San Jose, Costa Rica

Balmoral Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • On a lively shopping plaza in the historical district, it's a five-minute walk to the National Theatre
  • Daily buffet breakfast is free, and features local fruits and cooked-to-order eggs
  • Live music on Wednesday and Friday evenings
  • Partake in traditional Costa Rican cuisine at El Patio del Balmoral


Map & Directions

The Balmoral Hotel is 11 miles from Juan Santamaria International Airport, approximately a 30-minute drive. Taxi fare one way is estimated at $24. 

Rooms & Rates

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The Balmoral Hotel is on San Jose’s famous Central Avenue, lined with shopping and bustling with cosmopolitan Costa Rican life. In the city’s historic district, the hotel is a short walk to downtown attractions like the National Theatre and Gold Museum. Most tourists seek overnight stays in San Jose for a rest before traveling to other destinations in Costa Rica, and the Balmoral Hotel is a comfortable stay with convenient amenities for visitors.

Air-conditioned guestrooms have fireplaces and LCD televisions, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi to get in touch with friends and family back home. Rooms vary from a spacious standard room to a suite with separate living room, two televisions and a well-stocked bar. Calls to the US are free from all rooms. The property is smoke free. Daily buffet breakfast is complimentary.

The hotel’s onsite restaurant, El Patio del Balmoral, faces the busy pedestrian boulevard and serves typical Costa Rican dishes, as well as handmade pizza. There’s also a wine shop, café and bar. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, the restaurant features live music. 



  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities Iron available upon request.

  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • Reservations are required for massage services. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Children 7 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • 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.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Early check-in fee: USD 50
  • Late check-out fee: USD 50

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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