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


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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 2745 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Average hotel for a short stay.

    This was my first trip to Costa Rica. Barcelo was listed as a 5 star. However I felt like alot was missing for me to give them 5 stars. Staff was pleasant. Rooms were clean and beds comfy. Wifi was spotty. Premium service was basic and pastries etc were old. Japanese restaurant's menu was severely lacking. Restaurant Anfora's breakfast selection was the same daily and the food (pancakes/French toast) was again old. Cook to order omelet station was ok but lacked flavor. Bar and grill by the pool was the best of the three options however many of the selections on the menu were not available. Pool and garden was very well maintained. Aside from a pianist playing at night I would have liked to have had more entertainment. Hotel was very quiet. Location was ok, short uber trip into downtown. However, not very accessible by walk in the vicinity of the hotel. Overall I would not book at Hotel Barcelo again.

    May 27, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Loved it here

    Amazing room. Amazing staff. The best buffet ever. Was sad to leave. We loved it here. The bed was amazing and so was the pool and room view. The staff were so nice and helpful. We would stay here again for sure We will recommend this hotel to everyone

    May 27, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice hotel outside of downtown.

    The hotel is located just on the outskirts of downtown and is perfect for piece, quiet and relaxation. The room was very spacious and the amenities were all a big plus. Everything was very clean and housekeeping do an amazing job. The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. I had a courtyard view of lush trees and birds. My daily travel to and from downtown was only five colones each way. The TV channels do offer english speaking stations. The gym has a sauna , whirlpool, and steam room within. Overall, my hotel stay was very good and I hope to visit again soon.

    May 11, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good Tourist Grade Hotel

    We spent 2 nights here as part of our tour package. This is a mid range hotel with good clean comfortable rooms. There is a nice pool area with a bar and snack restaurant. We ate our meals in the buffet restaurant and they were your typical Costa Rica fare. We enjoyed this as were like to experience local foods when we travel. They accept both US and local currency here.

    May 11, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Experience in Costa Rica

    The Bed was Amazing,Slept like a Baby, Amenities were eceptional. Breakfast was very good, excellent service and great ambiance. The Hotel staff was very friendly and courteous. Hotel bar and restaurants are very good.

    May 09, 2023
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