Grano De OroSan Jose & The Central Valley, Costa Rica
Grano de Oro is our top pick for guests staying in San José, the bustling capital city of Costa Rica. This charming converted tropical Victorian style mansion, originally dating from 1910, offers luxurious accommodation and professional service in a shady street just off Paseo Colon, the city’s main throroughfare. This makes it ideal for exploring the city’s museums and other attractions, as well as being a convenient starting point for other adventures in the country.
The hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel and the service is second to none. Meandering corridors with period photos, charming courtyards, an imposing mahogany main staircase and exotic flower arrangements give the hotel buckets of character. The 40 guest rooms are well appointed with wrought-iron beds, rich brocade linens and attractive hardwood furniture.
Relax in a hot tub or have a drink in the rooftop lounge while taking in San José’s commanding view before moving on to the fabulous Restaurante Grano de Oro for dinner. The restaurant offers some of the finest cuisine in Costa Rica with a Costa Rican twist on classic European styles, under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Francis Canal. We strongly recommend gastronomes to pay a visit to the restaurant for dinner even if not staying in the hotel.
We commend Grano de Oro for supporting ‘Casa Luz’ which is a local shelter for teenage mothers and their children rescued from high-risk social environments. The social project is unique because it is not only about food and shelter: the program includes strong spiritual guidance and psychological support, helping young mothers to study and re-integrate back into society.