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Balmoral Hotel

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
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Ranked #20 of 85 hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed here one night after arriving in San Jose. Hotel is close to airport but also central to shopping and the Gold Museum. My room was clean, spacious with television and wi-fi. Walls somewhat thin to block out noise. Breakfast and lunch were enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff at the Balmoral are friendly and do a very good job at the lobby. The rooms are clean with comfortable beds. Realy, you are in Costa Rica why stay in the room. There is a musuem 2 blocks up the road and if you are so interested there are a couple bars around the corner In the Patio... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It they know your needs, the better the service. Spend time at the front desk to tell them, and ask for reminders. This is for example if you are waiting for a car rental, and are eating breakfast in the Patio. They can go to the restaurant if they knew you were there.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Balmoral Hotel at the end of our journey through Costa Rica. The hotel was very modern, the rooms were nice and clean. There was in room wireless internet, TV, and hot showers. Our standard rooms was perfectly spacious enough for our one night stay. If we had wanted to be in San Jose longer, I would... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hotel manager charges $36 an occurrence as an extra fee. Why are they so selective? It is not worth the extra money. There are other options lodging options with taxi fares as affordable as they are.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel was excellent. Upon our arrival they gave us an upgrade. Our room was on the second floor overlooking the pedestrian street below. The room was probably the nicest of the trip, very modern and clean. The only downside was the Lady peddling on the corner that wailed all day long on the corner outside. My lack of Spanish... More

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at this hotel for five nights. The room was on the smaller side, but since I was traveling alone, it was spacious enough for my needs. The furniture and décor were all outdated but clean and serviceable. The bathroom and shower was very small and cramped. The bed was comfortable. The room was very clean and the maids... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving through the older, not so appealing & almost shady part of San Jose, I was starting to regret booking my stay at the Balmoral. I felt scared to stay in this area because it was congested with so many people and traffic. I chose this hotel originally solely on price and location near the SJO airport because our flight... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This part of San Jose felt dirty. The hotel is old, but they have updated all of the common areas (lobby and plaza level with shops). Rooms were very clean, but old. Opened closet door and they smelled horrible. Not sure how to avoid in the damp weather? Old tubs, sinks, and faucets, but they get the job done. Glass... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Another beautiful stay at the Balmoral. great location. A+ Breakfast. Very nice and clean room with very hot shower. The hotel staff are excellent. a great team of workers. I cant wait to return to the Balmoral in October.

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Address: Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balmoral Hotel 3.5*
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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#7 Family Hotel in San Jose #10 Business Hotel in San Jose #15 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
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The Hotel Full of Life, Where Everything is Within Reach! The Balmoral is a lively, full service, landmark hotel located on the famous Central Avenue in the historical and vibrant heart of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica and only 10 miles away from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). The Balmoral is ideal for both leisure and business travelers. Within walking distance of the hotel, you will find San Jose's main art, cultural, financial, government and historical landmarks, as well as some of city's best entertainment, shopping, and healthcare facilities. From the hotel, you can also take a wide variety of one-day tours to discover Costa Rica's natural beauties. ... more   less 
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