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Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

3.5-star3.5 stars
Great for familiesThis property has good facilities for families.
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 buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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From 1,763 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Great location
Fantastic service
Tasty breakfast

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

from $106 CAD
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Room
  • Deluxe Room, City View
  • Standard Room (Plus)
  • Superior Plus
  • Deluxe Plus

What’s around Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) (1-minute walk)
  • National Theater (2-minute walk)
  • Jade Museum (3-minute walk)
  • National Center of Art and Culture (3-minute walk)
  • Plaza de la Democracia (3-minute walk)
  • National Museum of Costa Rica (4-minute walk)
  • Parque Nacional (5-minute walk)
  • Mercado Central (7-minute walk)
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden (7-minute walk)
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art (25-minute walk)

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 21 min drive
  • San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.) - 26 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 starts at 2 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-in/out
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 deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID 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 buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference space size (feet) - 5909
  • Conference space size (meters) - 549
  • 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
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
  • 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.

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

Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

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

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 30 per vehicle (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.

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Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 378 reviews

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

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose

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