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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I've been visiting Costa Rica for about ten years and stayed at the Balmoral Hotel several times. The redecorated rooms are much nicer than before.If you want to stay downtown,the Balmoral is where I recommend.I am returning to Costa Rica in the fall and I will be staying there again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Front desk personal very friendly and willing to help you and speak English. Only problem is they charge for guess $39.00/person even you book for double room. Breakfast was OK. But Restaurant very very exp

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We arrived in San Jose two days before joining a group tour. Hotel Balmoral was a perfect location to walk to many interesting spots. We walked to Mercado central one day and had lunch there. We attended a piano concert by child prodigy Cynthia Soto at the nearby Teatro Nacional. We talked to a few people on the streets and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stayed two nights in this centrally located hotel. The staff was great, the breakfast buffet was wonderful with a great variety. We took a side trip that required us to leave our luggage at the Balmoral for two nights. We then returned for one night and were treated to a room upgrade. The staff was very helpful, spoke great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Great hotel. Superb location and best value for money. Secure parking. Friendly staff. Good breakfast and restaurant / bar. I suggest booking interior rooms to avoid pedestrian main street noise with an irritating flute vendor directly below who almost drove me nuts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Nice, very clean. Beds very comfortable. Location is in inner city pretty convenient to all. Good restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Google it to check it out. Pretty interior atrium restaurant. Dinner was a little rough. Definitely NOT Cuban sandwich! Wifi was free an excellent.

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We are just back from two weeks in Costa Rica and we had a wonderful time at some truly wonderful locations. I'm sorry to say that this was where we spent our last night before we caught our flight back north, because unfortunately, it was quite a disappointing experience. We are used to being in upscale spots and although we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

If you have to go into the city of San Jose, Costa Rica, the place to stay is Hotel Balmoral. It has friendly staff and sufficient security. A buffet breakfast was included with the room. The meal consisted of numerous fresh fruits and other breakfast items. These very good accommodations were convenient to both the Gold Museum and the National... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Arriving late at night by taxi and finding everything downtown gated and shuttered I was concerned for what I was about to experience. Inside, the Balmoral is a recently remodeled, modern hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful (adjectives that can be used for Costa Ricans in general). Our room faced the street. The original balcony was enclosed in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We were dropped off at the Balmoral Hotel by our transport and the staff were very welcoming and helpful in helping us get settled in our room (we had some door and safety deposit box issues that had to be tended to). The staff at the Balmoral were helpful in making restaurant recommendations and we enjoyed our short time there.... More 

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