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.
- 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