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 2688 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Excellent place to stay while in San Jose. All the staff members were courteous and attentive.

    Recommended high for its location, view and the professionism that everyone working at the Hotel Barceló provided. Everyone was attentive and courteous. The swimming pool look amazing. Breakfast served a eide variety of foods of which all were excellent.

    Jan 22, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Approved for San Jose stay

    Barcelo San Jose is a good choice for business purpose stays in Costa Rica, close to the Airport and to the main highway, makes you save time and money in transfers and some entertainment options during dinner.

    Jan 20, 2023
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Never Again, a real nightmare

    You travel to relax and you stay in hotels to be treated with a smile and respect and for staff to be able to assist you with your needs, A front desk staff told me to hold on while reading a piece of paper when I just need it to know were is the breakfast restaurant located, he could have stop reading and respond to my need. The time he took by telling me and family to hold on because he was reading…he could just ask me how can I assist you, and his look he gave us with his glasses on was so rude that I was going to put him in his place but I was with my family and didn’t want them to experience more bad experiences so we walked away till we found the restaurant, unbelievable

    Jan 17, 2023
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beware Theft By Employees Ignored by Hotel Managment

    In my 56 years of travelling all over the globe, this is the first hotel i have had money stolen from my personal belongings in my room. To add insult to injury, the hotel management responded with a cavalier attitude basically blaming me for the theft of $460 from my medicine bag, that was tucked away in a drawer when i left the room, Stayed for last 2 nights of my month long trip to Costa Rica before catching flight home. Checked in January 2. On January 3 i left hotel at approximately 930 am. When i returned to my room, my room door was OPEN and a maintenance man was working on a hose outside my room. Not sure why my room was open for this but didn't occur to me at the time. Housekeeping had already cleaned room. My medicine bag was on the counter at that time. A little bit later i noticed some items out of my medicine bag, then was alerted to check the bag and was shocked to find $460 USD i had tucked into the bag, was missing. Immediately went to front desk, they informed me that would check the cameras and key card entries to the room for the time I was not in my room. They informed me i would have a report the next morning. I went to front desk next morning at 7 am. The personnel didn't seem aware of my issue but informed me that the security person that dealt with that wasn't in yet. I was kinda blown off. I had to catch the van to the airport at 8 am. Pretty quickly i received a hotel stay survey and responded with complaint about not receiving a response yet to my issue. The response to the survey was quick, explaining that I had not filled out any report that is necessary to investigate the complaint while at the hotel (none was offered) and blaming me that i should have used the in room safe. Futher apparently any losses are in some type of fine print and not the responsiblity of the hotel. The lack of concern ffrom managment leads one to believe it might be a scheme possibly involving management and employee collusion. Recommendation DO NOT STAY HERE

    Jan 09, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great breakfast

    We had a great stay in this hotel. Staff was helpful and friendly. The pool looked super nice and we saw a gentleman taking good care of it. Breakfast had great costa Rican breakfast. Even when we had a tour pick up at 6.20 they provided some breakfast to take away. The water pressure was excellent in the room. Very clean. Wr had to take a point off because of two things. Unfortunately our room had a single bed and a tiny "queen size" bed. As a couple we had to sleep in two different beds. Also the internet was terrible in the room. The one place to catch up with the family was right at the gate to the street.

    Jan 09, 2023
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air operated by TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. : PC 19-085 & PC 19-117, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 120319