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San Jose

Balmoral Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • On a lively shopping plaza in the historical district, it's a five-minute walk to the National Theatre
  • Complimentary daily buffet breakfast 
  • Live music select days of the week
  • Partake in traditional Costa Rican cuisine at El Patio del Balmoral


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. 

Rooms & Rates

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  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • 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


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: Pets allowed. Pet maximum weight in kg is 5. Pet maximum weight in lb is 11. Maximum number of pets per room 1. Only service animals are allowed. Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions

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:

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


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

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 34.00 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 6)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 11.00 (one-way)
  • Pet fee: USD 10 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Late check-out fee: USD 50 (subject to availability)

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

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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