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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Great hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Freeport, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Turns out San Jose hotels have a very strict guest policy. Which sucks if your traveling with friends looking for a good time. I met a friend in Tamarindo and traveled Costa Rica for a week together prior to reaching San Jose. The Balmoral had a friendly guest policy, was super clean, centrally located near shops, restaurants, had a gym, and a super friendly staff at a GREAT RATE. The hotel was safe and secured at all times of day, and offered everything I needed for my stay in San Jose. I will definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Doesn't have a pool, and I didn't inquire about spa. room service was provided by an ajoini...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

The Neuva Balmoral is a pleasant surprises. Conveniently located in Downtown San Jose is truly a great location and the special reopening price is fantastic which is for 1 year when you register. For the regular visitor on business this is truly the best deal in downtown. The included breakfast is also one of the best. The rest of the meals are priced to be competitive. The meals are generous is portion but more importantly very well prepared and tasty.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Richland, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Just got back from a 9 day trip to Costa Rica. Stayed at the Balmoral Hotel for 2 nights at the beginning of our trip and one night at the end of our trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay both times! Stayed in a regular room the first 2 nights and thought the room rate was very reasonable, especially to be in the heart of downtown. The last night we stayed in a suite and again I thought the room rate was very reasonable. Made the reservations through the hotel's website. Ate at The Patio restaurant for lunch and dinner. Enjoyed the food. Try to sit close to the outside so you can watch the hussle and bussle of the main street (no vehicles other than police cruiser allowed). All the staff we came into contact with we great. The hotel is within walking distance to many attractions, although all our travels this trip were outside the city. I would definitely stay at the Balmoral Hotel again!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Balmoral at the beginning and end of a private tour. I had developed a medical condition during our travels. When informed, the staff at the Balmoral immediately located emergency technicians, who came to our room, did an examination and attempted a treatment. The Balmoral staff stayed with us and provided interpretation, as we are not Spanish speakers. When my condition did not improve, the staff provided information about hospital services, and a person to walk us to a taxi just outside the door, and also facilitated our return. Fortunately, I was successfully treated and able to travel. Upon our return, the staff welcomed us and inquired about my condition and asked if there was anything I needed. We loved the restaurant there--beautiful environment and great Costa Rican and American food. Several beautiful shops, smaller cafes, lots of alcoves to sit in and visit or just read or relax, excellent and friendly staff everywhere. There is obvious security on site, even though this is a relatively safe part of the city. Great centralized location within walking distance of many attractions. Not fancy, but certainly very nice and comfortable. If I go back to San Jose in the future, I will definitely consider staying there again. Felt like home after being there for a week!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

The Balmoral Hotel is located in central San Jose..On Central Ave...Central Ave. is a street that does not allow vehicles..pedestrian traffic only...the rooms are pleasant...with in walking distance of the Butterfly Sanctuary...The Gold Museum...The National Theater..and the central market...the staff ia among the best in San Jose...The Patio restaurant is part of the Balmoral..and has Latino and American cuisine...Would recommend it for anyone..for families it is Ideal..and the free as you like it breakfast is great......

Room Tip: Check with the staff...you may just get an upgrade.....
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Springfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

Nice and comfortable room except every time i wanted to sit back against the wall on my bed, it would slide away a little :) and I had to push the bed back against the wall. Bathroom was clean and OK. Shower space was too little. Breakfast was excellent. Nice buffet. Cook can make on the spot anything you like to eat. Overall it was a great stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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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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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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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