Grano de Oro
An atmospheric and elegant converted colonial mansion offers luxurious rooms in one of central San José's most stylish buildings.
The delightful Grano de Oro oozes charm on a quiet, tree-lined street just off the capital's main thoroughfare. It occupies a converted turn-of-the-century mansion. The corridors are decorated with period photographs and paintings by local artists, and the interior courtyards are studded with tropical plants and fountains.
All the guest rooms and suites are different in size, shape and layout: each is individually decorated with wrought iron beds, works of art and locally handcrafted furnishings. There is a rooftop deck area with a secluded garden, Jacuzzi and an independently-run spa. The restaurant has the reputation as being the best in San José and offers the option to take meals in the tropical courtyard, a sunroom or an intimate dining room.
What our clients say
Most memorable experience: “Very difficult to be specific but an eclectic selection would include:- Boat trip excursion with excellent guide from Tortuga Lodge; Singer/Musician at Dinner at Arenal Nayara Hotel; Crossing Arenal Lake (clear blue skies and we were the only passengers on the boat) and then scenic drive to Monteverde”VB, Sloane Sqaure
Everything felt "easy" and stress free. The most memorable aspect was driving through fantastic scenery, so much to see!AF, Cardiff
A brilliant mixture of hotels. Excellent standard and great service. Beautiful settings and well located.LW, NW11
Turtle watching tour, zip wiring and white water rafting. Also enjoyed seeing all the wildlife living in its natural habitat.IH, Ipswich
So much variety of wildlife and vegetationAB, Sandy
Most memorable experience: "The amount and variety of wildlife in Tortuguero and Cahuita (which we visited separately). I lived in San Jose from 1978-1981 and never saw so much variety, even including visits to Monteverde...Review: As I used to live in CR and planned some time visiting friends, JLA was able to combine my choice of places to visit with accommodation with my independent arrangements."JW, Crowborough
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