journey. The whole place is Victorian, colonial style and full of interesting features. We ate at the bar in the evening and the food was delicious. The staff were friendly and helpful, would have been happy to stay longer to explore San Jose."