Its Glory Days are Gone
Posted Mar 18, 2016
This was my first time coming to San Jose. I decided to book this hotel because of its history and central location to so many points of interest. Sadly, from the unfriendly and unhelpful two men working the front desk, to the lack of upkeep and general care taking of Gran Hotel Costa Rica, this property has seen much better days. The room was "okay" but nothing special. The safe provided in the room was not bolted down to anything, so that unsettling. The bed was comfortable and the tub and shower worked well. However, everything was more or less not well cared for and/or outdated.
The history behind the hotel was an intriguing aspect to stay here. The original furniture that John F. Kennedy had in his hotel room is in the lobby of the hotel - available for anyone to sit on and relax. The location of the hotel was also a huge selling point. The hotel also offers a free breakfast that was very good, for Costa Rican food anyway. (After being in Mexico for four months prior to arriving in Costa Rica, the cuisine of Costa Rica is pretty boring in comparison.)
Overall, a less than enjoyable experience and a disappointment to see a historic piece of Costa Rican history go to waste.