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Balmoral Hotel

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Overview of Balmoral Hotel

Balmoral Hotel

3.5-star property
Art Deco hotel with restaurant, connected to a shopping center, near Morazan Park

8,0/10 Very good

1 010 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
Central Ave, between 7th and 9th St, San José, San Jose, 3344-1000

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Carmen
  • Sabana Park - 15 min drive
  • National Stadium of Costa Rica - 24 min drive
  • Multiplaza Mall Escazu - 24 min drive

Getting around

  • San José (SYQ-Tobías Bolaños Intl.) - 30 min drive
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 39 min drive
  • San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station - 7 min walk
  • San Jose Atlantic Station - 10 min walk
  • San Jose Fercori Station - 11 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Restaurante Ave 2 - 2 min walk
  • ChuBBs - 3 min walk
  • Alma de Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Tenedor Argentino - 3 min walk
  • Wong's - 4 min walk

About this property

Balmoral Hotel

Balmoral Hotel offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 34.00 per vehicle one-way. Guests can visit the 24-hour fitness center for a workout or grab a bite to eat at EL PATIO DEL BALMORAL, which serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and central location.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 119 rooms
  • Arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - anytime
  • Express check-out available
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18


  • Children (7 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding, but may not be eligible for free breakfast


  • Pets allowed*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply*
  • Pets must be supervised


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free secured, covered onsite valet parking
  • Onsite parking limited


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free local cuisine breakfast each morning 6:30 AM–11:00 AM
  • 2 coffee shops
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (limited hours)

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Children's menu

What to do

  • Shopping
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Rafting nearby

Working away

  • 24-hour business center
  • 7 meeting rooms
  • Computer station
  • Conference center (5909 square feet of space)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Umbrellas


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1955
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Designer stores on site


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Wheelchairs available on site
  • Closed captioned TV
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Stair-free path to entrance


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Premium bedding

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom (not in room)
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • LED light bulbs

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.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 34.00 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 6)
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Airport shuttle service for children costs USD 11.00 (one-way)


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pet deposit: USD 100 per stay
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 15 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system on site.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Balmoral Hotel
Balmoral Hotel San Jose
Balmoral San Jose
Hotel Balmoral
Balmoral Hotel Hotel
Balmoral Hotel San José
Balmoral Hotel Hotel San José

Frequently asked questions

Does Balmoral Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Balmoral Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Balmoral Hotel?
As of 31 January 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Balmoral Hotel on 03 March 2023 start from R1 974, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Balmoral Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 15 per pet, per night, and there's also a deposit of USD 100 per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, there's free valet parking. Parking spots may be limited.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 34.00 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Balmoral Hotel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is noon. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at Balmoral Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as rafting and practice your swing at the nearby golf course. Additional recreation nearby includes casino gaming and ecotours. Balmoral Hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center.
Are there restaurants at or near Balmoral Hotel?
Yes, EL PATIO DEL BALMORAL offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include ChuBBs (3-min walk), Alma de Cafe (3-min walk), and Tenedor Argentino (3-min walk).
What's the area around Balmoral Hotel like?
Balmoral Hotel is in Carmen, a short 7-minute walk from San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station and 3 minutes' walk from Morazan Park. Travelers say the area is central and good for shopping.



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10/10 Exceptional

Great Location
Property was in a great location. Staff were very friendly and attentive
Terry A, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Inga, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Ann, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Krysti, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Good Value in Downtown San Jose
Friendly and attentive staff, decent free breakfast, and close to the Teatro Nacional (that has a wonderful cafe), the city center, and the mercado central. We enjoyed our stay.
Liezl, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Lovely Stay
I had a lovely stay at the Balmoral Hotel. It was conveniently located, & the room was spacious, reasonably priced, clean, & comfortable. The staff was very nice, friendly, kind, & helpful.
Margaret, 4-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Do NOT STAY HERE!!! Unless you love traffic, small beds, uncomfortable beds, rude front desk, and the worst hotel restaurant ever! The only good thing about this place is the shopping in the downtown area but even that is a stretch. Pay a little more and stay somewhere else. Youll thank me later.
Ivan, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Steven, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Very nice customer service Representatives. Room very nice and clean. Spacious and comfy bed. Close to stores and China Town. Overall a great stay and would definitely recommend the Balmoral Hotel in San Jose to everyone! 👍
Olga, 1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

DO Not hiret The hotel taxi
The stay was good, the bad thing for my safety, I hired a taxi service directly with the hotel, the taxi driver left me in another hotel. fatal error I did not know the place and I was alone when I went to the reception and I showed and reservation number they told me the name of the hotel and it was not my hotel,I trust the taxi driver is supposed to be someone you trust from the hotel but NO. my recommendation use Uber and it is much cheaper and safe
ZULEYKA T, 3-night business trip
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