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Balmoral Hotel

#20 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
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Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lawton, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed 5 days in San Jose and used Balmoral as our "home base". During the day we would venture out to different locations and come back in the evenings for dinner and to sleep. Balmoral staff were very helpful and friendly. Balmoral is centrally located and many of the museums/attractions in downtown San Jose are within walking distance. The... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After 2 weeks touring the country we spent the last night in San Jose for a early morning flight back to the USA - we stayed here one night. The hotel is right in the heart of the city, it has a great restaurant downstairs and opens into a plaza straight to the stores. We spent the afternoon shopping around... More 

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Westerlo, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very nice hotel in the center of San Jose , close to all points of interest. we stayed there twice : when we arrived in Costa Rica (we arrived late and left early for Tortuguero) we got a rather small room which had everything we needed for a short stay (only sleeping there) and the day before we left Costa... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic and friendly staff, perfect location if you want to be downtown, decent clean rooms, and excellent wifi. We stayed at Balmoral for two nights, to visit San Jose, before renting a car and driving to Arenal. We got the family room, which worked perfectly for us and our two teens. It is has two bedrooms (one with two double... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location, decor, and service! Taxi's aren't as familiar with this place as El Presidente across the street, so just mention them. Newly renovated hotel has very nice facilities, speedy new elevator, and excellent water pressure. Front desk offered excellent service, no matter what we needed- tours, taxis, dinner recs, etc. On-site restaurant is surprisingly good, with pizza, entrees, consado... More 

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Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in the southern Nicoya Peninsula and have stayed in many different hotels in San Jose - hostels, boutique hotels, guest houses, and the fancy American chains - I was totally impressed with the service, the most helpful staff, and the food at the Balmoral. I cannot single out any specific staff member because EVERYONE - room attendants, front... More 

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Hines, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only stayed here one night but we had a great experience. The staff was very helpful with getting us set up with tours and activities. It was a great location to be able to walk around the city and check things out. Our room was clean and comfortable. Not much of a view or window but otherwise, nice.The bar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The staff is the best , Yuli, Sharon at the lobby on days ; Eduard at nights . The breakfast and the restaurant upstairs were real good , Manrique , Mercedes , Yvette and Kimberly were absolutely fantastic .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Spent 4 nights here in San Jose. . Nice hotel and was lucky to get a single room for 95 taxes in on a weekend. . You are right in the centre of a lot of shops and restaurants. Sit out front on the restaurant patio and people watch all day. . I must say that the women of Costa... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The outside is a bit disguised in with all the surrounding buildings. The remodeled rooms are very clean and pretty decent - hardwood floors. Probably one of the better hotels downtown. Breakfast is not bad, but not many options to choose from. Most days I ate breakfast outside of the restaurant. Overall a decent hotel - never any problems when... More 

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