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“Central Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Balmoral Hotel

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Balmoral Hotel
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
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Pittsford, NY
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“Central Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

As other reviewers have noted, the hotel's location of a pedestrian mall added to its allure. We stayed for one night in mid-December, 2011, and enjoyed looking out our window at the Christmas lights hanging above the street. The Balmoral is also within easy walking distance to shopping and entertainment.
The hotel was being renovated, so the only entrances were through the parking garage or the restaurant. There's nothing fancy about this hotel. It seemed kind of tired, as did the staff, only a couple of whom speak English.
The Patio restaurant was attractive and offered a full, and tasty, breakfast buffet.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front of the hotel to watch the activities on the street below.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

We stayed here in November. We were upgraded at check in and they accommodated us to stay in the same room although our two-night stay was under two different reservations. The location is convenient if you want to walk around and check out the city. The restaurant though is just ok. Room was very clean and nice. Overall, I'd stay there again if I needed to stay downtown San Jose.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

I stayed 16 nights at The Balmoral in San Jose on Central Ave., between 7th and 9th St. This is my first time making a comment on TripAdvisor and I must because I enjoyed staying at the hotel so much. Marianella Rodriguez at reservations, Daniel Sanchez the concierge, Marlen Gouzalez my maid and Roy Hernandez in the restaurant were all patient and all worked very hard to satisfy me. Everyone on the staff was professional at the least, and my interactions with them was wonderful even though I don't speak Spanish. The restaurant has been newly remodeled and perhaps has the best ambiance of any in San Jose. The lunch time crowd is an interesting mix of professional Ticos in suits and hotel guests. There is a pedestrian walk outside the hotel that I enjoyed walking at night and it was totally safe, police were walking the crowd and I never saw a commotion, not even a menacing look. It was a great place to people watch and see Ticos eating ice cream and relaxing in their numerous public squares. I am a business traveler so I am critical, this hotel is tops, I can't wait to take a vacation here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2011

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica, La Ciudad de Pura Vida.

Our airport taxi drove close to Avenida Central, in the vibrant city of San Jose, a pedestrian boulevard packed with adults & children eating, drinking, singing & clapping to a local sing-along band, artists sketching, the night dining scene were lines waiting for seats for restaurants. He pulled into the Hotel Balmoral driveway, young well dressed women were entering the lobby clapping.

A sign on the elevator, "Friday Night Live Band", followed the crowd to a standing room only, hip-swiveling Meringue Band in the Bar. Made our way to El Patio del Balmoral, all the seats were taken, a table for two was created for us next to "The Pizza Maker" & Oven, got a complimentary lesson, while sipping our "Guaro", an unrefined clear liquor made from sugar cane, the shot followed a bite into a fresh lime covered with salt and washed down with pineapple juice, while waitng for our Arroz con Pollo and Shrimp Shish Kebab with gallo pinto & bowls of salsa.

Computers in the hallway are complimentary for guest use, clean and comfortable room, staff spoke very good English and accomodated all our request. Breakfast was scrumptious, cereals & fruit juices, croissants & breads with butter and guava jam. Gallo pinto, their black beans & rice with two fried eggs, hash browns & sausages. Fruit slices of watermelon, pineapple, papaya & cafe-con-leche.

San Jose volando, 'La Guia Urbana" has a San Jose Culture & Entertainment Map featuring cultural spaces, museums, galleries, theatres & stages. Coffee shops, restaurants, bars, nightlife, shops, sites & monuments.
Casa 927, Avenita 11 at Calle 3, a 1940 white Neoclassical house in Barrio Amon, Latin American Artists showcase their Crafts, an Art Gallery & "Cafe El Patio" a 50 seat cafe, serving local cusine and "Coffee Sanchez".

Gran Hotel Costa Rica, 1930 Patrimonio Historico's open air patio serve lunch, a live Pianist played from 12.30 - 2pm. Chef Special Sea Bass & Shrimp in a cream sauce followed by chocolate cake was delightful. Coffee was served at the table in a "Chorreador de Cafe" http://www.chorreador.com very impressed by this presentation, we headed for the Mercado Central to buy two of them.

Galleria Namu, Avenita 7 between Calles 5 & 7 has quality Arts & high-end Indigenous Works from various Tribes & Artisans that are difficult to resist for our home & office. Roadside stalls at every Calle corner are: "A Cornucopia Postcard of Tropical Fruits".

Room Tip: If all the rooms were like mine, you have nothing to worry about.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Skokie, Illinois USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2011

We stayed here November 19th and November 29th -December 2nd. In both instances they gave us an upgraded room. We loved the morning breakfasts !. Made to order omelets, fresh fruit and juice. The dinner menu was also ample and we had two good evening meals .
We had good interaction with the hotel staff. Only disappointment was the two hotel guess PC's didn't always have internet access.
In summary, we really enjoyed our time here and would stay here again.

Room Tip: Any high room
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Balmoral Hotel

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 (per night): $118 - $177
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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