Hotel Grano de Oro

A beautifully restored belle epoque building in the heart of San Jose, with elegant interiors, well-equipped rooms, top quality cuisine and a rooftop terrace and garden.

Hotel Grano de Oro
Hotel Grano de Oro courtyard restaurant
Hotel Grano de Oro outside
Hotel Grano de Oro room


San Jose, 15 blocks west of Central Street.


Grano de Oro is open year round.

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Hotel Grano de Oro

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, Hotel Grano de Oro is a veritable oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Victorian mansion, the hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Service is paramount and the friendly staff welcome guests to their “home away from home” time and again. Corridors are lined with period photographs and original artworks, potted plants, wood panelling and stained glass windows evoke the gracious living of a bygone era. The hotel is home to one of Costa Rica’s finest restaurants which is open daily from 7 am until 10pm, serving an enticing fusion of tropical Costa Rican and European cuisine under the direction of its French head chef.

Why-entranceWhy go to Hotel Grano de Oro?

This is no run-of-the-mill city hotel. From the moment walk up the steps and through the front door and enter a world of polished timber floors, vintage rugs, wooden panelling and period furnishings, you know you have arrived somewhere special. This, coupled with attentive staff, comfortable accommodation, a gorgeous roof terrace and first class restaurant, will make you want to stay longer. The hotel’s location is ideal not just for exploring San José, its museums and markets, but also for day trips to the rainforest, volcanoes and for experiencing the thrills of white water rafting, zip lining and an aerial tram.

tiger-longwing-butterflyWildlife around Hotel Grano de Oro

Being in the middle of the city you wouldn’t expect to see much wildlife, but you will be surprised by the amount of birds you can find in San Jose, including the green parrot and the “yiguirro”, or clay-coloured thrush, Costa Rica’s National bird. Butterflies and hummingbirds can be seen in the hotel’s gardens. You can visit the country’s largest butterfly observatory, a hummingbird garden and range of reptiles on an excursion to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, while at Zoo Ave, a conservation centre, you can see a wide range of birds including parrots, macaws and toucans, plus monkeys, crocodiles, caimans and turtles.

Hotel Grano de Oro Highlights

  • Well placed for sightseeing and museum visits
  • Restaurant serving fine cuisine
  • Friendly, efficient staff
  • Take a guide walking tour of San Jose
  • Relax on the roof terrace
  • Well placed for sightseeing and museum visits
  • Range of day trips and activities
  • Just a 15 minute drive from the airport


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Hotel Grano de Oro inside area

Hotel Grano de Oro


  • Well placed for sightseeing and museum visits
  • Restaurant serving fine cuisine
  • Friendly, efficient staff
  • Take a guide walking tour of San Jose
  • Relax on the roof terrace
  • Well placed for sightseeing and museum visits
  • Range of day trips and activities
  • Just a 15 minute drive from the airport


  • Private guided walking tour of San Jose
  • Visit the city’s museums, markets and shops
  • Tour a local coffee farm
  • Rainforest zipline canopy tour
  • Various day tours to the Central Valley
  • White water rafting
  • Massages at the hotel

What is included in the stay

Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.


Children are welcome. Those under 2 years of age can share a room with parents free of charge. 2 years old and older pay as an extra person.


Free Wi-fi in all rooms and throughout the hotel. All rooms have IDD telephones. There are 2 computers in the guest centre.


hotel-grano-de-ora-roomThere are 12 standard, 4 superior, 6 deluxe patio, 8 deluxe queen and 7 deluxe king rooms, 2 family suite, 1 garden suite and 1 vista de oro suite. All rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans, opening windows, top quality mattresses, pillows and linens, minibar, coffee maker, hairdryer, flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, safe and IDD phone. All are en-suite and have complimentary toiletries. Bathrobes are provided.

STANDARD: The most economical of the room categories, these rooms are cosy with the luxuries of a fine hotel. They have 1 queen bed.

SUPERIOR: Slightly larger than the standard rooms and with all the same amenities plus a handy table.

DELUXE PATIO: These rooms offer more space than the superior rooms, as well as a table and chairs and a small patio.

DELUXE 2 QUEEN BEDS: These rooms have enough space for 2 queen beds and comfortably accommodate a family of 4 or 2 couples. Each room has a table and chairs.

DELUXE KING: This room category offers the same facilities as the deluxe queen, but has 1 king size bed.

FAMILY SUITE: This is a 2 room suite with an adjoining shared bath. The main room contains 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed and the adjoining room has 1 queen bed. Each room has its own flat screen TV. This suite comfortably accommodates 5 people.

GARDEN SUITE: This was once the original living room of this converted mansion. Facilities include a king size bed with brass bedstead, a spacious indoor seating area, and a beautiful tropical private garden.

VISTA DE ORO SUITE: The hotel’s signature suite, reached by a private staircase, the Vista de Oro suite offers a breath-taking view of the Central Valley skyline and has a king size bed. It reflects the turn of the century style of the original home with handmade tiles in hues of ochre and sienna, and rich wood panelling. The suite’s living area is furnished with exquisite antiques. Live in the lap of luxury as you sip a glass of champagne while soaking in the Jacuzzi and watching the lights of the city twinkling below.

Swimmers entering the water during sunset on a costa rica holiday

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