Once a Victorian mansion and now a tropical private oasis, Hotel Grano de Oro is a quaint and quiet gem just off Paseo Colón in San José. With charming atriums, sparkling fountains, and lush tropical greenery throughout, this Old World boutique hotel evokes the Costa Rica of a gilded age.

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Traveling from the lobby to the guest rooms, labyrinthine halls lined with tropical plants and bubbling fountains set the stage within this Costa Rican-meets-Victorian mansion. Beyond the hallways, 37 rooms and three exclusive Vista de Oro Suites embody their own unique character, warm and elegant and furnished with wrought-iron beds, vaulted ceilings, and rich damask fabrics. Outfitted with private interior gardens, it’s worth keeping the windows open at night and falling asleep to the hallmark luxurious breezes and soft city sounds of San José.

Downstairs, a beautiful fountain-focal courtyard houses the hotel’s restaurant. Uniquely imagined by French-trained Chef Francis Canal, this once simple café has now evolved into one of the city’s finest establishments, frequented by locals and visitors alike. The ambiance of lush greenery, soft warm lighting, and birds of paradise centerpieces exquisitely anticipates the expertly blended Costa Rican and European cuisine on the plates. While traditional choices abound, it is worth trying the more exotic selections which embody an undeniable taste of the rainforest. Try the banana macadamia nut pancakes and sweet plantains with fresh farmer’s cheese for breakfast, or poached salmon in vanilla and Pato con Higos Caramelizados for dinner.

Two terraces, while shared spaces, have the distinct feeling of being private seclusions. The second floor garden is a relaxing oasis, while the rooftop Jacuzzi terrace is lined with lawn beds and multiple Jacuzzis for blissful lounging. An easy walk to the bustling city, Hotel Grano de Oro is ideally located for explorations of San José and the region’s renowned rainforest, volcanoes, and rivers.

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