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1 room, 2 adults

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

3.5-star3.5 stars
Great for families

Good to know

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Theme park(s) nearby
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Free WiFi
Central Ave, between 7th and 9th St, San Jose, San Jose, 3344-1000, Costa Rica

Art Deco hotel with restaurant, connected to a shopping center, near Gold Museum (Museo de Oro)
  • Free local cuisine breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
  • Great for families

    Good to know

    • Free cribs/infant beds
    • Theme park(s) nearby
    • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
    • Free WiFi
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Great location
Tasty breakfast

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

from $108 CAD
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Room
  • Deluxe Room, City View
  • Standard Room (Plus)
  • Superior Plus
  • Deluxe Plus
  • Junior Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Family Room

What’s around Balmoral Hotel, San Jose


  • Heart of San Jose
  • National Park - 6 min walk
  • Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) - 2 min walk
  • Jade Museum - 3 min walk
  • National Theater - 4 min walk
  • National Museum of Costa Rica - 5 min walk
  • National Center of Art and Culture - 6 min walk
  • Plaza de la Democracia - 7 min walk

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 21 min drive
  • San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.) - 30 min drive
  • San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station - 7 min walk
  • San Jose Atlantic Station - 11 min walk
  • San Jose Fercori Station - 11 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 112 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets allowed *

  • Specific rooms only *

  • 1 per room (up to 11 lbs)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free valet parking (limited)


  • Area shuttle *

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free local cuisine breakfast daily
  • 2 coffee shops/cafés
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
Working away
  • Business center
  • Number of meeting rooms - 7
  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) - 5909
  • Conference space size (meters) - 549
  • Conference center
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Hair salon
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1955
  • Elevator
  • ATM/banking
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Down comforter
  • Premium bedding
Freshen up
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 32-inch LCD TV
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


EL PATIO DEL BALMORAL - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose’s small print

Also known as

  • Balmoral Hotel
  • Balmoral Hotel San Jose
  • Balmoral San Jose
  • Hotel Balmoral
  • Balmoral Hotel Hotel
  • Balmoral Hotel San Jose
  • Balmoral Hotel Hotel San Jose


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

The property affirms that it adheres to the Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) sanitization guidelines.

For transfers, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 30.00 (subject to availability)

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 50 (subject to availability)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per pet, per night

Service animals exempt from fees

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 34.00 per vehicle (one-way, Maximum occupancy 6)

Airport shuttle service for children costs USD 11.00 (one-way)

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

  • Are pets allowed at Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes, pets are welcome, with a limit of 1 per room and maximum weight of 11 lbs per pet. There's a charge of USD 10 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
  • Is parking offered at Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes, there's free self and valet parking. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 34.00 per vehicle one-way.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Balmoral Hotel?
    You can check in from 2:00 PM to anytime. There's a charge of USD 30.00 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is noon. Late check-out is available for a charge of USD 50 (subject to availability).
  • What is there to do near Balmoral Hotel?
    Recommended spots to visit include Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) (2-min walk) and Jade Museum (3-min walk), along with National Theater (4-min walk) and National Museum of Costa Rica (5-min walk).
  • Are there restaurants at or near Balmoral Hotel?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves international cuisine.

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 373 reviews

Very Good 8.0
Noisy in the day but good
People outside making a lot.of noise but other than that it was good.
Sivas, ca1 night trip with friends
Good 6.0
Bad customer service
Although the hotel was clean and the room was nice. We received poor customer service and little help figuring out transportation. I put in a request to be on a high floor, far from the elevator, received a confirmation for my request but we were placed on the 2nd floor right by the elevator. The staff wasn't very helpful to English speakers.
ca2 night trip with friends
Very Good 8.0
Perfect location to tour downtown San Jose
We stayed two nights at the Balmoral upon arriving in Costa Rica. The hotel is well located for walking around the downtown and seeing the main tourist sites. The room was comfortable and clean. We overlooked the pedestrian street, which can be noisy with vendors, but by closing the door to the balcony it shut out the noise. We had drinks at the restaurant connected to the hotel, but we found the service to be very slow and inefficient. The buffet breakfast in the morning was good and quick, since it was self serve. The only minor glitch we had was trying to find the entrance to the hotel. Since there are no street addresses, our GPS took us to the corner of Avenida Central and Calle 9. However Avenida Central becomes a pedestrian street at this point and you can’t see the sign for the hotel. After leaving my husband in the car, I ran down the street and found the hotel lobby, which is on the second floor, and got directions on how to access the parking garage (which is off Calle 7). We were happy that parking was provided for free in a secure area adjacent to the lobby. A simple solution would be for the hotel website to provide detailed driving directions on how to find the entrance to the garage.
Karen, ca2 night romance trip
Good 6.0
keep Looking
We landed at 9:30pm and it took almost 2 hrs to get out of airport. We were told that we would have a pick up at airport. They didn't show up!!! Called the hotel several times,, No answer? We took a Cab and when we arrived 2 people behind the desk said they new nothing about picking us up?! The room was very small, had no water pressure, and one window looking at water pipes. The noice starts very early with the thin walls.
larry, ca1 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Great hotel right in the middle of everything.
Great hotel close to everything. We had a suite with a balcony overlooking the street. Great restaurant area and awesome breakfast buffet. Staff fluent in English and were very helpful with taxi's and such. We were just a couple blocks from the great Xmas parade, It was a pleasant surprise. This was one of only a few hotels that will provide a third bed in the room.
David, ca2 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
A layover in downtown San Jose
A very nice hotel in the center of the action aka pedestrian shopping area of downtown. As the hotel fronts on to a pedestrian zone, accessing by car can be tricky as you have to access via a side street which was the only hiccup we had with our stay - service was great as was our room and breakfast was also excellent in accompanying restaurant.
Mike, ca1 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Great stay
The hotel was great...friendly staff, great location, good breakfast. I had chosen the hotel for the location and because listed it had a hotel shuttle. They do not have a shuttle, but arrange a taxi (cost of $30 to the airport).
Donna, ca2 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Great location, so-so hotel
Balmoral is a perfectly-located hotel for all the sites of downtown San Jose. Quite clean and the beds are comfortable, rooms spacious. Front desk was helpful, depending on who was on, but all-in-all, not as aware of North American hospitality standards (eg. "suites" generally only offered 2 bedrooms and no living space; forgot to tell us breakfast went to 11:00 a.m. ONLY on weekends). Maybe this is normal in Central America? Still, hard to understand an "excellent" rating on
Karen, ca4 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Great hotel that is centrally located.
Overall it is a pretty decent hotel that is centrally located. Easy to walk around and get to main tourist attractions. Breakfast and hotel facilities were good. They arranged for a driver to come and pick me up from the airport.
Aleksandra, ca1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Everything was great. Thank you
Araceli Maria Luisa, us2 night trip with friends

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

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