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Barcelo San Jose Palacio

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Our Opinion
Great place to start and end your stay in Costa Rica. The hotel has a cool little casino and an awesome pool! The food is great (especially breakfast) and the main bar is open late with a live band and Soccer every night on the big screen. The staff were great, not everyone speaks english, but then again, it is Central America. Some of the rooms have an awesome view of Chicada, a Volcano close to San Jose. It is only about 10 minutes from the airport and close to downtown San Jose. The hotel has a shuttle to and from the airport and it is 24 hours.

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this landmark hotel is the perfect base from which you can explore bustling San Jose or the many nearby attractions. Located in a quiet residential area, it's equally popular with tourists and business travelers. The handy semi-inclusive package we offer is a great way to stretch your travel dollar, and the buffet restaurant is truly impressive! The small on-site casino, with its uniquely Costa Rican games of chance, spa, and 24-hour room service round out the upscale amenities here.

Location: Hillside, 5 min to downtown San Jose, 15 min from the San Jose airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Sara246810 : London, United Kingdom

The hotel is not in a good location. It is not walking distance to any shops or restaurants. If you ask the hotel for a taxi they can only assist with hotel taxis which are about 3 times the price of local taxis. The free airport shuttle bus does not operate 24 hours a day and was not available at the time my flight arrived. The food served in the bar is average and very expensive.

  • scotbabe : glasgow
Comfortable Hotel

Booked club premium rooms on the 6th Floor. Rooms were clean and spacious.Nice bar with complimentary snacks and drinks. Easy check in and out. Free Airport Shuttle bus available Roughly 15 mins to Airport. Not impressed with the food served in the bar and it's very noisy. Good for overnight stop at beginning or end of holiday.

  • fernandoache : Miramar, Florida
Great services antique installations HORRIBLE FOOD

Wow the people that work there are very nice and helpful but the installations are really in bad shape AND AGAIN AND DO NOT EAT THERE. The food is horrible and extremely expensive. I will say that around that area there are 100 of better hotels

  • doctoranthony : Las Vegas, Nevada

I stayed at Barceló San Jose for three nights. It is way off the beaten path but the building, lobby and room were in excellent shape. The check in was flawless and the front desk person helped me set up the Internet on my computer. The Internet is a little slow but adequate. The room is good. The bathroom was good. There are two restaurants and one poolside grill. The food was average and service was incredibly slow. I mean I sat there for 30 minutes after ordering before my appetizer came. The service in the international restaurant was well below average. The food was average once it came. The waiters were rude. The morning buffet was the same every morning. Nothing was different. The Japanese restaurant was one I ordered room service from and although it was decent the amount of meat provided on the sushi rolls was minimal at best. The fish were about 2 mm in size and about 2 centimeters in length. Clearly, there was a meat shortage. The pool setting was nice and quiet except for nearby traffic. The nicest thing about this hotel was the inexpensive price per night to stay here. However, the worst thing about the place is the location being away from everything and the lack of a good nearby restaurant and the Internet was weak and at times it did not work. Also, there is a cost to use the telephone at all, even for local calls. Also, I wish to mention the daily hammering that went on for many minutes to a few hours off and on. That was annoying and so was the spot light right outside my window, which was used to light up the building at night. Finally, when I was ready to leave the hotel, I asked the bald headed front desk man if he knew whether the volcano nearby was going off or spilling ash recently and he told me to go to Channel 7 on the television and listen to the news reports. I said that is a channel only in Spanish and I do not speak Spanish fluently and he said that was all I could do. Pathetic. I will not stay here again.

  • Johanna M : Toronto, Canada
Oasis in San Jose

Recently stayed at this hotel with my family and loved it. We stayed on the 6 th floor which had premium services- a concierge desk open all day and a lounge with free beverages ( coffee, tea, wine, beer, juices ), breakfast, light lunch and light dinner options throughout the day. Such a treat especially with our kids who seem to always be hungry.Our room was clean and spacious and the shower had excellent water pressure.The staff were very friendly. The hotel grounds were beautiful and the pool was a bit cold but lovely after a hot day. The pool also had hammocks and comfortable lounge chairs. The gym at the hotel was also great with steam room, sauna and hot tub.Can't say enough to recommend this hotel- was a great find and a great price. We would stay again in a heartbeat.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • 254 rooms in one 8-storey building
  • 3 restaurants, including 1 International a la carte restaurant, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • 24 hr room service (fee)
  • 2 bars including Piano bar
  • Alcohol-free bar
  • 2 pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Tennis courts
  • Casino
  • Boutiques
  • Currency exchange
  • Tour desk
  • Gym
  • Steambath
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Beauty salon
  • Massage service (fee)
  • WiFi internet 
  • Car rental
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Medical service (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Mini-bar (fee)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • In-room safe
  • WiFi internet
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Max occupancy 4 persons, no more than 3 adults
Kids Stay Free - Children 12 and under stay free when sharing with 2 adults.

For the Kids - Babysitting services subject to availability (fee).

Bonus - Daily buffet breakfast included.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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    San Jose,Costa Rica

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Barcelo San Jose Palacio
Residencial El Robledal La Uruca, San Jose 458-1150 Costa Rica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.