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“Just okay”
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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Was okay; nothing more nothing less...
Strange entrance through a parking garage... small reception, rooms without windows but comfortable beds. Not my first choice but the location is perfect! You choose...

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

On 07/04/14 2pm stopped in this hotel to use thier ATM but was told they did not have one, but they had wifi. I sat in the lobby to book a hotel room on internet (possibly this one) when I was rudely asked to get out of lobby. The female clerk on duty (who would not give name) brings male clerk with her and says I need to leave. Needless to say I felt treated as my business was not welcomed therefore I didn't want to stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

I just got back last night from seven nights at the Balmoral hotel and it was everything the four of us needed and more than we expected. The location was the best in downtown San Jose. The food was fresh and fantastic. The employees went out of their way with efficiency and kindness. Great pizza late at night. Safes, refrigerators and wonderful coffee. Thanks so much! Jan

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We had a wonderful time. We could walk to all the shopping and museums. Central Ave is vehicle free so you can wander without fear of cars, etc. the staff was very accommodating and helpful. Most lobby staff was English speaking and some service staff. Very good restaurant and food! The rooms were very clean and modern. Very comfortable!

Room Tip: They did not have a pool. Sorry about the error! They need to have sitting chairs in the room with...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We have stayed at the Balmoral numerous times and we will stay there again. It's right in the heart of downtown and we can walk to everything (Teatro Nacional, Aduana, museums, great restaurants, etc.) The bartender (2nd floor) is excellent. The breakfast is excellent. (The thrift store across the side street is one of my favorites) And I LOVED the comforter and extra pillows and air conditioner.

Room Tip: The more expensive rooms on the front (overlooking the street) are especially nice. I would avoid b...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

I have stayed here 4 or 5 times and have always had a good experience. Rooms are clean and well maintained. Staff is friendly and very helpful. Value is fair to good and location is the best! You can call and make a reservation over the phone if you prefer not to prepay through the website.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Balmoral Hotel is within walking distance of some of the cultural heritage sites of San Jose. I especially like the second floor restaurant where people watching is great. The restaurant looks out on a pedestrian pathway, there are other bars across the street and lots of friendly banter goes on as the night progresses. The drinks are good and the food is very good. For breakfast, the lower level restaurant provided variety and good food. I was on a group trip and thought the the staff and amenities were a good value. Rooms were very clean. My only problem is that I had a room on the interior of the hotel on a night when the hotel had to repair the roof water tank. There was no water after 10:00PM (not a problem) but the construction noises went on all night. The men were shouting at each other and there were loud bangs and crashes as materials were removed and replaced. I should have been moved to a room with no access to the noise.

Room Tip: Find out if the hotel is doing any work and request a room away from the noise.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in San Jose
#14 Business Hotel in San Jose
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: £56 - £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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