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Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hubby and I were about to start an 8 day Tour of Costa Rica and decided to arrive one day early to explore around San Jose before our Tour started. I booked Balmoral for just one night. We booked through Booking.com and got a really decent price compared to the price they had on their website. I don't know if...

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Two-night stay was pleasant, nice staff and clean.Great buffet breakfast and wi-fi included. Even though the hotel is downtown San Jose we could still hear the howler monkeys! Well priced, when we return this would be our hotel stay.

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Reston, Virginia
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Couldn't beat the price for a nice hotel downtown. Was able to walk to the museums and the market. I stayed in a single plus room- Room was very nice, bathroom was very clean and updated- only recommendation would be a more comfortable bed. I just took taxis but the hotel does provide transportation to and from the airport for...

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

You have no idea how happy it makes us when we read a comment like yours. It means the world that you would want to stay with us again. Thank you for your kind review. Very glad you took advantage of our privilege location and that you enjoyed your complimentary breakfasts. We look forward to hosting you again! Best regards,...

Fort Myers, Florida
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel is so well located in the heart of San Jose just blocks from the National Museum, the Jade Museum, the Gold Museum and more. It's bar and restaurant offer a wide selection is on the pedestrian mall. The bar is one story up open the the bustling crowds and shops below. The breakfast buffet is quite large with...

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fine, with TV and modern, ample tile shower. Good sized closet with louver doors in case you need a couple of more hours of drying laundry. They have through-block drive so taxis can pull out of traffic to drop you off and pick you up. Relaxed and convenient.

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Very grateful for your comments. Glad that you enjoyed and appreciated your stay with us. We look forward to hosting you soon. Best regards, Alessandra

Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is on the corner of 2 roads. One is an extremely busy pedestrian-only road, the other one is a one way street that was under construction when we arrived (finished since). The room's window had a view of a ventilation shaft. Our sixth floor room featured 3 (?) single beds, all hard as bricks. The bedding WAS clean,...

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Dear guest, I am sorry you didn't appreciate your stay. I wish you had spoken to reception and had moved to a different room. We have seven different categories of rooms all of which feature different amenities, different sizes, different views, some include balconies overlooking beautiful landscapes. We try to fit every budget and every need. The pedestrian only road...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rooms in this hotel are dirty with large gaps under the doors. You can hear others in their rooms and hallway. There was NO hot water and they were sorry about that. The breakfast and coffee were both good.

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Alessandra G, Guest Relations Manager at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Glad you posted your review. I am not sure what room you stayed in but we are characterized by our cleanliness and attention to detail. About the hot water in some rooms you do have to wait a bit longer for the hot water to arrive but of course there is hot water. We wouldn't have so many happy clients....

Hercules, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rooms were clean and nice. Unfortunately there was construction in front which made getting there by car or uber a pain. Also construction on windows right outside of our room kept us away during the day on our day or arrival after an all night flight. Front desk staff were absolutely great and restaurant was also reasonable and nice.

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Alessandra G, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for understanding the inconveniences due to proyects to improve the quality of the hotel. Thank you for your review. We are glad that overall you had a nice experience in our hotel and restaurant. We hope to host you in your next trip to San José. Best regards, Alessandra

Marlton, New Jersey
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice hotel. My room was clean and a good size. The wi-fi works very well and the front desk is helpful and friendly. They will help you arrange tours and also transportation to and from the airport. The on site restaurant is pretty decent as well. There is an all you can eat breakfast starting at 6am....

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Alessandra G, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Balmoral Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience at our hotel. We hope to host you in your next visit to San José. Best regards, Alessandra

Mattoon, Illinois
Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms were spacious, clean and well kept. We ate at the restaurant for dinner and the food was very good . Breakfast was excellent. The staff were very helpful. I would definitely stay there again.

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It makes us very happy to learn your experience both in the hotel and the restaurant exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your kind review. And we do look forward to hosting you again. Best regards, Alessandra

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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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 

Additional Information about Balmoral Hotel

Address: Central Avenue between 7th & 9th Street, San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: €86 - €148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balmoral Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 113
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Also Known As:
Balmoral Hotel San Jose
Balmoral Hotel Costa Rica/San Jose
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in San Jose
#14 Business Hotel in San Jose
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
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“Our room's window faced into a shaft. Small twin beds in a supposedly standard double room. In attentive front desk. ”
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