Hidden away in San José, Costa Rica’s bustlingly modern capital, are pockets of Victorian elegance and serenity. Among the most charming is the Hotel Grano de Oro, an exquisite 19th-century manor house that’s been converted into a delightful confection of a boutique hotel. A stay here is truly like stepping back in time.
“Grano de oro” is Costa Rican slang for coffee bean—a “grain of gold” whose small size belies its value. At the hotel, you’ll find this same intimacy and loveliness in the hotel’s 21 suites, with their antique wood paneling, wrought-iron bedsteads, and tropical gardens. Plus, you’ll enjoy the comfort of having one of Costa Rica’s finest restaurants—tropical ingredients fused with French Mediterranean cooking—right under the same roof. A family-run inn with classic style and charm.