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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Balmoral Hotel San Jose