Grano de Oro

about Grano de Oro, San Jose

On 30th Street, a shaded road, you will find Grano de Oro Hotel, a bright oasis proving sanctuary in the heart of the city. Built around 1910 as a tropical Victorian mansion, this stunning building features original architecture and Spanish tile fountains and the entire hotel is subtly lit to keep it as bright at night as it is during the day. Period photos and artworks line the walls and fresh, lush plant life creeps round every corner.

Rooms and suites in this boutique style accommodation are well appointed in an antique style, some with typical wooden panelling, others with whitewashed walls and polished wooden floors. 

For those looking for some secluded relaxation, head to the roof terrace there the tropical flora bursting past the sturdy pillars, intricate loungers and 2 deep Jacuzzi’s are bound to revitalise senses and rejuvenate the spirit!

Grano de Oro detail


A restored tropical Victorian mansion providing luxurious and niche lodgings in the heart of San Jose.


Grano de Oro, named after the coffee bean, is located on a shady street, close to lots of museums and the Spirogyra Butterfly Garden in San Jose.

Accommodation & Facilities

Rooms come as either standard, superior or deluxe, each one offering more space than the next. There is a 2 room suite for families, accommodating up to 5 guests at any one time. The Garden Suite, which was the mansions original living room, looks out over the tropical garden and patio, with wood panelling behind the bed and antique rugs on the floor. You can imagine how spacious this area is for guests, which is emphasised more with the huge floor to ceiling windows. The Vista de Oro Suite, is the ultimate suite, with sweeping views over the Central Valley Skyline, and a stylish area complemented by hand made tiles, wood panelling and exquisite antique furnishings. This suite also includes a Jacuzzi with a view, fantastic for couples.

As well as the afore mentioned roof terrace, there is a gift shop selling quality Costa Rican handicrafts, massage services and a restaurant on the hotel grounds.


Under the expertise of a French chef, the restaurant serves tropical Costa Rican cuisine as well as European food and speciality cocktails. This restaurant has become popular with locals and guests alike with its charming ambience and sense of casual grandeur.


Within San Jose there are City and Coffee Tours as well as visits to the Butterfly Farm, Jade Museum and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Take a trip through the ancient streets on Pueblo Antiguo, experiencing their customs and traditions or visit Zoo Ave; a non-profit zoo helping inform people about the threats to Costa Rican wildlife.

If you want to get out on a day trip, 45 minutes away you can visit the aerial tram, where you will ride over the rainforest canopy or go white water rafting. A visit to Arenal volcano at night is spectacular and you may actually see trickles of lava spilling over the sides. There are also tours of Paos Volcano, taking in the oxcart art of Sarchi and the lush coffee plantations of Central Valley.

Child Policy

Children permitted.

Sustainable Tourism

The hotel does numerous things to be as sustainable as possible, such as using energy efficient light bulbs, use of low flow toilets, paper used in the hotel is made from sugar cane, organic waste is sent to the farm for pig feed and chlorine free systems are used to clean the Jacuzzi’s. Guest are informed about the natural beauty of Costa Rica and told how they can help preserve it during they’re stay in this part of the world.

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