Grano de Oro
San Jose, Costa Rica

"...the Grano De Oro exudes charm and superlative service.
Unquestionably my hotel of preference whenever I stay in San Jose."

- Christopher P. Baker
The Costa Rica Handbook

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colón, San José's main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city.

Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 35-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home.

Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxuriant plants at every turn.

Italian tile fountains grace intimate atriums, ensuring that one is never far from the soothing melody of falling water.

The gardens at Grano de Oro are both inside and out. A rooftop terrace offers relaxing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing and stargazing.

Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Grano de Oro welcomes guests home time and time again.
A warm welcome is always waiting at the Reception at Grano de Oro

Hotel Grano de Oro features thirty-two rooms in three categories as well as three signature suites.

Standard Room at Hotel Grano de Oro

All rooms are furnished in Tropical Victorian styles with wrought-iron beds and rich damask fabrics in three jeweled color schemes - navy, burgundy and forest-green. The art and furnishings are handcrafted by Costa Rican artists. No two rooms are alike. Private baths are blue and white Italian tile adorned with gleaming base fixtures.

All rooms are designated as smoke-free, with smoking permitted in the restaurant, gardens and common areas.
Vista de Oro Suite

The piece de resistance is the hotel's Vista de Oro Suite. Reached by a private staircase, the Vista de Oro lives up to its name commanding a breathtaking view of the Cordillera Central mountain range and the Central Valley skyline. Tiles, individually handmade in hues of ocher and sienna covers the walls and are complemented by rich wood paneling. A series of delicate cabinets stretches the entire length of the room and carefully placed lightning illuminates antique treasures.

Vista Suite at Hotel Grano de Oro

The bathroom is warmed by paneling handcrafted from Costa Rican hardwood and is complemented by cool Italian tile. The suite's living area, furnished with exquisite antiques, offers style and sophistication. A large in-room Jacuzzi is the ideal vantage point from which to savor a glass of champagne and watch the lights of the city twinkle below.

Vista Suite Jacuzzi Bath

The Garden Suite

A spacious suite with a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom as well as a small sitting room, which opens to a private tropical garden.

The Garden Suite at Hotel Grano de Oro

The Family Suite

A two-room suite with a queen and twin bed in one room and a queen bed in the second room, comfortably accommodating up to 5 people.


Deluxe Rooms

The most spacious of our three "room" categories, all deluxe rooms have a bathtub/shower combination and either one queen and one twin bed, two queen beds, or a king-size bed.

Deluxe Bedroom at Hotel Grano de Oro

Superior Rooms

While a bit smaller than the deluxe rooms, most superior rooms have a bathtub/shower combination and a queen bed.

Superior Room at Hotel Grano de Oro

Standard Rooms

The smallest and least expensive of the rooms, this category offers cozy quarters with a queen bed and private bathroom with shower.

Standard Room at Hotel Grano de Oro


Guests delight in the tranquil ambiance of tropical plants and flowers found throughout the hotel.

Additionally, a rooftop garden terrace with lawnbeds and Jacuzzi provides blissful, secluded lounging.

The Gallery gift shop displaying quality Costa Rican handicrafts is the perfect place to browse for that special souvenir of Costa Rica.

Additional services offered by the hotel

  • In-room mini-bars
  • In-room cable TV
  • Restaurant room service
  • Secure, convenient parking
  • Tours and car rentals
  • Currency exchange
  • Direct-dial local and international telephones
  • Fax and mail service
  • Laundry service
  • In-room safes


Restaurante Grano de Oro merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of French-trained Chef Francis Canal.

Once a simple café, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose's finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike.

Dining Room at Hotel Grano de Oro

Specialty cocktails, classically presented dishes and delicious desserts are served in the charming ambiance of an intimate dining room, an adjacent sunroom and the tropical courtyard.

Patio Dining at Hotel Grano de Oro

Friendly, bilingual waiters serve breakfast from 6:00 a.m, lunch from 11:30 a.m., and dinner from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Hotel Grano de Oro occupies a quiet street in the nation's capital of San José, close to the vibrant city center and numerous restaurants, theaters and shops.

Home to nearly 1/3 of Costa Rica's 4 million inhabitants, San José boasts a blend of modern and classic architecture. Notable among the latter is the spectacular National Theater of colonial vintage.The city is the political as well as financial & business center of the country, and the home of several fine universities and museums. Itineraries should include the Jade Museum, which houses the largest jade collection in the Americans; the National Museum of history; the Gold Museum with its pre-Colombian treasures; and the Children's Museum, situated in a former penitentiary. A thriving Central Market, parks and pedestrian malls add to a visitor's enjoyment.

Just 20 minutes from the International Airport, San José rises 3770 feet above sea level. It shares an ideal climate with the rest of the Central Valley, averaging daytime temperatures of 75 F. The rainy season (or green season, as Costa Ricans prefer), begins in May and lasts until late October. During the day, sunny skies prevail until afternoon showers quench the vegetation for a few hours and freshen the air. The rest of the year generally brings hot clear days, and cool fresh evenings.


"San José offers dozens of old homes that have been converted into hotels, but few offer the luxurious accommodations or professional service that can be found at the Grano de Oro."
Frommers's Costa Rica


Hotel Grano de Oro is the perfect gateway to a number of interesting and exciting adventures throughout the country. Its San Jose location provides guests the ability to conveniently explore a number of destinations and activities, with the opportunity of returning each night to the comfort and elegance which has made the Grano de Oro a favorite of visitors to Costa Rica.

At the hotel reception desk, activities and day tours to Costa Rica´s beauty spots are readily arranged. Popular excursions include the following:

San José City Tour

Duration 4 hours. Learn about Costa Rican culture and history, visit sites of interest including the famous National Theater and National Museum, and take time out for a shopping spree.

Café Britt Coffee Tour

Duration 3 hours. After a short drive to the city of Heredia, you're treated to an award-winning multimedia presentation that highlights coffee's history in Costa Rica and the evolution of the "golden bean" from the plantation to your cup.

Rain Forest Aerial Tram

Duration 8 hours. 45 minutes from San José, you'll experience the thrill of riding in the canopy of the rainforest to see the most complex community of life on earth.

White Water Rafting

Duration 11 hours. Combine the excitement of the rapids with some of Costa Rica's most beautiful scenery. The rivers are internationally renowned for their white-water rafting.

Poás Volcano & Sarchí

Duration 5 hours: After a drive through the lush coffe plantations of the Central Valley, you arrive at Poás Volcano. The tour also takes in the town of Sarchí, known for its native oxcart art.

Arenal Volcano at Night

Duration 11 hours. Experience the power of nature at a safe distance from the volcano. You may feel the ground tremble and see the lava flow down the side of the volcano. Finish by relaxing in the hot springs of Tabacón Resort.

Calypso Catamaran Cruise

Duration 11 hours. A scenic drive brings you to the Pacific city of Puntarenas where the ocean liners dock. You´ll cruise the calm waters of the beautiful Gulf of Nicoya, feast on a sumptuous seafood buffet, and amuse yourself snorkeling, shell collecting & relaxing.

Other Popular activities and day tours from San José

Visits to the Gold Museum and Jade Museums.
Tours of a bird zoo and butterfly farm.
Nature tours to the nearby rainforest.

Horseback riding and bicycle tours in the surrounding mountains.

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