San Jose

Grano de Oro


A capital stopover

Grano the Oro is a handsome boutique hotel occupying three grand late-Victorian residences in the heart of Costa Rica’s capital, taking its name, meaning ‘grain of gold’ from the coffee bean so important to the nation’s history.

40 rooms are adorned with antiques, original artwork, dark woods, vintage rugs and stone tiles, giving it a grand but welcoming feel.

Downstairs find one of the city’s top restaurants, an award-winning wine cellar, all overseen by a celebrated chef who has been with the hotel since its inception.


At a glance

  • 40 rooms

  • Restarant

  • Wine cellar

  • Treatment room

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Community & Culture

In 2002, the owners established a non-profit organization to in order to help young women in Costa Rica who are abused and sexually exploited. Asociacion Reaccion en Cadena por Nuestra Ninez was set up to address the existing and growing needs of this issue. Through this association, Casa Luz provides a safe environment and the necessary monetary and emotional support for these women and their children. Through the course of the program, it helps the young mothers realize that they can have healthy lives, positive social interactions and a nurturing relationship with their children. The ultimate goal is to teach them the life skills needed to achieve a productive and independent future. Casa Luz is the only program in Costa Rica that offers continued individual support to young mothers after they have turned 18.


The hotel is committed to protecting the environment and works hard to ensure all our individual and business actions leave a green footprint on the road! Employees are trained and motivated to save water, electricity and at least once a month participate in cleaning the streets of San Jose. The lodge also participates in tree planting for the employees. Through these initiatives and motivations, the employees and their families are taught of the importance of greener actions.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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