Grano de Oro

San Jose

At a Glance

  • An oasis of calm in a bustling city

  • Friendly, personalised service

  • Fantastic restaurant in elegant surroundings

  • The perfect place to relax and unwind at the start or end your Costa Rican adventure

  • Centrally located in San Jose

  • Only 25 minutes from the Airport

  • An ideal pick up spot for Pacuare

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Grano de Oro enjoys a near–perfect temperature of around 27°C all year, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s typicall sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.

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Insider's View

If the family suite is unavailable ask for a Deluxe Twin which can accommodate up to two adults and three children.

After dinner take time to relax in the central plaza of the restaurant. A gin and tonic is the perfect accompaniment to the stunning colonial architecture that will surround you beneath the night sky!

Enjoy a fresh Mango juice upon arrival.

Escape the busy capital on the rooftop bar with a glass of wine and a dip in the Jacuzzi.

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The Grano de Oro is a charming turn of the century mansion. The atrium terrace and corridors have sparkling fountains and lush tropical planting, and the rooftop deck offers soothing jacuzzis and is a great spot for catching a few rays.

The Grano de Oro is located on a quiet residential street approximately five minutes drive from downtown San Jose.

The hotel has 37 unique and tastefully decorated rooms, and 3 eclectic signature suites, all offering a high level of comfort. This elegant property is like an oasis in a bustling city, with its tranquil atmosphere, a light-filled interior courtyard and a lovely rooftop terrace.

Dining is high on the agenda at Grano de Oro and the restaurant is known for being one of San José's finest, serving continental cuisine in a warm and intimate atmosphere.

Grano de Oro is the perfect place for visitors to the capital to relax in style and comfort at the beginning or end of an action-packed trip.

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Guided tours and visits to the city's museums can be arranged from the Grano de Oro. There are also many excursions that can be arranged outside the city, including coffee plantation tours and visits to the Poas and Irazu Volcanoes.



Jenny Weidemann (Staff)

What a find in the bustling city of San Jose! This historic mansion surprises with lush plants, a beautiful courtyard and well decorated rooms. The complimentary snacks are a nice welcome after a long flight, but the restaurant also offers a great variety of tasty dishes. The rooftop jacuzzi terrace is a nice spot to relax and enjoy this little oasis. The beds are comfortable and the calming natural sounds of the little fountain right  outside my room ( #23) helped me relax and unwind while busy downtown is just steps away.


Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)

A really impressive hotel in the city centre, this hotel is a really different option to most of the hotels that are near the San Jose Airport, with its Victorian Mansion setting, Colonial styling, great service and really incredible food. The hotel offers a real insight into the history of the capital, and encourages an engagement with the glittering history of the colonial past, with its luxurious panelling, internal fountains and romantic little grottos. The service matches this old-age styling, with all staff subtly meeting any need or question, an experience that is quite special especially in the restaurant where it just makes the impressive food served an addition to the fantastic dining experience. For something really special - go all out and enjoy the presidential suite if you want to start your stay in Costa Rica with a real bang - it's views over the city alone are to die for, but add in the two person hot tub and lavish styling, and this is a real room to remember.


Dominic Atterton (Staff)

Arriving at the hotel after a long flight is a really enjoyable experience. Its not too big with crowds of people in the lobby and business types rushing around instead its incredibly calm and welcoming. The hotel has been converted from a historic mansion in the heart of San Jose and the atmosphere still retains the feel of someones home with plenty of antiques about the place and unique little touches in the public areas. My room was a Patio room with a pretty internal courtyard and water feature. There werent really any views so the courtyard is welcome as it provides a nice focal point and drifting off to the sound of the fountain was perfect. Dinner in the hotels restaurant was excellent and ideal for a first night but be warned portions are huge!


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Location & directions

San Jose

The Grano de Oro is located on a quiet residential street just off Paseo Colón, a short taxi ride from the city centre.

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