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Hotel overview

Situated in vibrant San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and in the quiet residential area of Uruca, sits the Barceló San José. This recently renovated hotel offers 254 spacious and comfortable rooms, three restaurants, a bar with live music, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness area, wonderful views of the city and mountains, and more. For those seeking a more elevated experience, our Premium Level accommodations offer private check-in, our best rooms with the best views, priority restaurant reservations, personalized concierge service, and more. This hotel serves as a convenient base for exploring San José including La Sabana Metropolitan Park or national museum of Costa Rica, or venturing further to the country’s sandy beaches and lush tropical rainforests. Business travelers can take advantage of up to 17 fully equipped meeting rooms and a convention center with a 1,100 person capacity. Live up to more at Barceló San José.


San Jose
Liberia, Costa Rica - Liberia (LIR)
San Jose, Costa Rica - Juan Santamaria Internation : 15 miles

Property information

Year Built: 1990
All rooms non-smoking: 254
Floors: 8
Total rooms: 254


Hotel details


Dining options are available for this property.
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Hotel advisories

Advisory *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
Advisory *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.

General policies & fine print

Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - 
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a Spring Break-free environment.

General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Service Charges - Maid: per room, per night, payable directly to the hotel.
Bellman: per person, per stay, payable directly to the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.0 2781 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice hotel

    Very nice hotel at very good price. Conveniently located not far from the airport and connecting to highways to go any direction. Breakfast offer is very generous, a lot of different options, delicious options actually!

    Aug 24, 2023
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Decent hotel, but HORRIBLE concierge

    Terrible customer service and no care for guests. We booked an airport shuttle with reception and she confirmed. The next day they told us there was no shuttle coming for us and rather than apologizing and ordering a taxi for us, we had to pay for a taxi ourselves and were almost late for our flight because of the hotel’s lack of communication and attention to detail. When we informed a receptionist about other problems with our stay, he didn’t acknowledge them at all. This left a bad taste in our mouth and ended our honeymoon on a very stressful note. Do not stay here if you expect quality service.

    Aug 20, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great price...nice stay..nice people

    A very welcoming property From the moment you arrive Front desk,bellmen,et al.nice Size room with big bathroom Very comfortable bed.furniture Was ok and carpet could changed but all in all a nice stay. Will do it again.Bkfst buffet Was ok and staff very nice.airport Shuttle excellent at 4:00 AM .no extra charge.Grounds are Beautiful with gardens foliage Beautiful pool although we did not use.Good security.only Drawback no local shops to walk to.no big deal.we go annually for Dental tourism...Prisma Dental. Excellent..10 minute taxi ride

    Aug 10, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    The finest hotel I’ve ever had the privilege to visit. Beautiful structure, and the stay makes it even more stunning. High quality accommodations and services. Rooms were clean, very comfortable and amazing staff.

    Aug 08, 2023
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The worst hotel in entire Barcelo group!

    The most terrible experience with this hotel. This place is a shame for the whole Barcelo group! Booked this place in advance, paid upfront and upon arrival was told that hotel overbooked and there was no room for me.. No manager on site, huge line of people trying to check-in and one and the only receptionist in the whole hotel failed to provide any kind of help, while being negligent and unprofessional. Great job barcelo San Jose... ruined the whole impression and reputation of entire Barcelo group(((

    Aug 08, 2023