Hotel Overview

2019 Resort Added Values!
Extra Value:
Daily breakfast buffet included.
Family: Kids under 12 Stay Free when sharing existing beds with adults.

This 5-star hotel is situated in an excellent location, just 3 km from Tobias Bola–os airport and the center of San Jose, Costa Rica's capital.

Located in a quiet residential area, only a short distance away from tourist and shopping areas, Barceló San José Palacio provides an amazing panoramic view of the city and mountains. Barceló San José Palacio enjoys the conveniences and services of a first class city hotel, but also a wide variety of leisure activities including a spa, small casino, and sports facilities. 

Activities are never in short supply. Bosque Bar features live music. During the day, guests can partake in sports at the two tennis courts and the gym.


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


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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

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 2414 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A great place to stay in San Jose

    This is a family owned and run Hotel and it is comfortable and very well appointed. It is not the 4 Seasons but a great place at a reasonable price with a tremendous amount of amenities not to mention in the city of San Jose

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    modern facility in San Jose, adequate rooms and restaurents

    as part of Caravan Tours, we stayed 2 nights at Barcelo San Jose. The facility is not new, but well maintained. Restaurants were above avergae, Caravan arrnages buffet for all meals. well stocked and variety for all requirements. Fitness Center is older equipment, well used, and not the cleanest. Something that is unique, is the request to NOT place any toilet paper in the toilet. That means, after a bowel movement- paper is placed in a wate basket. Odd, by my standards. Pool area and bar is very nice, pleasant views from rooms, but hotel is in a residential section of San Jose.

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Book the Premium Level!

    We stayed two nights last February and could not have been happier with our selection of a Premium Level Superior room. The room was spacious and the king-size bed was super comfortable. Premium Level gives you access to snacks & drinks, including beer & wine, at the lounges on floors 5 & 6, from 8am to 10pm. The staff at Barcelo is excellent. In particular, our Front Desk Concierge, NIcky, was incredibly helpful. Prior to going, I emailed the resort to ask if they do anything special for customers who are celebrating birthdays during their stay. I wanted to surprise my wife with something special while we were there. I got a reply stating they could deliver a cake to the room. I replied stating it would be much appreciated if that could be arranged and got a response stating it would be done. Around 8pm on my wife's birthday, on our way to the jacuzzi, i asked Nicky about the cake. Nicky informed me if it was not already delivered, it was missed as the kitchen was now closed. Disappointed by this, we went and enjoyed a soak for half an hour, then on our way back to our room, Nicky stopped us and told us he had arranged a special dinner for us! We went back to our room, got dressed then met Nicky in the lobby where he took us to the buffet restaurant for a late dinner complete with a bottle of a nice local red wine. Needless to say my wife and I were ecstatic with the awesome hospitality shown by Nicky! Our stay included a buffet breakfast which was fantastic - lots of selection, including eggs made fresh while you wait. The only drawback with our room was the noise coming from the highway. I would hope that when they replace the windows they might invest in windows that dampen outside sounds on the Premium Levels. I had requested a mountainside room but none were available when we checked in and there was not much point in switching rooms for 1 night. Thankfully we had earplugs. Noise is an issue at most resorts so it is not a factor in my rating so much as a heads up. The Barcelo is a great place to stay while in San Jose!

    Jan 13, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    My overall experience staying in Barcelo San Jose was the greatest experience ever in my whole life. Great customer service and hospitality. A memorable stay a great experience. I will go back to stay with them again.

    Jan 13, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice sleeping comfort

    Nice rooms with good quality beds! Service in the reception very good. But the breakfast boxes we got when we left at 03:00 in the morning was not so good. Sandwiches to dry and no juice or water that they said it would be..

    Jan 12, 2020

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