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Balmoral Hotel

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#10 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
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11/06/2017 12/06/2017
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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 5 July 2016

We spent two nights at either end of our trip at the Balmoral Hotel. The rooms were lovely and spacious. The staff we kind and attentive. The location is such fun! And the food was delicious. A great way to experience San Jose.

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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 enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hosting you soon again. Best regards, Alessandra

Texas
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The beds are like rollout beds. Very uncomfortable! Their is very little hot water and on one day there was none. Asked to speak with manger on several occasion, but never got a return call. Very over priced for the services offered. Will not stay here again.

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South Florida, Florida
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

The hotel is conveniently located on central avenida (walking street) in the best area for everything close by or by bus/taxi. This is a business type hotel so if you're looking for a guest friendly/joiner hotel, this hotel is not for you. If, however, you want a quiet, clean and professionally staffed hotel I recommend the Balmoral. My room was...

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

Thank you for recommending us as a hotel and restaurant. Your views are of great help in order for us to improve. We do hope you will return soon. Take good care, Alessandra

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Stayed one night before traveling through Costa Rica. The room at time of booking was €92 at time of booking. Find price / value relationship important. Had two Queen-sized beds. Room was spacious, at the back, with a view of the air shaft. But it was quiet. An important factor after a couple of noisy nights in Panama City. Room...

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you had a pleasant stay. Your input is very important to us. Take good care, Alessandra

Helsinki
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

I stayed two nights in Balmoral in june. The hotel is not western type 4 stars but great in costa rican standard. The service of the reception was super helpfull and the breakfast was nice: both costa rican and western options. The room was clean and quiet eventhought the hotel is located at the main street. The airport pick-up worked...

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

Very much appreciate your review. Happy we met your expectations and that you had a pleasant stay with us. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Best regards, Alessandra

rickroc1
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Front desk people were very helpful in answers to questions and booking tours . Especially Christopher. Room was a bit small but very clean , had a safe . Great breakfast included in rates . On a pedestrian street .Thanks

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

Thank you! It is delightful to hear your comments and learn you had a good experience with our staff members. Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to hosting you soon. Best regards, Alessandra

Jupiter, Florida
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The staff were very helpful and friendly. They made sure we were happy with our room. The breakfast was really good too! Our room though was close to the elevator and it got noisy at one point which did not last too long so it was okay. Also we did not have a window so it would have been a...

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Very appreciative of your kind review. We are happy we exceeded your expectations and that you had a pleasant experience with us. We look forward to hosting you soon. Take good care, Alessandra

Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Neat and clean. Some rooms dated but had essentials. Nothing fancy. Not many in-room amenities but we didn't need them. Within walking distance of the Marketplace and town square with National Museum. Recommended for experiencing the culture of the town. Very friendly service. Restaurant food good. Used small conference room upstairs but bar had live music - very loud and...

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

We apologize for the loud and disruptive music and that nothing was done. I will look into it and see what went wrong. I am glad your overall experience was satisfactory. We do hope you give us a second chance to amend the wrongs. Best regards, Alessandra

Punta Gorda, Florida
Reviewed 28 May 2016

Really great hotel close to and within walking distance to everything in downtown San Jose. Loved the street musicians. I can't say enough about the staff at the hotel. They were wonderful, cheerful, helpful. Whatever you needed they were there for you. Great breakfast. I was there 3 nights. Only one night, the man in the next room was noisy....

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Overjoyed with your kind review of our hotel. Thank you so much it means a lot to us. We hope you will visit us soon. Best regards, Alessandra

Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff, nice rooms. Great breakfast buffet (love the Gallo Pinto!), delicious Costa Rican coffee and typical meals. The hotel is very close to the National Theatre and other parks, museums, theatres and stores.

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Thank you for the kind review we are delighted to learn we exceed your expectations. We look forward to hosting you soon. Take good care, 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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  • Breakfast included
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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 

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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: $111 - $177 (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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