Costa Rica’s Tourism Birthplace
The iconic Gran Hotel Costa Rica is the first 4-star hotel in the country and the birthplace of Costa Rica’s modern tourism industry. It’s original owner, Luis Paulino Jimenez, built the hotel in 1930 after the government agreed to help attract foreign visitors by creating roads to Irazu and Poas volcanoes. Famous visitors that spent the night at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica include John Wayne, Harry Truman, Pele, Cantinflas and JFK.
This beautiful hotel stands across from the National Theater’s main gates, overlooking the Cultural Plaza. Its prime location makes it a favorite place for downtown accommodations or a cup of coffee.