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“San Jose's heart” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #19 of 85 hotels in San Jose
SAN DIEGO
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“San Jose's heart”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is clean with a good restaurant. It is off Central, which is truly blocks from the Nat'l Theatre, mercado, modern art museum etc. & plenty of local restaurants. The area becomes dicey after 9pm.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 July 18, 2013

This is where we stayed at the start and the end of our journey, in total three nights. It is situated right in the heart of San José, with friendly staff, restaurant, internet connections, possibilty to print out documents. A great breakfast buffet, with a chef ready to serve you your choice of brekfast meal.

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

After traveling around Costa Rica for a couple of months, the Balmoral was where I stayed overnight prior to and upon returning from Tortuguero. I found the accommodations to be extremely welcoming and comfortable. The bed was big and plush with lots of pillows, a thick heavy comforter and crisp clean sheets. The room was very spacious and clean. On both occasions I did see one cockroach. No big deal. You will see and have to deal with a lot more than that if you spend any amount of time in the tropics. Over all the room was excellent. The restaurant downstairs has an amazing menu for people with all sorts of appetites. The continental breakfast is a huge spread of food with fresh fruits, cereal, toast and pastries, gallo pinto, potatoes, sausage, pancakes and eggs/omelets cooked to order. Coffee, tea, juice, milk. Anything you could ask for. Excellent.
The location of the Balmoral is perfect for travelers who like to be in the heart of a bustling city atmosphere. It is right on the Avenida Central which is a walking only street full of shops and restaurants and tons of activity. It's a lot of fun. The hotel is in walking distance of one of the biggest bus terminals in Costa Rica if traveling by bus is part of the travel experience. There are also taxis on every corner.
The Balmoral was a wonderful retreat for me. I enjoyed my stay there and would recommend it. I will probably stay there again when I return to Costa Rica next year. Very comfy!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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.

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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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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
#12 Business Hotel in San Jose
#16 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balmoral Hotel 3.5*
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

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