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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
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Juneau, Alaska
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“Great Downtown Location, pleasant staff, good food”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

My wife and I stayed here three days, two nights, our first stay in San Jose. The Nuevo Balmoral Hotel (http://www.balmoral.co.cr/) is set right in the center of historic downtown San Jose, an excellent location. From here you can walk to nearby museums, the National Theater, and the wonderful Public Market that occupies an entire city block and was established in the 1880’s. We had a “superior” room, as the Balmoral has a number of room quality levels. Our room was spacious with two double sized beds, a large television, in-room coffee maker, separate sitting area with two chairs and a table, and a fine view outside of the local pedestrian mall. You could sit for hours and watch the local color pass by. The closet was stocked with a dozen hangers and the bathroom was a moderate size with plenty of hot water. All electric outlets are 120 vac and standard American two prongs with a ground. A few more outlets would have been nice for us tech gadget folks, but we always carry an extension cord to help with that. The free Internet WiFi mostly worked well, with no required passwords or logons to deal with. We especially appreciated the in-room safe to store valuables while we were out. Front desk staff and restaurant staff spoke clear English and were all friendly, accommodating and seemed to appreciate our being guests. We chose the room rate with a breakfast and recommend this. The buffet breakfast was replete with a variety of breads, sweetbreads, gallo y pinto (the latin america standard of rice and beans, here in Costa Rica, black beans with nice flavors), fried plantains, pancakes, syrup, potatoes with delicious sweet peppers, most tasty sausages, fruits (especially the papaya), coffee, dry cereals and milk, plus - a chef to do eggs anyway you wish. Makes me hungry remembering all this. Maid service was thorough, and you get real glass glasses to drink from, and ceramic coffee cups. We did eat dinner at the restaurant one night. The menu included local cuisine and a wide variety of international items. The food was good, generous, the wine reasonably priced, and the service pleasant. And, since a Wednesday night, we enjoyed the live music presented by a Mexican style Mariachi Band. Overall, we would certainly stay here again if returning to San Jose. Just as a consideration, San Jose traffic is very impressive, the streets not entirely a grid, and plenty are one-way, therefore driving takes a great deal of patience and local knowledge. So take a taxi from the airport and enjoying looking out the windows as the driver deals with the streets and traffic. With the Balmoral’s location you can then enjoy the walking.

Room Tip: Pay extra for the breakfast, it is quite good, ask for a room facing the pedestrian mall, very enter...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Located downtown San José, Costa Rica. It is surrounded by stores, restaurants, museums, theater, etc. A very strategic location and many things to catch around.
Ideal for business or tourism staying. Food is good however they do not have like a variety for breakfast.
Nevertheless, it is a very nice place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Downtown location with pedestrian mall in front. Staff very helpful (those who spoke English) but overall a good experience. Some shops and restaurant has variety of food. Breakfast included, must love rice.

Room Tip: Inside rooms quieter. But overall large and clean. Bring your own tissues. First time I ever stay...
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Good hotel and location is good for down town, but they charge extra $36.00 for visitors even I pay for double (2 person rate) room rate. It’s very close to Hotel De-Ray. Front desk personal is very help full. They speak good English. Free breakfast was ok. Restaurant food is good bit pricey Good service.

Room Tip: Good hotel and location is good for down town, but they charge extra $36.00 for visitors even I pay...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

If you are staying in the city, Balmoral is a good choice. San Jose is not a particularly inviting place, but the hotel was clean and we felt safe there. The restaurant was great, and we were within walking distance of many shops and stores and some museums. Wear comfortable shoes as the streets and sidewalks in the area very uneven and full of holes and missing pieces. There are a few shops, an ATM, and even a pharmacy within the hotel. The rooms were just okay, not fancy or impressive, but quite clean. We occasionally had trouble obtaining enough towels, but It was not a big problem. The Wifi service was very spotty. The restaurant was the best part---open late and with pleasant and friendly staff.

Room Tip: Few rooms have views to the street, but perhaps that keeps the noise down. The Balmoral is in a bus...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Miami, Florida
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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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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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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.

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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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