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Hotel Grano de Oro

A quiet and luxurious escape within the bustling metropolis of San Jose

Embracing the Essence of Costa Rica's "Grain of Gold"

This historic Victorian mansion turned boutique hotel, exudes character and comfort. A favourite for the locals in San Jose with its blend of past and present charm.

Hotel Grano de Oro is named for Costa Rica’s love affair with coffee, referring to it as a "Grain of Gold." This significance served as the inspiration for the creation of a hotel that embodies the warmth and inimitability of the city in which it is situated, San Jose – the capital of Costa Rica.

Rooms: Grano de Oro spans three floors, boasting 39 individually designed rooms, each with its distinct personality. However, they all share a common thread of elegance, featuring neutral colours, exquisite hardwood floors, and opulent brocade linens. The furnishings exude sophistication, crafted from wrought iron and wicker, adding to the timeless allure.

Every room is generously equipped with expected amenities to ensure utmost comfort. From air conditioning and ceiling fans for a pleasant climate to plush robes, guests are well-catered to during their stay. For those seeking elevated experiences, higher-tier rooms offer delightful extras, including private hot tubs affording city views or serene interior courtyards adorned with graceful fountains.

Amenities: Hotel Grano de Oro boasts an array of excellent facilities to cater to every guest's desires. An Activity Desk stands ready to assist in planning memorable adventures, while a serene spa and a well-equipped gym offer relaxation and rejuvenation. For culinary enthusiasts, the hotel's restaurant promises a journey of fine dining, celebrating Costa Rica's diverse flavours. There is also a delightful gift shop and a cozy café.

Activities: Beyond the hotel's delightful offerings, the surrounding area bursts with an array of activities to explore. The location of this hotel in the city of San Jose means that all manner of cultural activities from museums and art galleries to guided walking tours are within a short taxi ride.

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January

January is the dry season in Costa Rica (although you can still expect the odd tropical shower) and so a fantastic time to visit, the only downside is it is peak season and so you can expect some crowds and peak season prices.

The dry season is ideal if you want to walk through the jungles of Manuel Antonio National Park. It is also an excellent time to visit the soft sandy beaches as you can see humpback whales, as well as green and leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean.

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February

The dry season continues in February with hot, dry conditions but fewer visitor numbers than in January making it a wonderful time to visit Costa Rica.

If you're hoping to see turtles or humpback whales you want to head to the Pacific Coast, or if you are looking to surf, both the Atlantic and Pacific Coast are great this time of year.

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March

March is still the dry season in Costa Rica, and with fewer crowds, it is a fantastic time of year to visit. March kicks off with Monteverde Music Fest where National and international musicians gather in the cloudforest town for a month of song and dance.

You can see Loggerhead turtles at Parque Nacionale Tortuguero and Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve from March to May.

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April

April is the final month of the dry season, and also one of the hottest meaning many visitors prefer the breezy Pacific coast or visit higher mountainous areas. Easter holidays mean that Costa Rica does get busy, but it quietens after Easter.

Every two years (even numbers), San José plays host to the International Arts Festival where you can expect ten days of theatre shows, concerts, dance performances and art exhibitions.

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May

May is the start of the rainy season, but with it, you benefit from fewer visitors, lower prices and still plenty of good weather. Although there are rain showers, these tend to be in the afternoon, meaning you've bright, sunny mornings to explore - watch wildlife for longer, uninterrupted by other tourists.

Surfers will love this time of year with an increasing swell on the Pacific coast and empty beaches.

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June

June is still part of the rainy or green season, meaning there are tropical showers, but also plenty of lush, vivid vegetation. June is when surfing is at its peak on the Pacific coast.

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July

Whilst July is still part of the rainy season, there is a letup in the volume of rain making it a fantastic time to spot wildlife without the crowds and with amazing plush vegetation.

July is also when green turtles return to their favoured nesting grounds in Tortuguero, with some turtles travelling 2000km to reach their breeding beaches. More turtles can be found at Playa Nancite in Santa Rosa and Ostional Wildlife Reserve, where olive ridleys lay millions of eggs in the black sand, often in the middle of the day.

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August

August still forms part of the wet season, but this doesn't put off families visiting Costa Rica who bring children during the school holidays for the plethora of activities available.

It is a good month to see both green and Hawksbill turtles nesting around Tortuguero. Further up the Pacific coast, olive ridley turtles storm the sands in a synchronized mass nesting event known as arribada which will continue until November. The northern part of the Pacific coast receives the least rain so is ideal for those hunting sunshine.

If you're looking to party, the Virgin of the Seas Fiesta takes place in the Gulf of Nicoya to remember a time when the desperate prayers of storm-shocked sailors were answered.

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September

September and October are the wettest months of the green season meaning that remote areas of Costa Rica can become inaccessible due to the roads and spotting wildlife can be more challenging. The East of the country is the driest so visitors willing to brave the rain head to Tortuguero National Park.

Independence Day occurs on the 15th September which is a big fiesta - across the country, you can expect big patriotic parades celebrating the country’s independence from Spain in 1821.

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October

October is another very wet month in Costa Rica, especially on the west coast which is the best place to see whales and turtles at this time of year.

October is an important month for festivals with Limón Carnival happening. Expect week-long celebrations to mark Christopher Columbus’s landing at Isla Uvita, but be aware these can have an impact on local services.

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November

November marks the end of the wet season - although the exact end date can be difficult to pinpoint, so travel this month can be a gamble, with the upside being lower prices and fewer crowds, plus the potential for glorious sunshine! If you get lucky, November can be the best month to visit.

The Caribbean Coast on the East gets the dry weather first, and if there is rain, it tends to fall in the afternoon so you can easily plan your day around it.

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December

December marks the return of the dry season with visitors flocking to the beaches of sea, sun and sand.

It also means wetter areas of the country reopen with Arenal National Park being one of the most popular for its volcano, hanging bridges and zipwire through the forest, and its magnificent waterfalls.

On the 27th December, there is San José Carnival where you can see huge parades with colourful floats, vibrant music and lots of dancing.

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