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“Clean, quiet, recently renovated” 5 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 #15 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Clean, quiet, recently renovated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Excellent hotel in the downtown location. Recently renovated, modern decor, comfortable bed.
We were late for breakfast but they served it to us anyway. Friendly and efficient concierge service, parking inside the "lobby' is a bonus!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple

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Rating summary
  • 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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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I stayed overnight in preparation to fly out early the next AM and to experience San Jose. Our room was modern, clean, spacious and featured lofty, pristine linens. The location is fabulous affording easy access to main downtown attractions. We had dinner in the restaurant and found the food to be generously portioned and wonderfully prepared. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Tinley Park, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Convenient location, it's within walking distance of the central market, Gold museum, National Theater, and a little bit further the National Museum. The front desk is very helpful with giving directions to most of the attractions as well. Rooms were clean and very spacious. I had one day where the hot water was out due to maintenance but other than that I would recommend this Hotel to anyone visiting San Jose.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I stayed for one night prior to leaving Costa Rica. I found the area around the hotel a bit intimidating at night but during the day it is very walkable. The room is large and very clean. I enjoyed watching the superbowl on the flat screen. The breakfast was fabulous with pancakes and eggs cooked to order. There are also shops in the hotel. I would chose this hotel if in San Jose again. I highly recommend walking to the central market just a few blocks away on central avenue. The front desk staff is helpful with calling a taxi and printing airline boarding passes. Great hotel for the price.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Upon arriving in Costa Rica we stayed here for one night. While the hotel is centrally located and the room is clean there was no hot water until the the next morning. I do not recommend this hotel and will be booking elsewhere for our last night in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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North Hollywood, CA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I've stayed in numerous hotels in San Jose and other parts of Costa Rica, but this was my first time staying at the Balmoral, so I didn't know what to expect. It's one of the pricier hotels I've stayed at, but in my opinion, it was well worth what I payed. My room was spacious, well-kept, clean, and very comfortable. I never had problems getting hot water or good water pressure. All of the appliances worked; even the safe was easy to use. Friendly English-speaking staff. Nice restaurant on Avenida Central with a good atmosphere and fun for people watching. The included breakfast was decent, though it's a shame it ends at 9 AM and not 10 AM. This is the best hotel I've stayed at in San Jose for the price, and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We are staying at this hotel at the moment, arriving after 14 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua on our honeymoon. We got these rooms for $112 a night and were excited to find a beautiful room to unwind in the city. What we found was a dated hotel with old couches and disgusting carpets. Stairs that lead to construction zones, noisy traffic and the smell of mold.
The reception girl was smug and curt. The food downstairs was decent but very overpriced.
Nothing authentic, clean, safe feeling or comforting about this place. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND STAY SOMEWHERE ELSE. We are stuck here now for another night and very disheartened.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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
#10 Business Hotel in San Jose
#11 Romantic 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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