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“Balmoral” 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 #20 of 87 Hotels in San Jose
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Jackson, Mississippi
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Balmoral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I loved the location downtown central, next to walking mall and so many other things within walking distance. Restaurant street side was also a winner. The rooms were rather ordinary but still OK. The front desk personnel were informative and helpful. Speaking fluent English was very helpful.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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Warsaw, Poland
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Nice and clean with delicious breakfeast, recomended for visit in the city, big nice rooms with all you need, in the town center on the main walkway and parking included, restaurant in the hotel was very nice and they had delicious coffee

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Right on the main pedestrian walkway. The staff was great and had all the amenities a small family needed. Enjoy the restaurant and shops and visit all the main attractions San Jose has to offer. No regrets with my stay there.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wildwood
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you ever go to San Jose, Costa Rica, this is the place to stay. Great accommodation: The rooms are great with all the comfort you need. Excellent location: In the heart of the city. Great food and drinks and the staff is very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Sacramento, California
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5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Liked the location. If you want to be in downtown San Jose, it was nice to be on a pedestrian walk way.
Windows opened up to a light wall - but it was super grimy and dirty. My son didn't mind it.
Nice staff.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family

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Middleburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have stayed at the Balmoral many times, we love it, its close to the casino and many other points of interest. I love to walk the streets and taste the local foods and mingle among the locals. The hotel offers a nice selection of tours, the rooms are large and clean, the service exceptional and the staff friendly. The area has plenty of security, both in the hotel and outside, I feel safe. The restaurant may be a little pricey, buts its good and plentiful, me and my husband always share a plate and of course their complimentary breakfast is wonderful. I cant say anything bad about this hotel, we love it, we will be going back for 2 1/2 weeks for the Christmas holidays, cant wait, many times its what we make it and we love the sights and sounds of San Jose.

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  • Stayed August 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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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Right on avenida central, in the center of everything. Can walk to any place if interest. Service was exceptional. Can't say anything bad about it.
Restaurant a little pricy but the pizza was excellent.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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:
#8 Family Hotel in San Jose
#11 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balmoral Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 113
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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