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Balmoral Hotel

Avenida Central Entre Calle 7 Y 9, San Jose 10104 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 19/11/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 19/11/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#27 of 97 hotels in San Jose
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Secured parking
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Erika W wrote a review 17 Jan
London, United Kingdom9 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at this hotel and it's ok for a three star. Our room on the third floor was clean with two massive beds and good hot shower and toilet. I mention this because shower pressure and toilet flushes are a liiiittle on the weak side in Costa Rica. We had wifi on the third floor as opposed to our friends on the second. The breakfast is pretty good and, different from stated on the menu, you do get both a hot drink AND o juice. The hotel restaurant had a decent crooner type live act on the Fri, good if you want some music with your dinner. The area feels quite different in the day to in the eve and the hotel could do with putting a sign up to just where the entrance is. We walked around the block a couple of times to find it and then somebody driving in let us and another couple in. San Jose is interesting to walk around, grubby areas giving way to prettier ones but always interesting. We didn't have much time but like to recommend the Museum of Modern Art, Otoya Cafe (also a hotel) and Cafe Rojo for stops. As with everywhere: Walk around, take it all in, make the best of it. We loved everywhere in Costa Rica. Well, maybe not San Marcos, that WAS a dump.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Third floor has wifi!
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Owe wrote a review Dec 2021
Dublin, Ireland136 contributions65 helpful votes
I am not a fan of this place, but if you want to spend a night in San Jose, its fine. the hotel in the main pedestrian area of San Jose, but it is completley gated so very hard to find the entrance. Luckily a friendly street cleaner pointed me to the gate of the carpark to the side of the hotel where the entrance is. If the hotel is reading this might be worth putting up a sigh saying Entrance! The room was fine, very small window so I did feel a bit closed in. I also booked airport transfer and that was seamless.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Jackie G wrote a review Oct 2021
San Diego, California11 contributions1 helpful vote
Trying to find this hotel was a nightmare! The sign is invisible. In the add they say free parking. I was expecting a garage like most hotels. After the fourth time around the block my husband sees the locked gate and sign. The street was dark and scary! The area not great from what I could see. Stayed there since all reviews said good area. NOT! The room was ok but I would not recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Tarazu.D.House wrote a review Oct 2021
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Ok so this place used to be a flagship hotel in the city centre of San Jose, but it is nothing like it now. It is old. and the shops and restuarants that they advertise in their lobby are closed. The breakfast they offer as inclusive in the room price is an insult and the waiters are a lucky lottery. Some are great, others are useless. But the breakfast is a joke - you get a small cup of coffee with old milk, of which half ends up in the coffee saucer or on the table. The eggs, if you order any, come fried to death on a plate without anything on it - no salad, no bread, no sauce. Just two sad eggs friend to death on a plate. Wow I mean, I get it, it is COVID pandemic and we all must look after our money - but please do not overdo it. If you advertise it as a room with breakfast, then give a breakfast. Aparently, the breakfast includes only one drink - half a cup of coffee or an orange juice, not both. Considering that both are poor quality, why not be providing both? Won't cost you much more than you provide now. Really sad. A/C in rooms is not working properly, as the rooms are hot and humid and have no fresh air at all. It is a strange hotel with a strange odd vibe ! On a good note - the staff at the reception and concierge are great, and stick to the good old values of true excellence in hospitality.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Go to a better hotel on the same road for the same price. This is overrated and offer insulting...
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jcll93 wrote a review Jul 2021
Kearny, New Jersey256 contributions25 helpful votes
This hotel is located at the start of the pedestrian street and two blocks away from national museum so its as safe as you will get in SJ. it is a safe street, actually this is the street to stay in if you want to get out of hotel and walk, its the safest part of town, many people, places to eat and cops. Costa Rica is a beautiful country but SJ is not a beautiful city, pretty much everything there is to see is on that street or a black from it, so it is what it is, reason why tourist come and stay one night and head home, if you do this I recommend this hotel, if you have a higher budget there is one on that same area, I am glad I didnt stay two blocks away from this street. Covid restrictions made it that by 7pm things start to close and by 9pm its empty. The Hotel is clean, the staff is super friendly, the stores in first floor at mostly closed because of covid sadly, rooms are small but clean and comfortable beds. has safe parking for your car. I was suppose to stay one night but my flight was cancelled, asked if they could give me another night at same price, not only that but he gave me that room at a 40% discount or larger room at same price, you dont see that often knowing I was happy with same price. So if you go to SJ and want to walk around town, I recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: standard rooms dont have a window with view.
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US$66 - US$136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balmoral Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Balmoral Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Carpe Chepe (0.5 km), Galeria Namu (0.3 km), and Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Balmoral Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Balmoral Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Balmoral Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Balmoral Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Tenedor Argentino, and La Esquina de Buenos Aires.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Balmoral Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Balmoral Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Balmoral Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Does Balmoral Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Balmoral Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.