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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 November 2013

This hotel is right in the heart of the downtown San Jose area but is really nice. The downtown area is really cool and different than american cities but it is really dirty, so it was super cool to have such a nice hotel right in the middle of it all. The restaurant is a bit pricey but the food is really good. We really loved staying at The Balmoral and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located at the heart of the city, making it ideal for visiting San Jose. The rooms are spacious and clean. The breakfast is served in the restaurant which looks really nice. Would recommend this hotel to everyone. Big plus; Wifi was very fast and available in our room

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 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, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 November 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, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 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, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 November 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.

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Reviewed 31 October 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, travelled on business
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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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in San Jose
#14 Business Hotel in San Jose
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: £57 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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