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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
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Latina, Italia
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5 reviews
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“Perfect place!”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

We found a very good deal. The room were very clean with big shower. The breakfast was very nice, pineapple was unbelievAble!!! This hotel is right in the center...we could have a walk in the boulevard!

I really suggest this place

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Last month I was planning a trip to San Jose for my fiance and I. I originally made reservations with Balmoral hotel. I then looked further into it and realized that according to the US Embassy, this hotel is not an approved hotel, meaning that they do not meet the standard in one facet or another for the US government to insure safe effective travel stay for US members. When I found this out i asked to cancel my reservation, which they did with no problem. Here is the problem: that was a month ago, and I have written a dozen emails to three different managerial members at this hotel with no resolution as of now. I received two email responses telling me they are working on it. I have yet to hear from the member within their financial department. Im sure its a decent hotel, however just hope you dont have any issues involving money...

On another note, the Double tree, closer to the airport was amazing.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

This is a good hotel in downtown San Jose. It is right on the pedestrian street in the center of town. It has a good bar and restaurant (somewhat pricey). Breakfast was very good. People are friendly.

Room Tip: Rooms all seem very large; an upper floor would be less noisy
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Clean, nice rooms, very good, central location. Reasonable price. Perfect for business, families, and tourists. Most convenient to roam in the colorful and vivid streets of the city.
The restaurant is excellent and has a tropical charme.
With one exception, all staff is very nice and most helpful (every good hotel needs a black sheep :-)
Breakfast is only up to 9AM all days. Not a drawback for tourists exploring the country, but a must know on a rainy relaxing morning.
Unfortunately, there was construction ongoing with lots of noise, even on weekends.
Not recommended for ambitious singles.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Really enjoyed my stay at the Balmoral. Firstly, the staff is friendly and extremely helpful. The superior room was spacious, very clean and well appointed. No view to speak of from my room, but even with the hotel right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of San Jose, it was quiet and secure. The breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant was fantastic. Dinner at the restaurant was delicious and affordable. The location allowed me to walk to parks, the national theatre, museums, the post office and a couple of casinos all right off of a central pedestrian way that was lined with shops and eateries.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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ames, IA
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

The only negative is that you have to run the water for a long time until you get hot water and for me, that seemed wasteful. rooms were clean and spacious, close to shopping, museums, and restaurants. breakfast was great. also there was construction nearby.. we did find that nerve wracking if you wanted to sleep in late.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Hightstown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Stayed here before and will stay here again, staff very friendly and helpful with any needs you might have, they will go out of their way to help you, location is good, clean rooms, food is great, breakfast buffet yummy, you can't go wrong.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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