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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Not a bad place at all .....”
Reviewed November 18, 2009

Let me first say that this hotel is in a perfect location, you are with-in walking distance of good restaurants, the museums, and the parks. This hotel is located approx one block from the Delray and Key Largo Bar ( for all the guys to have fun ) . The room was clean, no cockroaches as someone else stated. The only minus was if you have an outside room, you can hear all the street traffic. Closing your bathroom door solved that. The front desk staff was ok, the bellmen were awesome, they can get you anything, and I mean anything. The bar staff sucked, which was a disappointment since the bar is beautiful and over looks the main street. I guess thats what you can expect when the tip is included in your bill automatically. The restaurant downstairs looks nice and the breakfast reminds me of a mini vegas buffet. The one thing, and the big thing that will turn me away from this hotel in the future, is that they charge you $22usd per night for an extra guest fee. If it wasnt for this, I would return frequently. If you are going with family, I would reccomend. If your going for "other" reasons, I would stay somewhere else....

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 28, 2009

This is definitely not a fancy hotel. But for sleeping and showering, it's fine. The rooms can use a little updating, but overall it was a nice stay.
We stayed here for one night before continuing our trip through other parts of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

I admit the location is prime. You are in downtown with 2 blocks to you hotels and 2 blocks to your souvenir markets. But yuck, these rooms look like shelters. However, there restaurant is unbelievaling good. So good in fact it was better than Mi Tierra which is a restaurant I was told to check out by the locals. Too bad the locals dont even know how good the food was in this Hotel!!

  • Stayed August 2009, 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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