Our last stop on our introductory tour through Costa Rica that included Finca Rosa Blanca and Pacuare Lodge, was San Jose, where the CST Level 4 certified Grano de Oro was grandly perched and waiting for our arrival. The Grano de Oro, which literally means “grain of gold” referring to the coffee bean and the effect it has had on the Costa Rican economy, is a small boutique eco hotel consisting of 21 rooms and a café restaurant.
The building, originally built in 1910 as a private residence, was constructed in the old Victorian style with a tropical flair. And today, Grano de Oro is located right in the heart of San Jose within walking distance to the pedestrian-friendly Paseo Colon. So, you can see the sights of San Jose, yet still be able to conduct day trips to the various volcanoes and rainforests in the region.
We stayed in a lovely courtyard garden room with comfortable accommodations and, to our surprise, a television equipped with satellite channels! After nearly a week without television (we actually didn’t really miss it), it was a guilty pleasure to catch up on world events.
In the mornings, we dined in the café restaurant on the most delicious French toast and omelets around. The fresh-squeezed blackberry juices and mango juices were particularly memorable as well. In all, Grano de Oro was a wonderful way to wind down after an adventurous trip through Costa Rica.