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Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

3.5-star3.5 stars
Central Ave, between 7th and 9th StSan JoseSan Jose3344-1000Costa Rica, (02) 8228 1927

Art Deco hotel with restaurant, near National Theater
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
Very Good8.0
Great location
Fantastic service
Tasty breakfast
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Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

from A$137
  • Standard Room
  • XXX Premier
  • XXX Crown
  • Superior Room
  • Deluxe Room, City View
  • Standard Room (Plus)
  • Superior Plus
  • Deluxe Plus

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. 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 (7 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free valet parking (limited)


  • Area shuttle *

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 7
  • 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/lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
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. Open daily.

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica’s small print

Also known as

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


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.

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

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 hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica


  • Heart of San Jose
  • National Theater - 3 min walk
  • Gold Museum - 5 min walk
  • Jade Museum - 6 min walk
  • National Center of Art and Culture - 6 min walk
  • National Museum - 8 min walk
  • Parque Nacional - 10 min walk
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art - 35 min walk

Getting around

  • San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.) - 20 min drive
  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 22 min drive
  • San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station - 8 min walk
  • San Jose Atlantic Station - 12 min walk
  • San Jose Fercori Station - 13 min walk
  • Free self parking
  • Free valet parking
  • Limited parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 251 reviews

Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica
Very Good8.0
A great place to spend a day or two in Guatemala
The hotel is very well located, the staff are very friendly and helpful, and the corner rooms are spacious. The live entertainment in the restaurant is a must, and the service is excellent while the food is ok.
Dr JM, au1 night romance trip
Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica
Very Good8.0
A great place to she based in San Jose city
Basic room is small but adequate. Service is very good, waiters excellent and location perfect
Dr JM, au1 night romance trip
Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica
Tropical oasis in the middle of the city
It's right in the city and can be a little ugly outside at night with shutters on shop windows, fine during the day though. Inside the hotel is an oasis, the breakfast area was like a tropical jungle. Great place to stay and I would stay again.
Andrew, au1 night business trip
Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica
Very Good8.0
Better than expected
Pleasant staff, clean and tidy. Bed was a little uncomfortable
A Traveller, us1 night trip
Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica
Very Good8.0
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 trip

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Balmoral Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

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