Gran Hotel Costa Rica

3 star hotelSee nearby area


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The city’s first prominent hotel was constructed in 1930 and is recognized as a national landmark (John F Kennedy and soccer legend Pelé have both stayed here). Frequent renovations have kept the 107 rooms modern and comfortable, though they retain period touches such as brass bed frames and wood furnishings. Some of the units have wonderful views of the Teatro Nacional, and here and there are subtle architectural reminders of the hotel’s history: exposed beams, molded ceilings and the dramatic entrance hall – lined with vintage photographs of San José. The hotel has an in-house restaurant and a popular terrace bar.

Our independent authors have visited Gran Hotel Costa Rica and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Unión Area.

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Property Location

With a stay at Gran Hotel Costa Rica in San Jose, you'll be minutes from Gold Museum and National Theater. This family-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Plaza de la Cultura and San Jose Cathedral.


Make yourself at home in one of the 107 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and separate sitting areas, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities

Enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness center or take in the view from a rooftop terrace. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.


Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities

Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is available for a surcharge.

Services & facilities

  • Air Conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
  • Accessibility
    • Elevator/lift
  • Housekeeping
    • Laundry facilities
    • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Guest services
    • Multilingual staff
    • Room service (limited hours)
    • Porter/bellhop
    • 24-hour front desk
  • Recreation
    • Billiards or pool table
    • Arcade/game room
    • Television in lobby
    • Fitness facilities
  • Bar
    • Bar/lounge
  • Bureau de Change/ATM
    • ATM/banking
  • Outdoor space
    • Rooftop terrace
  • Luggage storage
    • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Restaurant/Café
    • Restaurant
  • Concierge
    • Concierge services
  • Non-smoking
    • Smoke-free property
  • Wi-Fi/internet access
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Free Wi-Fi
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