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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton

2nd Avenue between streets 1 & 3, San Jose 527-1000 Costa Rica
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Welcome to Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton, an iconic gem in the heart of San Jose. Located on the pedestrian boulevard Avenida Central, our hotel overlooks the National Theatre and is steps from cafés, shops, museums and other top attractions. It's a quick walk to downtown government buildings and Fortune 500 companies, and Juan Santamaria International Airport is just 30 minutes away. Colonial beauty meets modern technology in our stylish guest rooms, featuring complimentary WiFi, a 50-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator, work desk and walk-in shower. Choose an executive room for more amenities and beautiful city views, or treat yourself to a suite with living area, second HDTV and 24-hour butler service.
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Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Highchairs available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
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Ironing service
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Allergy-free room
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Air conditioning
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Interconnected rooms available
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Soundproof rooms
Air purifier
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Safe
Telephone
VIP room facilities
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Bottled water
Clothes rack
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Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
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Andrews S wrote a review 19 Feb
Toronto, Canada9 contributions17 helpful votes
Great hotel, with a nice location, well maintained with great breakfast selection and service. I found the rooms clean and location was extremely convenient as you are in the old part of San Jose city. You can walk to the central market and is right across from the National Museum.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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mgreen418 wrote a review Jul 2023
Stamford, Connecticut76 contributions78 helpful votes
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Pros - room is spacious and bed is very comfortable. Plenty of outlets for your devices and the room has a fridge and coffee maker. The staff is exceptionally courteous. Plenty of sitting areas and a great lobby. Very nice happy hour, and generally clean and well kept property. Cons- hotel is downtown and a lot of activity and noise during the day. Bathroom and shower have glass doors so If you like privacy it’s lacking. In general a nice comfortable well kept property
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Johanna Palacios, Guest Services / Front Office at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton
Responded 3 Jul 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent stay at our hotel. We are pleased to hear that you found your room spacious and the bed very comfortable. We understand the importance of having ample outlets for devices, and we are glad that this was provided for your convenience. It's also great to hear that you appreciated the presence of a fridge and coffee maker in your room. We are delighted that you found our staff exceptionally courteous. Providing excellent customer service is a priority for us, and we are thrilled that our team members met your expectations. We appreciate your feedback regarding the downtown location of our hotel. While it does provide convenient access to various activities and attractions, we understand that it can also result in some noise during the day. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding. Thank you for bringing the lack of privacy in the bathroom and shower to our attention. We value your feedback and will take it into consideration for future improvements. Overall, we are glad to hear that you found our property clean, well-kept, and comfortable. We appreciate your kind words and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for another pleasant stay. Warm regards,
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DE D wrote a review 8 Feb
Ottawa, Canada45 contributions15 helpful votes
To be honest, this hotel is average for what you pay. Our room was comfortable, but would have appreciated a real door for the toilet and shower (instead of frosted glass, especially for the former). One could visibly see where the water from the shower had seeped onto the rug of the bedroom. The breakfast was ok but there are bakeries around the corner if you want other options. Gym was nice. The hotel is centrally located, which is why we chose it.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Laura H wrote a review 7 Feb
State College, Pennsylvania10 contributions2 helpful votes
Great location, safe, clean and comfy. This was our first visit to Costa Rica and we weren't too sure of what to expect of San Jose. Stayed here the night before our departing flight and super glad we did. Next to the National Theater and close to shopping.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Joamiche wrote a review 6 Feb
Hong Kong, China233 contributions110 helpful votes
Centrally located, but there is not much to see in the San Jose center, and since traffic if jammed it’s difficult for tours to pick-up clients. Choose a room with windows on the outside (others are dark/sad). Room comfort is good. The restaurant & bar are good. Wifi works well. More modern hotels are outside the center, but easily full !
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Request rooms with view on the outside & not on the inside patio
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Popecorn wrote a review 3 Feb
Singapore, Singapore152 contributions57 helpful votes
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Stayed here for 3 nights including New Year’s Eve. We decided to stay in San Jose as our base and do day trips to different national parks, etc. every day. The idea was to have some nightlife when we get back from the tours. But there really isn’t much to do in San Jose city centre. You can take an Uber to Barrio Escalante (7 mins) or Escazu. (15-20 mins) if you like exploring bars and restaurants. The hotel is in the city centre. The rooms are quite basic, lack common amenities like slippers. The hotel just doesn’t have them. The lobby bar was very crowded and the breakfast was standard. The front desk staff was very helpful and booked us some tours. Other than that, the stay was average. Don’t expect too much. The hotel staff advised us not to walk around the city centre in the evenings because of safety concerns.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: You may consider staying outside San Jose or in Escazu neighbourhood.
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Marlena R wrote a review Jan 2024
Montana14 contributions24 helpful votes
We stayed here after reading positive reviews of this hotel. I strongly have to disagree after staying here. The rooms are nothing special, the blanket on our bed was made of some synthetic fibers that were apparently melted in a hot dryer but yet they still used it. The bathroom doors are see-through and have little to no privacy in terms of acoustics. The food is decent, nothing special, but the prices are exorbitant. $75 for a couple to have breakfast when you don’t even eat that much. The location is convenient if you’re interested in things Downtown but it’s not very quiet. I would not stay here again.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Johanna Palacios, Guest Services / Front Office at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay at our hotel. We appreciate all opinions, both positive and negative, as they help us identify areas where we can improve. We apologize if the rooms did not meet your expectations. We have different room types available, and we regret if the one assigned to you did not live up to your preferences. We appreciate your feedback regarding the blanket, and we will address this issue with our housekeeping team to ensure that our guests are provided with the best quality bedding. Regarding the bathroom doors, we understand your concern for privacy, and we apologize if the design did not meet your expectations. We will evaluate this aspect and explore possible solutions to enhance the privacy of our bathrooms without compromising their aesthetic appeal. Regarding the food, we are glad to hear that you found it decent, but we apologize if it did not exceed your expectations. We continuously strive to offer a diverse selection of meals at competitive prices, and we will take your comments into consideration as we review our options moving forward. We truly value your feedback and comments, as they allow us to improve and provide an even better experience for our guests. We apologize for any inconveniences you encountered during your stay and sincerely hope you will consider giving us another opportunity to exceed your expectations in the future. Warm regards,
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FoxTravelers wrote a review Jan 2024
San Antonio, Texas882 contributions556 helpful votes
These reviews are easy — Hotel Staff is amazing at every turn and I watched them ensure every customer had a perfect experience. We contacted the hotel before arrival and they helped us coordinate a pick-up from the airport. Upon arrival we couldn’t locate our driver so called the hotel and they solved it immediately and we were on the way to the hotel. The staff at the bar, restaurant and free ( we are Diamonds with Hilton) breakfast which offered a large amount of items to sample — were accommodating, personal and cared about top level service. Rooms and amenities met all our needs and having an evening beverage and snack after exploring the city made for a nice touch. This is a perfect location if wanting to explore around San Jose — and will deliver 5-star service meeting all you expectations. Hint: contact the hotel to work any special needs or tour requests. Get out and around to try local cuisine - recommend the Soda restaurants in the Central Market for lunch and don’t pass up the ice cream stand serving since 1901. Important to note the market closes at 6pm. We did the Bites and Sites Tour and would do it again so check out the specifics on TripAdvisor. Lots of local places to have a cold beer and enjoy the sites and sounds of the city.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at our hotel. We are thrilled to hear that our staff went above and beyond to ensure that you had a perfect stay. It's great to know that they were able to promptly resolve any issues that arose and that you received top-notch service at the bar, restaurant, and during breakfast. We are delighted that our rooms and amenities met all your needs and that you enjoyed the evening beverage and snack after exploring the city. Our convenient location in San Jose is indeed perfect for those looking to explore the area. Thank you for the helpful hints regarding contacting the hotel for special needs or tour requests. We are always more than happy to assist our guests in making the most of their stay. Your recommendation to try local cuisine at the Soda restaurants in the Central Market for lunch and the ice cream stand serving since 1901 is much appreciated. Thank you once again for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional stay in the future!
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Stacey R wrote a review Jan 2024
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My recent stay at Gran Hotel was an amazing exprience. The hotel beautifully blends historic elegance with modern comforts. Its central location made exploring the city a breeze. The staff were super friendly and attentive. Truly, it was a great way to end my Costa Rica adventure.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Gran Hotel. We are thrilled to hear that your recent stay with us was nothing short of amazing. We greatly appreciate your kind words regarding our staff. The entire team at Gran Hotel strives to provide exceptional service and to make every guest feel welcome and special. Knowing that our staff were friendly and attentive during your stay warms our hearts, as we believe that genuine hospitality is an essential part of the guest experience. Thank you once again for choosing Gran Hotel as your place of stay in Costa Rica. We are delighted to have been a part of your adventure and we hope that you will consider us for future visits. Our team is eagerly looking forward to welcoming you back and creating more memorable experiences for you.
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Deb A wrote a review Jan 2024
Geneseo NY210 contributions69 helpful votes
The restaurant was terrific--excellent food, service, and view. We had the "farewell dinner" for our group tour here, and it was a lovely way to end a wonderful experience. The beef tenderloin was superb, and dessert and a cappuccino the "icing on the cake!"
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our hotel's restaurant! We are thrilled to hear that your farewell dinner was such a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and your group tour. Our team takes great pride in providing excellent food, service, and a breathtaking view to enhance our guests' overall experience. We're delighted that everything during your visit exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your kind words and are delighted to have been a part of your wonderful experience. Thank you for choosing our hotel for your farewell dinner, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for another exceptional dining experience! Warm regards,
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HK$1,455 - HK$1,768 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton
Which popular attractions are close to Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Nearby attractions include Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.06 km), Jade Museum (0.4 km), and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Rosti - San Jose, and Tenedor Argentino.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.