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This is the standard-bearer for luxury boutique hotels in San José. A combination of restoration and expansion has transformed this grand colonial-era mansion into a refined refuge in the center of a busy city and immaculate maintenance ensures it stays that way. For those who can afford to splurge, the signature suite is elegantly decorated to evoke a bygone era, with wood-paneled walls, a carved antique bed, and a private Jacuzzi with views of the city skyline through massive picture windows. But if that’s beyond your budget, there are appealing standard rooms too, with such niceties as wrought-iron bed frames, shiny wood floors, and plush bedding. The restaurant is one of the best in the city and the chic rooftop patio with its two large Jacuzzi spas will almost make you forget you are in bustling San José. A final reason to visit: Your money will help do good work. Owners Eldon and Lori Cook support a range of social and environmental causes.