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 2876 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Hotel Barcelo

    This was one of the best hotel I stayed, from the driver who pick me up at the airport, room service, the food, the staff, the facilities, gym. Overall is place was just the best. I enjoyed my self. I wouldn’t say anywhere else but at Barceló San Jose.

    Mar 29, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    I was in SJ for a dental procedure and the hostess at the breakfast service went out of her way to make sure I had something I was able to eat. I enjoyed the fact that you had a real workout area. I have another procedure and I am looking forward to my next stay in SJ.

    Mar 26, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Unpleasant experience

    Front desk personnel is not able to address issues. Only Front Desk manager involvement resolved our request, delayed checked in after already tiresome day. Quality of good and choices at the dinner buffet do not worth the price. Although, Restaurant Manager did his very best trying to accommodate our needs. Transfer from the hotel to the airport was good and easy. Overall not the best stay

    Mar 25, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Barcelo San Jose

    The hotel grounds are quite nice. Most of the service personnel were freindly and helpful. The price of our hotel was very reasonable. Great effort was put into presentation of food but the quality and taste of food just didn't meet my standards, The fish and steak were overcooked. The vegatbles were over seasoned. I did enjoy the breakfast, The fresh fruit was my favorite. It was frustrating to have to go doen to the front desk to request for towels and then to wait 30 minutes or longer for towels to arrive at the room. Same for room service. There was no one to answer the phones it seems.

    Mar 22, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Pleasant surprise

    We came here as part of a Caravan tour. We had no idea what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was good. The grounds are beautiful. The staff was great, and the front desk people spoke good English and were very helpful. Even the weather was nice, cooler than we expected with a nice breeze. The only thing we weren't crazy about was that is is difficult to go anywhere by foot off the hotel property, as there are basically no sidewalks and busy streets.

    Mar 18, 2024
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