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“A comfortable, welcoming hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Balmoral Hotel

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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
NYC area
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A comfortable, welcoming hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

We stayed at the Balmoral as part of a Gate 1 tour. The hotel is everything you could want, with crisp sheets and fluffy down comforters, a great shower, lovely appointments, wi-fi in the rooms, and a great breakfast buffet. It also has a garage for guests, which was convenient since we had a rental car. The hotel is set in a lively pedestrian area with nearby museums. The only minus: we had hoped to find an authentic "tico" eatery in the neighborhood, but no one could direct us to one; we only saw fast food joints and pastry/coffee shops. It was raining, so we ate in the hotel restaurant, which was good -- but not what we were looking for.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

perfect location to access whatever you may be planning.
nice size rooms with good shower pressure. Very clean. Staff very accommodating.
excellent coffee in the room and a wonderful breakfast that could satisfy any taste from tropical fruit to omelets made to order. Very convenient to have the pub and restaurant on premises.
The nicest handbags we saw were sold in the hotel boutique -- I would highly recommend the Balmoral.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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NYC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

You could hardly find better value in central San Jose than the Balmoral. As others have reported, it's got great location. It's also got helpful and responsive staff (although reception seemed perpetually understaffed, especially at key moments), rooms that are obviously cared for and a solid pub and restaurant. The breakfasts really were as solid as described. I also like that the hotel is committed to sustainable practices and has 3 (out of 5) leaves from Costa Rica's Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program.

One con: I don't know what the street-side rooms are like, but the window in mine basically looked right out at other hotel windows. That's the way it goes with city living.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Kiryat Tivon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Centrally located , next to a pedestrian mall, museums and shops.
Clean , nicely designed comfortable rooms. Helpful staff at the reception desk.
Breakfast was good, although I don't understand why a cappuccino is extra ...
I definitely recommend staying at the Balmoral if you want to be in the center of San Jose.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Excellent location, right on the Avenida Central. Quiet area at nights, and safe. Wi-fi is accessible from anywhere in the hotl. Great beds and nice, warm showers. The breakfast is great and food choices are wide. Service is top niotch, as to be expected in Costa Rica, which always proves their "Pura Vida" message and vibe. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

excellent location in downtown of san jose right in the middle of all shops, close to parks etc. very friendly staff, clean and big rooms, tasty breakfast, good restaurant for lunch or dinner, we had to leave at 3 am to airport, hotel - taxi was on time and breakfast to take out ready at recepcion. 100% recomendable

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Great location right in the middle of San Jose, great price and big room! couldn't ask for more. It was half price when I booked which helped ~ $59, for which I had the smallest room. But it was plenty big enough for me.

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Additional Information about Balmoral Hotel

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 San Jose
Balmoral Hotel Costa Rica/San Jose

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