We were invited to a beautiful villa for a week in the Central Pacific Region of Costa Rica (Parrita) and needed to stay in San Jose for one night at the end to scope things out before flying home. I had a friend who now lives in Costa Rica and she recommended the Hotel Grano de Oro.
I contacted the hotel and booked two rooms for our last night and Cynthia promptly return our confirmation and attractive rate. We booked the Deluxe King. Leading up to our trip date I read some reviews here and discovered that not all rooms were air conditioned. Something I never considered, but was thrilled to read about. Naturally, I contacted the hotel again via email and Rolando did acknowledge my request and assigned two Air Conditioned rooms to us.
We left Parrita (Central Pacific) via taxi at 8am and got to the hotel after a very long drive at 5pm. We did ask the taxi to detour to POAS VOLCANO and have our BEST LUNCH at Chubascos.
Walking up the front steps of the hotel with water cascading down on either side is an example of the beautiful flowing waters across the landscape of Costa Rica. The Lobby is a contemporary installation connecting the two old buildings which make up the hotel. The staff were warm and welcoming as was the bellman who escorted s to our rooms 7 and 8 and showed us everything.
Room 8 is an Air Conditioned Deluxe King. On first impression, you think: WOW- Elegant.
The room has dark wooden floors throughout (including the bathroom) and a high ceiling. There was a mini-bar, table with two chairs and tv. The King Bed was a welcome comfort after a week of Eco Adventure. The bathroom featured a His and Hers sink and tub.
The Restaurant is located off the lobby and is around the courtyard. It's Elegant Wine and Golden hues add a richness to this space. It was nice to sit and eat a delicious meal while enjoy the evening rain in the courtyard. By morning the rain had passed and this was the area in which we had a most delicious breakfast.
We asked the front desk to arrange a taxi to the airport, knowing what a previous reviewer had written here about a scam. This was efficiently arranged and we had a comfortable air conditioned minivan to take the three of us and a weeks worth of luggage to the airport at noon. It was prepaid at the Front Desk so I felt very safe about the arrangement.
I loved this hotel and felt I could easily live here. I has a very homely feel to it and its staff all make you feel welcome.
Thank you Hotel Grano de Oro for my last impression of Costa Rica (I'll try to forget the 6 hour delayed AA flight that followed this)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A converted Tropical Victorian mansion, the Grano de Oro Boutique hotel offers the warmth and comfort of staying in a private home with all the amenities of a Luxury hotel. Service is paramount and the always smiling staff welcomes guests to their “home away from home” time and again. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grano De Oro
- Grano De Oro San Jose