Stayed at Balmoral the 8th and 9th of December. Check in was easy and quick, and the desk staff were helpful and friendly. Stay in the family room, which was spacious and well equipped. The beds are very hard. The suite had 2 bedrooms with king sized beds, two bathrooms, a living area with TV and little bitty coffee maker. There is a small safe for valuables. Internet is available in the lobby area. They have a little balcony with a street view, but, beware. The view is very limited to the immediate location. No room for a sitting space, no chairs or table for a morning coffee. You are not likely to get a panoramic view of the city in this hotel. Still, this is a nice hotel for relaxing and regrouping while exploring downtown.
The hotel is located on the paseo, just a block from the cultural plaza. This is in the heart of the city. It is easy walking distance to El Mercado, National Theater, banks, embassies, museums. It's all right there. The street life is amazing. The paseo and cultural plaza fill up quickly every day. The action begins at sunrise, and continues until past midnight. Their restaurant provides very good food, but he service is exceptionally slow. Prices have risen appreciably since our last visit, and the food is good. The hotel as a whole has improved in appearance, and a lot of work has gone in to upkeep. The food quality may be somewhat inferior to that of just a couple of years ago. I will say that the breakfast buffet is excellent, and that they provide a very good morning meal for guests.
The street life has suffered in the past few years. More beggars, more persistant. I appreciate the presence of La Policia on every corner. In several visits to downtown, I have never felt unsafe or uncomfortable. But the general feel on the street is going down hill. But, I concede, this is not the fault of Balmoral nor their responsibility. Just be careful when venturing very far away from the Hotel. Stick to the paseo from Balmoral to El Mercado.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Balmoral Hotel San Jose
- Balmoral Hotel Costa Rica/San Jose