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“Very nice hotel, possibly the best value in San Jose”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Balmoral Hotel

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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Very nice hotel, possibly the best value in San Jose”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

If you prefer authentic, traditional local charm over the multinational formula driven hotel chains, this is the place. Thoroughly clean with plenty of polished wood furniture and floors. The hotel restaurant is stylish with open patio doors and outdoor seating just above a lively retail district - and great food.

Staff and security are excellent. Unfortunately a driver dispatched by the hotel failed to connect with my colleague who arrived before me. Although I had prepaid the room, he ended up spending the evening at another hotel. When we returned to San Jose for our return flight after ten days and informed them about the incident, Shirley at the front desk was totally accommodating and offered a free upgrade to a superior room. I really didn't have much of a case, but good customer service was consistent with all the staff that we encountered.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed at the Balmoral in January 2013. We arrived late at night from the airport by taxi. The hotel is good value. The staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast is particularly good and was included in the cost of the room. When we left, we walked across town to catch the bus to Liberia.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

after getting into Costa Rica a day early, and a scheduling error with another hotel (mostly my fault), I asked the Taxi driver to get me to a hotel close to the other one as out would only be for one evening. They charged me $150 on a $75/night room. I think the Yahoo driver got a kick back as I noticed hook sticking around longer than he needed to and even after I paid. Seemed odd.

Additionally they are not single male friendly, at all!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Champaign, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

Stayed at the Balmoral for two nights. Found the staff to be very accommodating and gracious.

The first room was located in the back of the hotel and was cramped and dark. We requested an upgrade ($10/night) and got a room on the front side overlooking Central Avenue. The street scenes are fun to watch. There was virtually no noise when the windows and curtains were closed.

Breakfast buffet was good with sausage, fruit, breads, and eggs cooked to order.
Location is convenient for downtown business, restaurants, and several great bakeries....

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

The common areas of the hotel were totally lovely! The bar, restaurant, lobby, computer area were beautiful. We booked 2 rooms booked for 2 separate nights as part of a package. The first night we had a standard room which was on the 4th floor. The room was clean and modern and pretty standard. Closet was HUGE! The second night was several nights later. The hotel gave us an upgraded room on the 2nd floor. It was absolutely lovely! Being our first time in San Jose the streets en route to the hotel were a little iffy looking but having a secure parking area with a 24 hour attendant was appreciated.

Room Tip: Would highly recommend asking if a no charge upgrade is available.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Peoria, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

The picture of the hotel does not look anything like what we found at the Balmoral. I would never have found the hotel based on this picture. The room was small and in need of updating. However, it was clean and convenient. the breakfast was very good and plentiful...and did have T V with lots of english channels....Staff was pleasant ...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Middleburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

This our fourth stay, we love it there, the location is great, I love walking the downtown areas, lots to see, the Cafe is great, it faces the street and great to people watch and very close to the casinos, the room was very large, two beds, fridge and WiFi and the use of a computer, the staff has gotten to know us and has always been very friendy, I dont know what else you could want or need. See you guys soon, we plan on staying this time 3 to 4 weeks instead of the two we have been staying. Oh, we always take tours right from there and have also used the bus terminal to travel to the beach and else where.

Room Tip: we like the rooms facing the main street, we love to people watch
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Balmoral Hotel
Address: Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 10110, 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:
#9 Family Hotel in San Jose
#14 Business Hotel in San Jose
#17 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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Balmoral Hotel Costa Rica/San Jose

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