Honeymoon in Costa Rica at Hotel Grano de Oro

Jul 16, 2013


Honeymoon in Costa Rica at Hotel Grano de Oro

Honeymoon in Costa Rica at Hotel Grano de Oro

Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn.  The entire Hotel is non-smoking.

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Located 20 minutes from the international airport and 10 minutes from the domestic airport, this San José hotel is ideally located for exploring San José, it’s museums and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of day trips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.

The hotel is also home to one of Costa Rica’s finest restaurants which is open daily from 7 am until 10pm

Why Choose Hotel Grano de Oro

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Hotel Grano de Oro welcome guests to their “home away from home” time and again.

Accommodations at Hotel Grano de Oro

Suites

VISTA DE ORO SUITE
Our signature suite, reached by a private staircase, the Vista de Oro lives up to its name commanding a breathtaking view of the Central Valley skyline. The suite reflects the turn of the century style of the original home with handmade tiles in hues of ochre and sienna, complemented by rich wood paneling. The suite’s living area is stylishly furnished with exquisite antiques and a luxurious king size bed. A large in-room Jacuzzi is the ideal vantage point from which to savour a glass of champagne and watch the lights of the city twinkle below.

GARDEN SUITE
As you enter through the arched doorway of this luxurious suite you are immediately taken back in time. Once the original living room of this converted mansion it offers a beautiful tropical private garden, spacious seating area and a king size brass bed.
FAMILY SUITE
The family suite is a two room suite with an adjoining shared bath. The main room contains one queen bed and one twin bed and the adjoining room has one queen bed. Each room has its own flat screen TV. This Suite comfortably accommodates 5 people.

ROOMS

DELUXE KING
Our most popular room category, Deluxe King Rooms offer our luxurious Simmons pillow top king size mattresses and fine luxury linens.
DELUXE 2 BEDS
These guest rooms are more spacious that our superior rooms. These rooms offer two Simmons pillow top queen beds and comfortably accommodate a family of 4 or two couples. Each room has a table and chairs to enjoy room service. You will enjoy the old world feel of a tropical Victorian mansion.
DELUXE PATIO
These guest rooms are more spacious that our superior rooms. These rooms offer one queen bed that feature a small private patio. Each room has a table and chairs to enjoy room service. You will enjoy the old world feel of a tropical Victorian mansion.
SUPERIOR
Superior category rooms are slightly larger than the standard rooms and also offer a pillow top queen size bed with fine linens and all the amenities needed to make your stay comfortable. All have tables at which to enjoy room service or plan your excursions of the city.

STANDARD
The most economical of our categories, these rooms offer the experience of staying in a cozy guest bedroom of a turn of the century mansion, with the luxuries of a fine hotel. Our standard rooms offer a pillow top queen bed and the same amenities as all our other classes of rooms.
* Includes a 13% sales tax. Prices are based on double occupancy.

All rooms are equipped with:

  • Free wireless Internet in all rooms and throughout hotel
  • Simmons Beauty Rest Pillow top mattresses
  • 300 thread 100% cotton linens
  • Feather and hypoallergenic synthetic pillows
  • Private baths
  • Marble vanities, ceramic soap and lotion dispensers
  • Refillable dispensers for all our bath products to eliminate the use of small bottles
  • Robes
  • Coffee maker
  • Fully equipped silent mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen cable TV
  • In room electronic security box (fits most laptops)
  • Telephones with direct access to international calling
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Windows that open to enjoy the beautiful San José climate
  • Additional services offered:
  • Laundry and next day dry cleaning service.
  • Iron and ironing board / Cribs
  • Luggage storage
  • Currency exchange
  • Fax and mail service
  • Room service from 7a.m. to 10p.m.
  • Tour and car rental arrangements
  • Secure, convenient parking
  • Internet station in lobby
  • Wake-up calls
  • Gift Shop with Costa Rican handicrafts, open daily from 2:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.
  • Jacuzzi Terrace open daily from 9a.m. to 10p.m.
  • Massage Services

Dining at Hotel Grano de Oro

Culinary Highlights

Restaurante Grano de Oro merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of our French chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike.

Specialty cocktails, beautifully presented dishes using fresh ingredients and delicious desserts are served in the charming ambiance of a magnificent period home with an elegant inner courtyard. The bilingual wait staff provides professional and friendly service. Service is offered throughout the day from 7 am to 10 pm. By law, no smoking is permitted on the restaurant premises.

Restaurante Grano de Oro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. for early risers preparing for day tours and adventurous exploring and continues until 11:00 a.m. Coffee, juice and continental fare can be requested even earlier. A variety of tropical fruit juices offers exotic nutrition to start the day. Traditional choices abound; omelets and Eggs Benedict complemented by an assortment of more unusual dishes. Banana macadamia nut pancakes bring the rainforest to the breakfast table and “the Tico” offers a sampler of Costa Rican favorites: Gallo Pinto (black beans and rice), eggs, tortillas, sweet plantains and fresh farmer’s cheese.

Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and offers a pleasant selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, light entrées and delicious classics. A favorite dining spot for both locals and visitors, Restaurante Grano de Oro provides a delightful place to enjoy a midday meal.

Dinner is a featured attraction at Grano de Oro, served from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The ambiance is intimate and romantic, but with an Old World elegance that makes Grano de Oro inviting. The dinner menu ranges from the traditional to the sublime. Hors d’oeurves include a foie gras crème brûlée with caramelized pears and a butter poached salmon in a light vanilla sauce.

When choosing a main course, the options are many. “Pato con Higos Caramelizados” is a roasted Canadian duck breast served with a caramelized fig and a pate crostini. Fresh fish also figures prominently on the dinner menu at Grano de Oro and are enhanced by a variety of delicious sauces, from the simple perfection of a cardamom essence to rich cream and wine sauces. “Corvina a la Macadamia” is a signature entrée – a sea bass filet breaded with toasted macadamia nuts and served with a light orange herb sauce. The superb cuisine is complemented by a wine list boasting excellent choices from around the world.
And, of course, the pinnacle of any dinner at Grano de Oro is dessert. The signature Grano de Oro Pie is a decadent blend of coffee and chocolate while the lighter Soufflé Glace a la Naranja ensures there is always room for dessert.

For elegant food with an international flavor, Restaurante Grano de Oro delivers in style.

For private lunches and dinners, Restaurante Grano de Oro has a prívate dining room for groups up to 16 people and uses the same menus as our restaurant. For more information or to reserve this room, please send us an e-mail to restaurante@hotelgranodeoro.com.

Wines & Spirits

The bar offers a variety of specialty coffees, martinis, champagne cocktails and classic drinks. With an old world feel, it is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy a small bite to eat or partake from our full menu.

The wine list contains a variety of wines from around the world hand chosen to pair with our menu and offers one of the best selections in Costa Rica. Enjoy a glass of wine from our Premium wine menu after a long day of touring or an afternoon of relaxing.

Activities at Hotel Grano de Oro

Tours & Activities

Activities
There are plenty of activities you can enjoy while staying in San José, this city offers an interesting mix of cultural and artistic highlights, the city is going through a revitalization process and there is history, culture and architecture everywhere. Walking from the hotel or with a 5 minutes ride in a taxi, you can visit the surrounding areas; we recommend you the following 5 routes:

1. Art Museum and La Sabana Park

Art Museum and La Sabana Park
Just 8 blocks from the hotel you could walk to the Art museum and La Sabana Park. The Art Museum is set in a neoclassical style building, built in the late 30’s; this building was the first international airport in Costa Rica. This museum offers exhibitions of works by local and international artists related to the visual arts. La Sabana Park is the main park of San José, it has an area of 72 hectares (including a lake, the National Stadium, the Art Museum and the National Gym) and it offers many areas for sports, you could take advantage of a beautiful morning or a sunny afternoon to go to the park for a walk.

2. Pedestrian Boulevard and Central Market

Pedestrian Boulevard and Central Market
Only 10 minutes walking from the hotel, you can get to the Pedestrian area which is a boulevard with all kind of stores including: shoe stores, department stores, clothing stores, etc. This boulevard has been improved in recent years, with the addition of decorative lamps, trees, flowers, etc; and during the year exhibitions like the cow parade or the peace parade (with pigeons painted by children from schools) take place in this boulevard. The Central Market was built in 1880, this is a popular market, very crowded and with a lot of booths with people that sells different kind of products like: crafts, flowers, spices, candles, and anything you can imagine, visiting this market is a must. This market is considered country’s cultural heritage.

3. National Theater and Gold Museum

National Theater and Gold Museum
If you continue walking along the pedestrian boulevard you are going to get to the Culture Plaza where the National Theater and Gold Museum are located. The National Theater is considered like the most appraised cultural jewel in the capital. Inspired by the Paris Opera House, this Neo-baroque style building was built to impress, this theater has fine finishes including 22.5-karat gold leaf and Belgian ironwork. The construction began in 1890 and the theater opened in 1897. To afford the expensive construction a special tax for each bag of coffee exported was created (coffee was our main export at that time), the opening of the National Theater was a significant event for Costa Rican society. The gold museum is located under the culture plaza; this museum offers archaeological, numismatic and pre-Columbian art collections. After visiting these two places we suggest you to stop and enjoy a famous Pops ice cream or a cup of CR coffee at 1820 coffee shop (both places are located at the Plaza de la Cultura).

4. National Museum and Artisans Market

National Museum and Artisans Market
If you get to the end of the pedestrian boulevard and continue two more blocks east you will get to the National Museum, the building it is housed used to be military quarter. It is the last building of this type still standing in Costa Rica. This building was the Bellavista Fortress, a structure that witnessed two battles and the announcement to abolish the military. The showrooms of this museum make a journey through the history of Costa Rica. On the west of the National Museum sits the Artisan Market, this market consists of a narrow alleyway with booths where you can find almost every type of souvenirs, especially wood works, including: wine holders, cutting boards, salad bowls, etc.

5. CENAC (National Center for culture) and Jade Museum

CENAC (National Center for culture) and Jade Museum
The National Center for Culture is set in a building with a strong influence of colonial style, evident in the simplicity of the front lines and the distribution of internal spaces, built in 1853; this edification was the National Liquor Factory until 1981. Inside the National Center for culture are: The Museum of art and contemporary design, theaters FANAL and 1887 and the Centre for Cultural Heritage Research; where you will find all kinds of cultural events such as arts shows, theater plays, music, dance and poetry all year long. Less than a mile from CENAC, at the National Institute of Insurances, it’s located the Jade Museum, another opportunity to know the pre-Columbian history, culture, beliefs and abilities of elaboration of jade pieces and other beautiful rocks.

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Tours

From San José you can take one of a number of daytrips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experience the thrill of white water rafting, to mention just a few. We want to share with you our top ten tours:

Top Ten Tours

1. San José Walking Tour

This tour is the best way to see the city. A guided walking tour of the down town area, this tour provides you with great information about the culture, history and architecture of San José. This experience allows you to learn interesting facts about the city, gives you time to appreciate the beauty of San José and immerse you into the capital’s environment. There are 4 options of tour depending on your likes, for more information: here.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

2. Coffee tour

If you are a coffee lover and you want to learn about the history and process of the coffee in Costa Rica, this tour is the perfect option for you, you will learn all the secrets that a delicious cup of coffee enclose.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

3. Canopy

For those who like to experience the adrenaline of an adventure activity, a canopy tour is a very good choice; enjoy the sensation of sliding through the forest while surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Some canopies include a combination of superman zip lines, equilibrium cable games or rappel. This activity is available for adults and children.
Who can go? Anyone who is not afraid of heights; there are canopies that allow a minimum age of 2 years and others from the age of 6 years, it depends on the availability of equipment of the tour operator. The difficulty level varies depending on the type of canopy (height, length of the cables, etc).

4. Rafting

The rafting tour is once in a lifetime experience, you will enjoy the amazing nature of the rainforest via the river, while running the rapids into the heart of the rainforest. There are different classes of rapids depending on the difficulty. This activity is available for adults and children.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, swimming experience is recommended. The minimum age varies between 12 and 14 years, it depends on the time of year (dry or rainy season). The difficulty level varies depending on the class of the rafting.

5. Tortuga Island

If you want to enjoy a day of relaxation, Tortuga Island is the best option for you, this tour take you to a beautiful island in the gulf of Nicoya, during the trip onboard of a cruise, you will enjoy live music, fresh tropical fruits, beautiful landscapes and a sunbath. Once you get to the island there are many activities you can do like: snorkeling, banana boat, volleyball, etc.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

6. Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

If you want to see one of the most popular volcanoes of the country, you need to visit Poas Volcano National Park, its main crater is one of the world’s larger (over 1.5 Km wide) and this volcano also presents a lagoon and different ecosystems. La Paz Waterfall Gardens Private Park is an attraction by itself; you will be delighted by the spectacular waterfalls in the middle of the rainforest, inside the park there are also many attractions including the country’s largest butterfly garden.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

7. Rain Forest Aerial Tram

Experience the thrill of being in the middle of the rainforest and at the top of the canopy by taking an aerial tram tour; in this tour you will enjoy the scenic views of the rain forest from different points, get to see some plants and wildlife and learn about Costa Rica ecosystems.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

8. Irazú Volcano, Lankaster Gardens & Orosi Valley

Visit the highest active volcano in Costa Rica, this giant rises 11,000 feet above sea level, while you ascend enjoy the spectacular drive through fields of coffee, potatoes and cabbages. Once in the volcano, walk along the moon-like scenery and if you are lucky you would get a clear view of the crater. Learn about the history of Costa Rica by visiting one of the most scenic regions of Costa Rica: Orosi Valley, a beautiful valley that is crossed by the Reventazón River, in Orosi are the ruins of the oldest church in Costa Rica: Orosi’s Catholic Church that was built in 1743. To end with this great tour enjoy the beauty of tropical orchids at the Lankaster Botanical Garden, there are also collections of bromeliads, bamboos, epiphytes and other wonderful plants from various areas of Costa Rica in this garden.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

9. Grecia & Sarchí

This is a relaxing and very enjoyable tour, it begins with a drive through coffee and sugar cane plantations; once you get to the town of Grecia, you will see the famous metal church of the Lady of Mercy that has a beautiful architecture with high ceilings, ornate stained glass windows, and classical lines. Then the tour will take you to the capital of handicrafts in Costa Rica: Sarchí, where you will visit a factory of oxcarts, the oxcarts (national symbol of Costa Rica) were once used to transport coffee beans over the mountains to the coast; you will find them in various sizes and splendidly decorated with intense colors, such as oranges and reds. This is an ideal place to find wonderful souvenirs of your trip.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

10. Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs

One of the most popular tours in Costa Rica, this tour will take you to the more active volcano in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano. On a clear day you will have the opportunity to observe the spectacular eruptions of incandescent rock and molten lava of this volcano. The tour includes the visit to the Hot springs, a very relaxing experience. If you have the opportunity to stay more than one night in this zone, we recommend you to do it, because there are many activities to enjoy in the area.
Who can go? Anyone in normal healthy physical condition, there is no restriction of age or difficulty level for this tour.

Please note that every tour operator has more detailed information regarding the age and difficulty level of the tours depending on the person and the type of tour.

Other One day tours

For the following tours we suggest a one night stay, however if you don’t have time and you definitely want to visit these beautiful areas, there are one day tours available from San José:

1. Monteverde

Monteverde cloud forest is located north of Puntarenas; the main attraction in this area is the Monteverde Biological Reserve, characterized by its variety of flora and fauna, much of which is unique in the world, this has made of Monteverde a “must” for ecotourism travelers. Monteverde is internationally known for its conservation efforts. The one day tour will take you to the hanging bridges to appreciate the beauty of the cloud forest from the highest points; you will also visit the butterfly and hummingbirds gardens.

2. Tortuguero

Tortuguero is a National Park located in the Northern Caribbean side of the country; Tortuguero has been described as our little Amazonas, because of its abundant wildlife. Surrounded by a natural canals system, it is one of the most important nesting sites in the world for the green sea turtle. The one day tour will take you to the Caribbean area to get in a boat and trip into the jungle of the park. After lunch you will walk to the village of Tortuguero to learn about the history of the town and the Afro Caribbean culture.

Private tours

For any destination you want to visit, you have the option of taking a private tour. We can coordinate for you to have a private driver who speaks English and can take you wherever you want. If you only need a driver we can also arrange it for you.

There are some places you could visit with a private driver, we give you some recommendations:

1. Take a pineapple tour

Visit an operating pineapple farm, trip through the farm in the comfort of a unique trailer, learn about the history of the pineapple and enjoy freshly cut pineapple and juice. For 13 years, Corsicana farm has been dedicated to pineapple production; their farm has an extension of 3200 acres and is divided into 4 different projects: conventional production, organic production, ornamental productions and protected areas.

2. Spend your day at La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a private park where you will have many things to do; you can spend a whole day in this wonderful place. Some of the attractions are: spectacular waterfalls, the country’s largest Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium, Frog Exhibit, Tica House, Trout Lake and many bird watching areas. They offer buffet lunch at the Colibries Restaurant with multiple selections of traditional Costa Rican dishes.

3. Visit Zoo Ave

Zoo Ave is not only a zoo but also a conservational and educational facility, Zoo Ave is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the environmental conservation, in this place you can find all sorts of animals like: monkeys, turtles, pigs, peacocks, crocodiles, caimans, besides an extraordinary number of birds including: raptors, parakeets, parrots, toucans, scarlet macaws ostriches, emus, and various songbirds. They also offer a botanical garden and cafeteria.

Combined tours

If you want to have different options of activities in only one place, these places could be interesting for you:

4. Colinas del Poás

Colinas del Poás is a project that integrates recreation in harmony with nature, the project offers: a canopy tour, the fishing of trout, trails, services of bar and restaurant, animal footpaths and breeding grounds, everything integrated under the concept of harmony with nature. This project has 15 hectares of secondary cloudy forest, with water springs, great amount of plant species and animals and it is located in Alajuela in the route to the Poás Volcano.

5. Hacienda Pozo Azul

Hacienda Pozo Azul is a 2000 acre working ranch located at only 90 minutes from San José, you will enjoy a great variety of eco adventures in a nature rich environment with first class equipment and trained guides to provide you a safe and unforgettable experience. The one day tour includes breakfast, lunch and 2 adventures that you choose between the following: canopy, rafting, rapelling, horseback riding and hiking.

Other activities

If you are in our hotel for a short time and you don’t have enough time to take a tour, we recommend the following activities:

Relax and unwind at our bar/lounge. We have an extensive drink list with many delicious beverages including: Champagne Cocktails, Martinis, Virgin Cocktails, etc
Read a good book, we have a small bookcase for book exchange
Have a relaxing massage or other special treatment in our massage room
Enjoy the evening resting on our Jacuzzi terrace
Take a walk to La sabana Park, just a few blocks from the hotel
Finish the day off with a leisurely dinner in our tropical Victorian influenced restaurant
Our reception desk will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about these or other tours or activities. Tours and activities can be booked through our receptionists prior to or during your trip.

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Address: Calle 30, Avenida 2 y 4, San José, Costa Rica





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