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Grano de Oro
Why we like it
- A traditional, boutique-style hotel offering old world charm in a well located, quiet area of San Jose
- Excellent restaurant combining French cuisine with the tropical delights of Costa Rica
- Varying styles and sizes of rooms
Grano de Oro is a favourite of ours in San Jose as it offers a quiet and refined escape from the hustle and bustle of San Jose and good old-fashioned service with a smile. A must is the traditional gallo pinto (black beans and rice) for breakfast.
.Melissa is a first-rate Travel Consultant, and the relationship and trust that she has built with us is truly cherished.
- GF, Bedfordshire
Grano do Oro is a charming hotel in a good location just off the Paseo Colon, one of San Jose's main streets. Often described as a 'sprawling' 20th century Victorian Mansion, it will surprise you with a feeling of small country house with personal service and elegant traditional touches of period photographs, wrought-iron beds and highly polished woods. The lobby boasts a dramatic mahogany staircase, while courtyards gurgle with bubbling fountains and hallways beam with beautiful fresh tropical flowers. Room styles vary from simple tones with a dash of tropical colour to ornate and bold and some offer private courtyard gardens. There is an excellent restaurant serving French cuisine and traditional 'Tico' (Costa Rican) breakfasts.
Best time to be there
December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season but there is less rainfall between March and September.
San Jose - daily via Madrid
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
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