Grano de Oro
Grano de Oro, San José & Central Valley, Costa Rica
Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colón, San José's main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a beautifully converted Victorian mansion.
The 35 rooms are furnished in an old fashioned style 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 and no two rooms are alike.
The Grano de Oro restaurant serves excellent Costa Rican and European cuisine though is on the more expensive side for Costa Rica and can seem quite formal. There are several good cheaper options within a 5 minute walk away. Please ask at reception for details.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Chayote Lodge is a boutique, coffee-themed hotel located in Costa Rica's mountainous Central Valley, approximately one hour from San Jose.
Located just 15 minutes from the airport but nestled amongst peaceful, lush forest, Finca Rosa Blanca is a warm, welcoming inn which boasts its own organic coffee farm and the perfect surroundings for a relaxing break.
A clean and comfortable hotel excellently located in the center of the city close to a selection of museums, shops and restaurants.
A good value boutique option for those visiting San Jose, The Alta Hotel offers comfortably-furnished bedrooms and a remote setting with views over Costa Rica's capital city, which lies just 20 minutes away.
The Xandari Resort & Spa consists of 22 spacious villas only 25 minutes from San José.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Traditionally dressed guides will take you on an interactive tour around the six acres of coffee fields, tropical gardens and coffee processing facilities. The volcanic views from the plantation are spectacular along with those of the Central Valley.
This heart-thumping trip takes you along the Pacuare river's grade III and IV rapids, which wind their way through stunning virgin rainforest where a huge diversity of animals, birds and butterflies can be seen along the river's edge.
The 2.6km long ride lasts about 90 minutes and takes you on a fascinating journey through the canopy which is one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in Costa Rica.