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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #11 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Perry, OH
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

Stayed there on two different occasions for same trip. Both times, rooms were nice, clean and comfortable. Great location for shopping and restaurants. Staff was very friendly on both occasions. Great breakfasts!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

We stayed at Balmoral for our last night in Costa Rica before flying home. We arrived at the hotel at noon because of our transfer, but they had no problem letting us in the room. In fact they upgrade us to a superior room from a standard. It had 2 very comfortable queen size bed in a good sized room with a mini bar. The shower was nice and hot and had lot of water pressure. I really liked the new laminate floor. We didn't hear any noise from outside. The staff spoke good English and were very friendly and helpful. They printed out our boarding passes for the next day's flight, arranged for a packed breakfast (since our flight was too early for us to eat the breakfast there) and even agreed to send our postcards for us. We just had to pay for the postage. They made everything easy, which I really appreciated since I was not feeling well.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Arrived late in San Jose and got to the Hotel. Front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was large and very comfortable. The bed was exceptional. The wake up call was very friendly and they also called to say my taxi had arrived. Did not get a chance for the breakfast but will next time. See you in September.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax, Canada
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64 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

What I liked about it:
- Friendly staff (front desk, maids we even had an issue with the safe and staff was there to help right away).
- Directly on the pedestrian street, in the middle of it all.
- Awesome hot breakfast (made to order omelets, sausages etc.).

What I didn't like:
- Construction in the back from 7AM to 7PM. If you are looking to sleep in don't stay here (or stay in the front facing the street.

Overall the hotel is very basic but for the price it did the trick! I would stay again if I went back to San Jose for sure!

Room Tip: Choose a room in the front of the hotel due to construction in the back.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

the best hotel in san jose.the service and location both very good.the front desk people were the best front desk people i ever dealt with in costa rica.the breakfast in the morning was very good.the gym had all new equipment all the hotel was always clean.the have excellent security.and the even have a huge indoor parking garage

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ashdod, Israel
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Though located in a non attractive city, this place is quite nice and very much affordable. The staff were responsive and welcoming, and the room was nice, clean and spacious. It had all the facilities we needed (mini bar, safe). Breakfast was really nice, and all this for a very reasonable price, right in the city center. Would definitely recommend it!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Jose
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed at Balmoral in December 2013 the last night of our Costa Rica trip before returning to the states. I wish we had stayed here longer. The amenities were great. We stayed at 3 other hotels as we travelled through the country, but Balmoral was by far the best. The resort is very clean and modern. We didn't eat any meals, but we did have a few drinks in the bar. Balmoral will definately be at the top of my list should I return again to Costa Rica.

Room Tip: My only regret is that we didn't stay long enough to enjoy the amenities.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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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