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Balmoral Hotel

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glenview, United States
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an oasis to spend some days in the middle of the city and check out the local sites. The only problem we had was that most of the area was closed because of the Easter holiday. Something you may want to check if you are traveling to Costa Rica.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed for 1 night since we weren't planning to spend much time in San Jose. The hotel is in a fairly good location, within walking distance to museums, bars/restaurants, and the National Theater. There is also a small mall on the ground floor, where the hotel restaurant is located. The room was large and clean but pretty barebones. We...

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

Thank you for posting your review. We appreciate your feedback. Best regards, Alessandra

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed here while vacationing in Costa Rica. The staff were helpful, the service was very good, and the room was clean. The location is central for Costa Rica, and allows for an abundance of tours. They have a restaurant, pharmacy, and several other stores. We were on the 2nd floor. While it isn't a place I would stay again,...

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

Thank you for recommending our hotel. Glad to hear your stay was pleasant and that you were able to take care of our prime location. Best regards, Alessandra

Frederick, Maryland
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hotel was in the heart of downtown. It was nice however we had hard time finding garage to the hotel. The room and breakfast were good. I would recommend you to have dinner at the hotel. It was delicious.

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

Thank you for posting your review. We are happy to learn you were satisfied with the hotel and that you fully enjoyed your meal at our restaurant. We look forward to hosting you soon again. Best regards, Alessandra

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

MELONY AND ANDREA were amazing front desk staff . They were very knowledgeable enthusiastic, and helpful. They knew every thing about everything if I had a question. The central location of balmoral is great with plenty of shopping centers.

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

Very grateful for your review. Happy to know the front desk staff was able to help you in everything you needed. We look forward to hosting you soon again. Best regards, Alessandra

Arequipa
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed downtown because it was near were we were picking up and dropping off our rental bikes. Hotel staff was great. they arranged a van to pick us at airport for $50.00 u.s. The hotel has great comp breakfast and the restaurant was good. I noticed a lot of other travelers from other hotels ate at the Balmoral. The...

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

Thank you very much for your post. We are happy to learn you all enjoyed your stay at the hotel and the meals in the restaurant. We look forward to hosting you soon. Best regards, Alessandra

Springfield, Missouri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our room on the 4th floor had a balcony overlooking the main pedestrian street in downtown San Jose. Thankfully the balcony sliding windows and interior door and windows were thermal so when shut they blocked out the noise from below. While somewhat obstructed, we had nice views of the city and surrounding mountains. The room was dated and the bathroom...

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

Thank you for your review. We are in the process of remodeling the whole hotel. Happy you enjoyed the view from your balcony and cleanliness and good working condition of the hotel. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Alessandra

Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Balmoral Hotel is a little unimaginative in its decor but it is clean and comfortable and the location is great - 5 or 10 minutes walk from the jade museum, the nation museum, a craft market and shops.

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

Thank you for posting your review. We are glad you had a good experience with us and took advantage of the great location. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards, Alessanadra

London, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of the Balmoral Hotel was very convenient to the park and market. Staff was very pleasant . The rooms however for the price were just ok. Our room was rather small and there was a light that stayed on most of the night in an area outside of our window. Needless to say the curtains did not obscure...

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

Thank you for your review and observations. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards, Alessandra

Mount Dora, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located downtown San Jose with easy access to restaurants and shops. Front desk staff very helpful and friendly. Room very clean and spacious. Food in the hotel restaurant was very good. Breakfast was included in room rate and was excellent.

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Very grateful for your kind review. Happy you enjoyed your stay and your meals with us. We hope to see you next time you visit San José. Best regards, Alessandra

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • 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: $117 - $175 (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
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#9 Family Hotel in San Jose
#14 Business Hotel in San Jose
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
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“If you are a fan of Kleenex you may want to bring some on your trip as it is not the norm in Costa Rica.”
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“Choose a high floor, $20 one way airport transfer.”
PyxienTX, 26 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Nice room but no view. My room was faced very close to another room window. ”
lkbonheyo, 26 Apr 2017 | Read review
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