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Balmoral Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #15 of 86 hotels in San Jose
Central America
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“FANNNNNNNNTASTIC!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is one fabulous hotel, excellent location, great staff, and at the heart of everything. I have stayed there on many occasions, the location to the many attractions within a few blocks of the hotel are a real plus. To have a snack, a full dinner, or just a drink, The Patio, a great place. The complimentary breakfast is not a doughnut and coffee, but a full as you like it breakfast. Definitely recommend it to anyone, including families.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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43 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stayed at this hotel on our return trip to San Jose for one night. The best thing is the hotel location-it’s right on the busy Avenida Centrale yet we didn't find it noisy in our room. The room was clean with a comfortable bed but the furnishing is a bit dated. The bathroom though clean could use some upgrade. The hotel provided free wi-fi, free breakfast and a safety box in the room.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I have stayed at the hotel Balmoral for the last three years with a small group of students and parents. Our service at the Balmoral has been of the highest quality. The front desk, the maids , the the rooms have all been excellent. I have traveled for 35 years and will not stay where the hotel will not accommodate our groups. The breakfast buffet that comes with the room has everything you might want in a breakfast including omelets, fresh fruit etc. The hotel is in the Center of town near all the historic sites of San Jose. The security of the hotel is also excellent with security as all the entrances .The hotel has wifi as well for your constant communication abilities that we use in todays society. The hotel is within walking distance of any city site you may want to visit. You are near by restaurants, fast food(American) of all types. The hotel is located on walking avenue so you see a lot vibrancy of those who live in the city. The hotel has family suites with two bathroom living room area , two bedrooms. I would recommend Hotel Balmoral for those in want to spend some time in San Jose either for work or a home base as you visit other areas of Costa Rica. Be aware that downtown San Jose is crowded with people and traffic and yet the hotel seems to shield this all very well. You will enjoy the Balmoral and especially its fine service to those who stay there.

Room Tip: The exterior room are a bit bigger than the standard double but are on the street and a bit more no...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

hotel is great and very good location within walking distance of the downtown area and employees are very friendly and helpful the food is good at their restaurant prices are a little high but is worth it

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I stayed here for about a week as part of an international internship with the university I am attending. We were upgraded to a Deluxe room for free and it was very nice. On the first night the room keys did not work but they fixed the issue very quickly. They do have a free breakfast buffet every morning that is good and includes fruit, eggs, pancakes, potatoes, rice and beans, sausage, various breads, juice, water, and coffee. The hotel restaurant is slightly pricey but the food is good. The only major complaint I have is with the internet. It is slow and sometimes it does not work at all but other times it works okay. The fitness center was decent and had a good view of the city. Overall, I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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cape coral
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

My husband and I spent one night in San Jose so basically needed somewhere to sleep but wanted to be within walking distance of the downtown area. This hotel was great in that respect. Had dinner in one of the restaurants which was crowded due to Costa Rica vs Mexico soccer game, but overall good service and food. Breakfast buffet was included with room and had a good selection of food. Staff was very helpful and friendly!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is a great hotel, right in the middle of San Jose. You are walking distance from the most important plazas in San Jose, so it is great for sighseeing without the need of taking a taxi.

Good rooms, comfortable beds, and top notch service from all the staff. The food in the restaurant was a bit pricey, but there are restaurants and cafeterias all around. I would recommend Balmoral, hands down.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Balmoral Hotel

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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in San Jose
#8 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Balmoral Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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

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