by Michael J. Shapiro | July 12, 2018
The redesigned Gran Hotel Costa Rica has reopened as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, marking the debut of the brand in the Central American country. The 79-room San José property, which originally opened in 1930 as the first Costa Rica hotel designed for international visitors, has been renovated to fuse its historical charm with modern design and amenities. 
 
The historic landmark, which features indoor gardens and a rooftop piano bar overlooking the National Theater, is one of the most iconic buildings in San José. Guest rooms now feature 49-inch TVs, complimentary WiFi and ergonomic workspaces, with walk-in showers and organic amenities in the bathrooms. Suites offer 24-hour butler service and access to the Executive Lounge.
 
The Cultura 5 restaurant offers panoramic views of the city. A 24-hour business center and gym, as well as an 890-square-foot event space, also are on-site.
 
"Surging in tourist arrivals from the previous year, Costa Rica continues to be a top choice destination for travelers, and Curio Collection by Hilton is pleased to provide these travelers with an authentic new hotel experience," said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. "We recognize the demand for unique accommodations in key markets across the region, and our first property in the country allows us to provide this to the growing number of travelers seeking elevated, unexpected experiences while visiting the capital city."
 
The hotel is on Avenida Central, about 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport. "The property is an important landmark to our community and we look forward to showcasing its beauty and history to travelers," added Sandor Tupi, general manager.
 
The property is part of the Hilton Honors loyalty program and is Hilton's 16th hotel in Central America.