Hotel Grano de Oro in San Jose
Though Grano de Oro literally means Grain of Gold in English in Costa Rica this phrase honors the coffee bean which is vital to the Costa Rican economy.
The Hotel Grano de Oro is a labor of love by a Canadian family that turned a private mansion into a world class hotel. The mansion was built in 1910, but it did not get converted and open as a hotel on 1994. The hotel honors it's residential history with many period photographs throughout the public spaces.
Erin and I stayed in the Garden Suite which was the entertaining parlor originally. It is furnished in period antiques so you truly feel your spending the night in your “friend with old money”s parents' house. The suite has its own private patio garden and interestingly a foyer. Another perk is that it has double-wide spa jet tub so two people may comfortably bathe side by side.
The eponymous hotel restaurant is excellent. Erin and I dined under the stars in the courtyard and ordered a three course meal. Extensive and affordable wine list. Great selection of sipping rums. I tried Spanish Zacapa rum for the first time. It was a $20 sip but heavenly flavor.
The rooftop jacuzzis were disappointing and did not compare to those of The Convent in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They were basically the precast tubs you might find in your neighbors backyard. Don't get excited to hang out there.