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Balmoral Hotel

#12 of 83 Hotels in San Jose
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Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a pleasant, clean hotel in the middle of San Jose. We just stayed here for one night before embarking on our driving tour of Costa Rica. Nice rooms, good service. But driving in San Jose is a nightmare.

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review. Happy you had a pleasant experience with us. Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation. Best regards, Alessandra More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The only think I have to say they gave us a room where the noise was very high, delicious breakfast and right in downtown area. I recommend it but remember if you want to rest at night ask for a silenced air conditioner , many good restaurants around the area

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Sorry you had a problem with the ac. Our rooms which face Avenida central are sound proofed and the one's that face the courtyard are quite pleasant as well. I wish you had mentioned the problem at reception. Glad you enjoyed your breakfast and that you recommend us. Best regards, Alessandra More 

North Yorkshire, UK
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35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended for being a friendly hotel with good staff who make you feel genuinely welcome. The cheapest rooms have frosted glass windows with no outside view but the rooms are well equipped, reasonably sized, better equipped than average and very clean. Food is good. Usefully they store luggage free of charge if you are venturing to the Atlantic coast by... More 

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

We very much appreciate your kind remarks. Hope you will visit us again soon. Best regards, Alessandra More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent two nights at either end of our trip at the Balmoral Hotel. The rooms were lovely and spacious. The staff we kind and attentive. The location is such fun! And the food was delicious. A great way to experience San Jose.

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hosting you soon again. Best regards, Alessandra More 

Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beds are like rollout beds. Very uncomfortable! Their is very little hot water and on one day there was none. Asked to speak with manger on several occasion, but never got a return call. Very over priced for the services offered. Will not stay here again.

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South Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel is conveniently located on central avenida (walking street) in the best area for everything close by or by bus/taxi. This is a business type hotel so if you're looking for a guest friendly/joiner hotel, this hotel is not for you. If, however, you want a quiet, clean and professionally staffed hotel I recommend the Balmoral. My room was... More 

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for recommending us as a hotel and restaurant. Your views are of great help in order for us to improve. We do hope you will return soon. Take good care, Alessandra More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed one night before traveling through Costa Rica. The room at time of booking was €92 at time of booking. Find price / value relationship important. Had two Queen-sized beds. Room was spacious, at the back, with a view of the air shaft. But it was quiet. An important factor after a couple of noisy nights in Panama City. Room... More 

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you had a pleasant stay. Your input is very important to us. Take good care, Alessandra More 

Helsinki
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

I stayed two nights in Balmoral in june. The hotel is not western type 4 stars but great in costa rican standard. The service of the reception was super helpfull and the breakfast was nice: both costa rican and western options. The room was clean and quiet eventhought the hotel is located at the main street. The airport pick-up worked... More 

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Very much appreciate your review. Happy we met your expectations and that you had a pleasant stay with us. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Best regards, Alessandra More 

rickroc1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Front desk people were very helpful in answers to questions and booking tours . Especially Christopher. Room was a bit small but very clean , had a safe . Great breakfast included in rates . On a pedestrian street .Thanks

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you! It is delightful to hear your comments and learn you had a good experience with our staff members. Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to hosting you soon. Best regards, Alessandra More 

Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The staff were very helpful and friendly. They made sure we were happy with our room. The breakfast was really good too! Our room though was close to the elevator and it got noisy at one point which did not last too long so it was okay. Also we did not have a window so it would have been a... More 

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Very appreciative of your kind review. We are happy we exceeded your expectations and that you had a pleasant experience with us. We look forward to hosting you soon. Take good care, Alessandra More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Balmoral Hotel

Address: Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: $84 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balmoral Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 113
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Also Known As:
Balmoral Hotel San Jose
Balmoral Hotel Costa Rica/San Jose
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in San Jose
#14 Business Hotel in San Jose
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
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