$71 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Oct 26, 2014 Check-out: Oct 29, 2014

Balmoral Hotel

3 stars
Central Avenue, between 7th and 9th Street, Downtown, San Jose,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
59 reviews
Great price, great staff, great room, great location, great breakfast

I stayed for one night before my return flight leaving from San Jose. The location is safe for... See full review

  • Chelssly
  • Feb 4, 2014
Perfect location

I love this hotel and its location, we have stayed here for several years, I love to walk, I can... See full review

  • cornie
  • Jan 5, 2014
Simple guest rooms, standard amenities at the heart of downtown San Jose

Located in a historical district in San Jose, the Balmoral Hotel offers simple guest rooms, modern amenities and convenient location near embassies, banks and area attractions like the Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, the National Cathedral and Morazan Park. From the Balmoral Hotel visitors can take day trips outside the city to explore volcanoes, rainforests, and waterfalls. The Balmoral Hotel offers guests a complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi access (fees apply), and a fitness center. Business travelers can find a business center, and the hotel has seven flexible meeting rooms for event groups.

Highlights
  • Great downtown location
  • Some rooms have balconies overlooking Central Avenue
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Wi-Fi access (fees apply)
Rooms

The Balmoral Hotel has 112 newly renovated guest rooms and suites. Some guest rooms have balconies, and the suites have balconies overlooking Central Avenue in downtown San Jose. Guest rooms feature pairs of double beds, while suites have three double beds and separate living rooms. In-room amenities include air conditioning, cable flat-screen televisions, coffee-makers, mini bars, hair-dryers and telephones. Accommodations also feature work desks and Wi-Fi access (fees apply).

Features

Located at the heart of downtown San Jose, the Balmoral Hotel offers great city views and comprehensive amenities well-suited to both business and leisure travelers. The hotel also serves complimentary buffet breakfast daily while the open-air restaurant/bar El Patio del Balmoral offers coffee, drinks, live music, and casual dining on site.

The hotel offers a guest fitness center and a sauna, and business travelers can stay in touch with Wi-Fi access (fees apply) throughout the property. The hotel also has a business center, and event groups can find seven state-of-the-art meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 200 people. Other on-site amenities include parking, laundry services and a 24-hour front desk.

Transportation
  • Coca Cola Bus Station (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (11.6 mi/18.6 km)
Attractions
  • National Theater (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • National Museum (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Simon Bolivar Zoo (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Central Market (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art (2.4 mi/3.9 km)
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens (30.9 mi/49.7 km)
Business
  • 7 flexible meeting spaces
  • Business center
  • Wi-Fi access (fees apply)
Policies and fees

SMOKE FREE POLICY All Rooms and public areas of the Balmoral Hotel are smoke free. We have taken these steps due to a clear and overwhelming demand from our guest for a healthy and smoke free environment.

Smoking will not be permitted in any room and public areas, and a $100 USD cleaning and recovery fee will apply to those guests who decide to smoke inside the rooms

A smoking area it has been created for our guests who do smoke. Please ask at reception for spaces where smoking is allowed.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

9.9338 -84.0754
Area served
This downtown property provides airport shuttle at a small surcharge.
Nearby airports
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO): Approximate driving time is 30 minutes.
Area description
The Hotel Balmoral is located in the pedestrian zone of the Central Avenue in Downtown San Jose.

Recommendations for you

Customers who viewed Balmoral Hotel also booked these hotels.

Reviewer score 4.0 out of 5
Reviewer score 3.6 out of 5
Reviewer score 4.0 out of 5

Balmoral Hotel Rooms

Standard Room
210 square feet rooms with renovated bedding, antiallergenic pillows, minibar, alarm clock, TV with cable, internet, air conditioning, working desk with lamp and city as well of internal views. Bathrooms with permanent hot water, ecological amenities, hairdryer and handicapped rooms.
Includes daily buffet breakfast and parking.
Superior
269 square feet rooms with renovated bedding, antiallergenic pillows, minibar, alarm clock, safe deposit boxes, Flat screen TV with cable, coffee maker, internet, air conditioning, working desk with lamp and city as well of internal views. Newly tiled bathrooms, permanent hot water, hairdryer, soft towels and ecological amenities.
Includes daily buffet breakfast and parking.
Deluxe Room
344 square feet rooms, renovated bedding with antiallergenic pillows, minibar, alarm clock, safe deposit boxes, Flat screen TV with cable, coffee maker, internet, air conditioning, working desk with lamp and city view from its balcony. Newly tiled bathrooms with hot tub, permanent hot water, hairdryer, soft towels and ecological amenities. Includes daily buffet breakfast and parking.
This rooms have balconies overlooking the Central Avenue & some of them with handicapped rooms available.
Suite
From 861 square feet with 2 comfortable rooms, 2 bathrooms and a living room, perfect for families. Renovated bedding with antiallergenic pillows, minibar, alarm clock, safe deposit boxes, Flat screen TV with cable, coffee maker, internet, air conditioning, working desk with lamp and city views. Bathrooms with hot tub, hairdryer, permanent hot water, soft towels and ecological amenities. Includes daily buffet breakfast and parking. renovated bedding with antiallergenic pillows, minibar, alarm clock, safe deposit boxes, Flat screen TV with cable, coffee maker, internet, air conditioning, working desk with lamp and city view from its balcony. Newly tiled bathrooms with hot tub, permanent hot water, hairdryer, soft towels and ecological amenities.
Includes daily buffet breakfast and parking.
Standard Plus
We are pleased to introduce the Standard Plus, a new room category with fine finishes, advanced technology, and relaxing environment while preserving the fine wood furniture carved by the hands of national artisans. Our smoke free Standard Plus Rooms offer 172-247 square feet of convenient and well equipped resting and working space.
Our Standard Plus Rooms offer italian ceramic floor, single or double beds with comfortable mattresses and linens. Our Standard Plus Rooms have private bathrooms with fine finishes with high pressure showers and complimentary toiletries.
All Standard Plus Rooms are air conditioned and are equipped with 27 - 32 LCD TV offering 78 premium international cable TV channels including ESPN, HBO, CNN, History, RAI, TV5, Deutsche Welle, TVE and many others.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Fitness center or spa
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.1 mi
  • National Theater: 0.1 mi
  • Parque Espana: 0.2 mi
  • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.3 mi
  • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.3 mi
  • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.5 mi
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.5 mi
  • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.5 mi
  • El Pueblo: 0.6 mi
  • Museo de los Ninos: 0.6 mi
  • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.6 mi
  • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.9 mi
  • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.3 mi
  • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.1 mi
  • National Theater: 0.1 mi
  • Parque Espana: 0.2 mi
  • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.3 mi
  • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.3 mi
  • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.4 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.5 mi
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.5 mi
  • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.5 mi
  • El Pueblo: 0.6 mi
  • Museo de los Ninos: 0.6 mi
  • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.6 mi
  • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.9 mi
  • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.3 mi
  • Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ): 14.8 mi
  • Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo: 18 mi
  • Chirripo National Park: 50.6 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Hotel Balmoral offers seven ample, versatile and fully equipped meeting rooms ranging from boardrooms to conference facilities.Whether you are planning a social or a business event our excellent service and experienced catering will ensure that your event will be a success.

Dining

El Patio del Balmoral
Is located besides the main lobby of the hotel on the pedestrian boulevard of Central Avenue where you can enjoy a variety of delicious international and typical Costa Rican dishes. The Bar-Restaurant-Cafe El Patio del Balmoral is open from 6:00AM until 11:00PM, Monday to Sunday.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Back to menu Return to top

Guest Reviews (59)

Ratings and reviews for Balmoral Hotel

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
59 out of 59
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4
Value:
3.9

83% would recommend to a friend.

Sort by:
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Stairtower
Business
Florida, USA
Sep 6, 2014

Enjoyed my stay

Nice hotel with fair prices and a fantastic staff. I would recommend a stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Traveling Am
Business
San Jose, Costa Rica
Mar 19, 2014

Great Central Hotel

We had many questions about the area and tours. The hotel staff was great in helping us with everything from booking a shuttle to and from the airport to providing information on places to go in he city and tours to see the surrounding area. We also got a complimentary upgrade to a better room which was greatly appreciated. There is an attached bar and restaurant which were nice for quick and convenient meals. I would recommend the Balmoral to anyone looking for a reasonably priced, nice hotel in the city.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Restaurante del Mar is right around the corner and has great seafood (large portions, very tasty, reasonably priced dishes for the amount of food) and is a fairly romantic setting.

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Marv the Nanny
Business
Port Richey, Florida
Feb 15, 2014

The location was the most outstanding thing about this hotel.

The breakfast was good. The food in the hotel restaurant was expensive, the quality was average. Although the location was great, (it's right on the pedestrian walkway downtown) the street noise was unbelieveable. The staff weren't very helpful when we asked for a taxi they directed us outside to the nearest corner with all our luggage.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

If you go to this hotel don't eat in their restaurant. You can get much better food for 1/2 the price at most of the restaurants along the street & for really tasty, fresh food for lunch go to the Central Market.

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Chelssly
Business
Angola indiana
Feb 4, 2014

Great price, great staff, great room, great location, great breakfast

I stayed for one night before my return flight leaving from San Jose. The location is safe for walking on the pedestrian only street. We explored the area at night and then again in the morning. The breakfast has a great selection from fresh fruit to pancakes!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
First Timer in C. R.
Business
Chicago, IL
Feb 1, 2014

Nice Hotel in Central Location

The hotel was pretty nice for San Jose, and it is really close to the heart of the city. The first floor is really nice, but the rooms could never compete on an international level. Bathroom was extremely outdated. That said, it's not bad for the money where you are.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

If you eat at the attached restaurant, don't trust the servers. I was told tip was not included in the bill, when 10 percent always is. Mediocre service and deception should not equate to a 28 percent tip.

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bruce123
Business
texas
Jan 28, 2014

good location

The hotel located close to central ave and is walk able distance to many attractions.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
cornie
Business
jax, florida
Jan 5, 2014

Perfect location

I love this hotel and its location, we have stayed here for several years, I love to walk, I can walk for miles here and feel safe, lots to see and do for me, we are an older couple and have done all the tours and the beaches, so now we just go to relax, my husband loves the casinos which is less than a block's walk for him, I love to chat up the locals and eat where they eat, this was our third trip in 2013, I have to mention the staff, very very attentive! and nice size and clean rooms, see you soon!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The hotel has an excellent menu, one can sit by the open air windows and enjoy the scenery, plus there are several other options close by, all in all it is a great value!

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
honesttraveler53
Business
New York City
Nov 25, 2013

Risky

We stayed at the hotel two night at the beginning of the trip and one more before leaving Costa Rica. On the first and last day there were no hot water until the morning of the next day. We called the desk and were told this problem is effecting the entire hotel. The Hotel is clean and centrally located but you would be surprised how a lack of a shower can ruin your day. Tip: Find another option in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
D. Lulu
Business
New York City
Jul 1, 2013

Vac getaway

We got there in the wee hours of the night and the staff was hospitable and very helpful. The room was very clean and comfortable. The buffet breakfast was great! And so was the chef, who was very friendly and full of local information. The hotel is located in central downtown near the shopping center, it looks a bit sketchy buts it's not too bad.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Balmoral Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
The Accidental Professor
Business
Columbus, OH
Dec 9, 2012

Bamoral a Hit

A three-star hotel to which I gave a four-star rating because of it location, wonderful staff, dedication security, and cleanliness. I chose the Balmoral over some four-star hotels and was not disappointed. The Balmoral is centrally located on a major pedestrian mall, near all the main parks and tourist sites of the city. The parks and mall where bustling with holiday activity during the month of December, when I visited. This was an excellent buy for a three-star hotel. I will stay there again in March when I return on another business trip..

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The "Argentine restaurant", whose exact name I forget, but which had "Buenos Aires" in the title, was absolutely fabulous. Many of the natives that I spoke with consider it the best restaurant in the city. A small, unpretentious place, it had plenty of atmosphere (photos of Argentine movie idols, athletes, politicians from the past; tango and other Argentine musing playing in the background.) The staff was very well-trained and attentive to the most minute details. The steak dinner I had was comparable, if not superior to, ones I have had the top steak houses in the USA (e.g., Morton's, Cameron Mitchell), at which I would have paid more than twice the price.

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Back to menu Return to top