We only stayed here one night before we left San Jose, but it was amazing. The staff were very helpful. They taught us a few phrases we needed to know and told us where we could get our money exchanged. They also gave us a few suggestions on where we could find a good meal. The rooftop hottubs were awesome. We went up there and relaxed and watched the stars. It felt as if we were miles away from the city, yet in the middle of it! There's also an amazing little bakery just down the street! The room was clean and cozy. The area we were in was like being inside a hotel, yet still outside. It's a great place to stay!
This is a gorgeous hotel right in downtown San Jose. About 20 minutes from the airport ($25 USD cab ride) and within walking distance (15 min) from the main plaza for shops/market. The staff are excellent. Everyone speaks very good english, very friendly, helpful and make you feel welcome. Security is also good with visible security out front of the hotel after dark (important in San Jose). We stayed two nights in a regular room with a small terrace and loved it. After returning from our coastal vacation we stayed another night in the top floor villa suite. This suite is fantastic and I definitely recommend it for someone who wants to spend the extra money for a memorable night. I highly recommend this hotel if you are staying in San Jose.
We have stayed in as well as visited other hotels in CR and nothing compares. We are very critical of a hotel's cleanliness, staff, smell, etc so believe me when I say this place is SPECTACULAR!!! It is exactly what one would expect a nice hotel in this part of the world to be. The rooms are inviting and relaxing as is the rest of the hotel. Bellhops meeting you curbside with umbrellas when it's raining is a small example of the service you will receive. Breakfast in the courtyard is a must. Even if you aren't a millionaire, you'll feel like one before the end of your meal. The atmosphere, food and staff were all top notch. Grano De Oro is a unique and personable hotel unmatched, period.
Upon arriving in Costa Rica, Hotel Grano de Oro was the first hotel my girlfriend and i stayed at. What i thought was going to be a decent place to catch some sleep before we headed north in the morning, turned out to be an amazing place, both modern and historic. The hotel is impeccable, the service - second to none. Though not as centrally located as some option, i found that this was not such a bad thing. A nice quiet evening in one of the two tropical hot tubs, was perfect after a long flight. And then there is the dining... The dining here, though not as traditional as some smaller places closer to the heart of the city, is top notch. Many locals agreed. There is also a great outdoor patio bar for those that want to unwind, which i did not hesitate to take advantage of! The ambiance is beautiful, and an extended awning makes even rainy evenings enjoyable. If you are staying in San Jose for any number of nights, this is a fantastic place. It is a bit of a walk to get to the central part of the city, but i found this enjoyable. Hotel staff will even lend you their umbrella!
The restaurant in the hotel is wonderful. Staff is extremely helpful.