Gran Hotel Costa Rica

An Oasis of Comfort in the Heart of the City



Rate per night from $225

‘Gran Hotel’ is perfect for:

Couples, families, groups or solo travelers who want a convenient location in a hotel with a centric location.

Gran Hotel is truly a hidden gem. With a perfect combination of history, modern comforts, and an unbeatable location in the heart of Costa Rica’s capital city, Gran Hotel is an oasis in the bustling downtown.

The hotel is also a proud member of the Curio Collection by Hilton, which means it’s one of several handpicked properties around the world that showcase the best of the most sought-after destinations.

Spend some time relaxing during your stay in the city and immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s culture and history.

What to Expect

  • Unbeatable location. The hotel is within walking distance of a variety of cultural activities and restaurants.
  • Detail-oriented service. The staff works tirelessly to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
  • City views. The centric location provides an all-around view of San José downtown.

What NOT to Expect

  • Resort amenities. This hotel has an elegant boutique-feel.
  • On-site activities. However, the city provides plenty of opportunities to explore and be entertained just steps away.

The Gran Hotel is a perfect combination of classic elegance and the latest trends in modern hospitality.

With a detail-oriented service and an impressive historical background, Gran Hotel offers comfort and relaxation amidst the bustling city. In addition, it’s only a 35-minute drive from the San José International Airport, making it a great first or last stop in your vacation before heading out for an adventure.

Gran Hotel Costa Rica: Where History & Modernity Merge

Gran Hotel was the first grand hotel ever built in Costa Rica. Constructed in the 1930s in the middle of an emerging economy, Gran Hotel has been a staple of the city’s landscape for decades.

Refurbished and adapted to modern sensibilities, Gran Hotel still preserves the architecture and spirit that have made it famous. It still has the original tiling used in the foyer, and similar touches of personality are visible throughout, like the old grand piano at the restaurant.

Many relevant figures have stayed here before, like John F. Kennedy, whose visit and memory are also preserved in the hotel’s fourth floor.

History buffs and art lovers will certainly appreciate the effort and detail placed in the construction and furnishing of the rooms. Enjoy the complimentary cookies with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon while admiring the city from a cozy atmosphere in your room.

With wide ceiling-to-floor windows that offer views of the city, the quiet, well-appointed rooms are an ideal haven to rest after a day out in the bustling city. The art gallery next door is also a good stop to appreciate local artists and crafts.

The hotel also provides other on-site facilities, including a restaurant, bar, and gym. Breakfast is one of the highlights here – enjoy omelets cooked on the spot for you, meat & cheese stations, fresh fruit, and even mimosas. The idea is to keep you relaxed and comfortable so you can unwind before heading out for an adventure.

Unbeatable Location in San José

The Gran Hotel’s location is ideal to explore the city, get up and close with Costa Rica’s cultural and artistic activities, and have a taste of San José’s food scene.

The most important boulevards, museums, and craft markets are within walking distance, some as close as around the corner. The next-door neighbor, visible from the hotel’s restaurant, is the famed National Theatre, a piece of historical and cultural relevance unique in the country.

Right next to both of them, in the main plaza, is the entrance to an underground museum, where you can learn about Costa Rica’s economy, history, and art. In addition, several shopping centers and restaurants pop up along the street.

The hotel is also a great home base for several walking tours (many start right in front of the hotel) or even longer day trips outside the city and into the countryside. Discover national parks, volcanoes, animal sanctuaries, and gardens of lush vegetation.

If you only want a quick stay after arriving to the country or before leaving it, Gran Hotel Costa Rica is more than enough for that.

The easy-going, classy atmosphere provide the relaxation necessary to rest after or before a long flight. It’s easily accessible via all main roads, making it a perfect stop in the heart of the country itself.

If you want to immerse yourself into Costa Rica’s city life during your Costa Rican vacation, this is the best place to do it. Contact us and we’ll gladly set up your stay at this beautifully preserved piece of history.

*Prices reflect the least expensive rates during low season and are subject to change at any time. You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.