How to Travel Like a Minimalist: Living Out of Carry-On Luggage

14 Mar 2020

Five years out of my nine years living abroad, I have only lived out of a carry-on luggage and a laptop bag. People are usually shocked when I tell them this, especially women. There is an immense amount of freedom knowing that at any moment, I can pack up all of my physical possessions in just 10 minutes (I’ve timed it) and be out the door to anywhere I want to go!

When I’m on the move, I save tons of time and money never having to check luggage or wait to pick it up at the baggage carousel. By having less in life there is less mental strain because there is simply less to worry about. If you’re interested in the benefits of minimalism read my book How to Live Abroad and Thrive with Passive Income as I go into much greater detail on the topic.

I’ve been asked so many times what I travel with that I have decided to finally share what all I lug around with me. Below is what I live with for 10-11 months out of each year.

Less is truly more!

The things I live with:

Electronics

Clothing

Toiletries

Miscelaneous

The answer is no, I don’t stink all the time, I just wash my clothes often! Perhaps in the future I will share how I manage to keep everything so clean while living out of hotel rooms.

Five years living as a minimalist and I’m still working to downsize. Every once in a while I’m able to remove more things such as this year when I went from three pairs of shoes, down to two pairs! I was excited! The lighter my bags are the better I feel!

Becoming a minimalist has really improved my life and the lives of those around me. I would urge you to give it a shot as well as it’s better for our planet, our minds, and our bank accounts!

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica

It is very well known that Costa Rica is famous for its rich nature! It seems like no matter wherever you turn, you’ll constantly discover amazing features such as waterfalls, rain forests, animals, beaches, volcanoes, and the list goes on! I was honestly overwhelmed with the amount of things I could see and do. Luckily, the amazing people over at Travel Excellence Costa Rica have made knowing exactly where to take visitors their profession.

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They helped to arrange two days of tours throughout Costa Rica but both days beginning with a hotel pickup in San Jose. Instead of following some sort of pre-planned itinerary, they took my interests into account and formulated a plan that suited me like a glove. It was even adjusted along the way as I discovered what exactly I wanted. I’ve never had such a personalized tour, it was truly something special!

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

The first day started with a prompt hotel pick up at 7am. We were headed to a famous volcano! Along the way I had a lovely chat with my first tour guide, Oscar. He was sure to bring me to a very local coffee shop on the way. Not long after we were up to the Poas Volcano where we were briefed on safety. This was the first time I had ever seen a volcano crater and it was truly something special! Smells like rotten eggs.

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

We moved on to viewing some waterfalls that were not too far away. These were enveloped in some of the most luscious landscapes I have ever seen in my life. It was truly a delight to see that Costa Rica takes so much pride in conserving their beautiful nature. I got my drone up and flew around to capture several waterfalls in the area.

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

It was almost lunch time and luckily next up was a stop at Corso Farms. Corso Farms specializes in raising cattle, strawberries, and blueberries. The farm has an incredible restaurant where you can taste foods made directly from the land. First we toured their fruit plantation and then stopped in their restaurant for lunch, where my mind was blown! Out of my extended trip in Costa Rica, this turned out to be my favorite meal of the whole visit! Chef Arturo Mora put together a small tasting menu which simply was perfect. It was comprised of the farms strawberries, cheese, and beef. The way that chef Arturo balanced the flavors was just amazing and made me want to keep eating. He could easily work in any of the top restaurants in the world! The farm’s beef was also much more tender than I ever would’ve imagined. We finish with a cup of coffee and were on our way back to San Jose.

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

I had a chance to rest for a bit and then knowing that I loved gastronomy, Travel Excellence organized a fine dining meal at Restaurante Silvestre. Restaurante Silvestre focuses on providing modern Costa Rican food in a beautiful space. The interior of the restaurant was just magnificent and I got to meet the owner and chef. Some of the dishes I enjoyed were the ceviche and the incredible dessert!

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Day one was over and it was time to get started again after resting for a day or two. The second day started at 8am and I’m happy that I didn’t eat breakfast because we got to stop for local Costa Rican breakfast at a lovely restaurant. Not long after and it was time to see the first beach but not before spotting a few Scarlet Macaws along the roadside and a crocodile! The birds looked like they came right out of National Geographic!

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

The volcanic sand beach was the one that struck me the most. The dark black sand was something truly unique that I had never seen before in my life.

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Just near the beach we stopped at El Patio Restaurant and Bar. This was a fairly modern yet casual restaurant. I went for the red snapper that was super freshly caught, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. This meal was absolutely incredible! Nothing like fresh fish.

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I really appreciate the fact that Travel Excellence focuses on conservation of the beautiful nature we have on our planet. In keeping with this theme, they even provide biodegradable water bottles during their tours. It’s not all about the money folks!

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

The evening was coming to a close but not before we made a quick stop at Villa Caletas Hotel which is located on top of a cliff overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Nicoya. We toured a variety of the rooms and then stopped by for a drink. The views from this property were stupendous! Can’t wait to come back and stay here.

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

I was very impressed with Travel Excellence Costa Rica from the beginning to end. I started with not knowing much about the country and finished with feeling like I know a lot thanks to their lovely tour guides. They did a lovely job of explaining more than just the surface level of Costa Rican history and culture and gave me a much better impression of the inner workings of the country. I am very thankful for such lovely experience! Without a doubt, I highly recommend Travel Excellence Costa Rica!

It is very well known that Costa Rica is famous for its rich nature! It seems like no matter wherever you turn, you'll constantly discover amazing features such as waterfalls, rain forests, animals, beaches, volcanoes, and the list goes on! I was honestly overwhelmed with the amount of things I…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9
Value - 9.3
Feng Shui - 9.8
Convenience - 10
Service - 9

9.4

Perfect!

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Travel Excellence

Tour

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Expert Guide: How to See the Best of Costa Rica Blog Central America Costa Rica San Jose Tours

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel

I was super excited because I had finally reached South America for the first time! The first country I visited was Colombia, and the first few nights were at the Wyndham Bogota Hotel. I didn’t come from very far, but I was exhausted after a delayed flight and was happy to have an airport transfer provided by the hotel. The hotel also has a complimentary shuttle included, but I went for the private variety. The Wyndham Bogota is just 15 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the city center without traffic. You can’t get much more convenient than this!

 

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Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Upon an effortless check-in with the lovely receptionist Alexandra, it was up to the fifth floor to see my room. The room was incredibly spacious. There was a bright interior design with colored accents throughout, large sofa, working desk, coffee machine, and a beautiful view of the residential area near the hotel. I was happy with the comfortable bedding which gave me a great sleep for each of my nights.

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Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

The bathroom was fairly modern with a minimal design. Inside there was a single sink vanity and shower stall. It was fairly bare-bones but had everything I needed during my stay.

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

The Wyndham Bogota Hotel has breakfast on the lobby level as well as in their Executive Lounge on the ninth floor. As you’d expect, the main breakfast is a bit more extensive but the club lounge offers a more intimate and private venue which I prefer personally. The view from the lounge was also a lovely feature!

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Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

In the evenings, the Executive Lounge also offers some drinks and snacks to guests staying on the executive floor. I enjoyed the offering which had a decent variety of alcoholic drinks as well as food!

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

The Wyndham Bogota Hotel is actually part of a complex that has several restaurants, a gym, and another hotel. The gym is open to the public and also to the hotel guests. The gym is massive and stays fairly busy at all times of day. The gym has all of the modern equipment you will ever need, as well as a pool!

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Throughout my stay, I got to try several dinners at the property, whether it was a private meal in the club lounge or in their restaurant on the lobby level. The main variety of food offered is Mediterranean. However, I was able to enjoy some customized Colombian meals made just for me. The Colombian food I ate was provided by the experienced senior chef who really knew what he was doing! Whether it was the shrimp ceviche, the Colombian chicken soup known as Ajiaco, or something more simple like the plantain chips, all made my heart melt and made me excited to try more Colombian food!

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In conclusion, my state overall at the Wyndham Bogota Art Hotel was very smooth and comfortable. The location is incredibly convenient, the service is attentive, and the property is well equipped. If you’re looking for a convenient business hotel near both the city and the airport, look no further than the Wyndham Art Bogota Hotel.

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I was super excited because I had finally reached South America for the first time! The first country I visited was Colombia, and the first few nights were at the Wyndham Bogota Hotel. I didn't come from very far, but I was exhausted after a delayed flight and was happy…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.7
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 8
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 8.4

8.3

Solid!

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Ac. 24 #N 51 40, Bogotá, Colombia

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Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

Wyndham Bogota Review: A Convenient and Quality Hotel Blog Bogota Colombia Hotels South America

How to Live Abroad and Thrive with Passive Income Audiobook Released!

07 Mar 2020

I never did a proper post when I first published How to Live Abroad and Thrive with Passive Income. My mistake! Anyways, now you know that it’s possible to get the book in paperback, Kindle, and now audio book!

The world is yours!

Less and less people are reading actual books these days, so in order to capture more souls (muahaha) I have narrated and published the audio book version now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! Click the link below to get a special rate on the book now.


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How To Live Abroad and Thrive with Passive Income will completely empower you, giving you all of the knowledge you need (and more) to move to a foreign country with utmost confidence, collect monthly passive income from several sources so you never have to worry about money again, make people longingly desire to be your friend (or more), save money like a pro to create a mountain of cash to fund your new and incredibly rewarding life abroad, rid yourself of physical and mental clutter that is holding you back from mental tranquility, build a life that is filled with meaning and so exhilarating that you can’t wait to get up each morning.

Author Pierre Blake has hand-crafted these truly groundbreaking life lessons and strategies over the past 10 years while living in 7 countries and traveling to nearly 50. When Pierre isn’t authoring books, he’s in the Maldives swimming with sharks and sleeping in pristine water villas, living in Tokyo for extended jaunts taking a deep-dive into Japanese culture (mostly food), exploring ancient castles in the south of France on a luxury Rhône River cruise where all expenses were paid, and taking naps every afternoon for as long as he wants because he has complete control over his time. Pierre’s hardest decision in life is deciding where he will explore.

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose

During my first visit to San Jose, Costa Rica I had a stay at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city or going outside to see the beautiful nature this country has to offer, Gran Hotel Costa Rica is a great place to start. The property is 90 years old and recently acquired by the Hilton brand which did an absolutely impressive upgrade to this landmark property.

 

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica’s lobby is actually located on the fifth floor. The space is very impressive with its tall ceilings and large amount of open area to move around in. Also on the fifth floor is the restaurant, bar, lobby lounge, and a beautiful view of the surrounding city including the National Theater. I was very excited to finally check out my room which was just one floor down, on the fourth floor.

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

For my stay I had a 1 King Bed Room with a view of a small atrium in the center of the hotel. From the moment I opened the door I noticed the incredibly sleek and modern design. Everywhere I looked in this gorgeous room I fell in love with details. The use of wood going from the headboard and across the ceiling was gorgeous. To top it off, there was a very soft rim light which set an intimate mood. It felt like home!

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

The bathroom was open to the rest of the room and included a single sink vanity, locally-produced toiletries, a separated shower stall, and separated toilet stall. It was a well-designed bathroom in addition to the lovely room.

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Down the hallway was the capsule coffee machine and tea facilities which included the famous Costa Rican coffee by Britt.

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica’s Restaurant was located on the fifth floor. Just like the room, the restaurant’s dining room had a great design and offered splendid views of the city of San Jose. My first dinner was very impressive as everything I ate was simply magical. I had a chance to try several dishes and honestly was delighted with the consistently delicious food. A large majority was just lovely! Some of my favorites included the burger, pecan pie, seabass tiradito, virgin bloody mary, and the seafood risotto.

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

In the evenings, guests who stay in specific room categories, including Superior and Suites will have access to canapes and alcoholic beverages in the lobby lounge for three hours. Some days these were much more than small days but more like a full dinner. Beverages included soft drinks, wine, beer, and spirits. I was also impressed as all cocktails are included during this period. This was a great period for relaxing after a long day of exploring Costa Rica!

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

The breakfast takes place in a large dining room behind the bar which includes both a buffet and à la carte options. Once again, like dinner, the breakfast was consistent with the level of quality food that was available. I was sure to try both the local and international options that were on offer. I especially liked the regional options and the selection of salsa that I could add to spice things up with!

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On the same floor as the reception is the fitness center. The gym was on the smaller side but did include everything I needed and more for a quality work out. Inside were multiple cardio machines, weight machines, and free weights. There are no relaxation facilities such as pool, sauna, or steam room.

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

In 1963 The Gran Hotel Costa Rica did have John F. Kennedy as a guest! The original furniture used during his stay is on display in a lounge on the fourth floor. It felt quite interesting to sit where JFK probably sat nearly 60 years ago!

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From start to finish the stay at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton was a delight. I loved the newly renovated property, especially all of the small details. Along with being such a beautiful property, the location, service, and food were also on-point. I would happily live there if the opportunity presented itself. Wink. Without a doubt, I can easily recommend the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton!

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During my first visit to San Jose, Costa Rica I had a stay at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton. Whether you're interested in exploring the city or going outside to see the beautiful nature this country has to offer, Gran Hotel Costa Rica is a great…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.3
Value - 8.9
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 9.8
Service - 8.5

9.1

Great!

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hotel

2nd Avenue between streets 1 3
San Jose, CR

Phone: +506-2-1039000

 


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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Center of San Jose Blog Central America Costa Rica Hotels San Jose

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