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Grano de Oro
San Jose, Costa Rica
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Food Drink
The Grano de Oro is a luxury boutique hotel in Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose. Calm and refined, and boasting one of San Jose’s finest restaurants, the Grano de Oro makes for a lovely city-based hotel at the start or end of your Costa Rica holiday.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Located on a quiet tree-lined street in central San Jose, the Grano de Oro is a beautifully restored turn of the century mansion a short walk from Paseo Colon, San Jose's main thoroughfare. With the warmth and comfort of a private home, the hotel is a peaceful oasis with a light-filled interior courtyard and a lovely rooftop terrace. The hotel has 40 unique and tastefully decorated rooms and suites with wrought-iron beds, rich damask fabrics and handcrafted art and furnishings by Costa Rican artists. There are a variety of room options ranging from cosy standards to deluxe rooms and Garden Suites to Family Suites, while the signature Vista de Oro Suite with its exquisite antiques, cool Italian tile, large Jacuzzi, and breath-taking views of the Central Mountain Range is an affordable splurge. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries and bathrobes.
The Grano de Oro has one of San Jose's finest gourmet restaurants, serving a fusion of Costa Rican and European cuisine under the masterful hand of chef Francis Canal. The restaurant has a spectacular inner courtyard where cocktails are also served. Guests can take advantage of the rooftop Jacuzzi garden terrace, and a range of a range of massage treatments can also be arranged. The hotel's public rooms are decorated with period photographs and original works of art, and feature fine antique furniture, tropical flower arrangements and lush plants.
There are plenty of tours and activities that can be arranged. Learn all about the history and manufacture of some of the best coffee in the world at the Britt Coffee Tour just outside San Jose. For an adrenaline rush cruise down the picturesque rivers on a white water rafting excursion, experience the thrill of riding in the jungle canopy on the Rainforest Aerial Tram, or experience Mother Nature’s wilder side with a visit to Poas or Irazu Volcanoes.
When to go
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 typically 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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Turrialba, Heredia
This honeymoon itinerary allows you to see the spectacular Caribbean side to Costa Rica. Sea turtles, surfing, bike rides, jungle, beaches - the perfect celebration.
San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Osa Peninsula and Manuel Antonio
An all-encompassing highlights tour of Costa Rica, taking in some of our favourite sights and staying in some of our top properties! Perfect for a first time visitor looking to indulge and see the best of this enchanting country.
San Jose, Turrialba, Heredia, Osa Peninsula, Bahia Ballena
Romantic Costa Rica is perfect for couples in search of adventure and stylish accommodation in dreamy surroundings.