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Barcelo Langosta Beach
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Tamarindo, Tamarindo 1150, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #13 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Lehighton PA
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a week long vacation in Costa Rica, staying at the Barcelo from Nov. 12 through the 19th. The hotel is very nice and staffs a wonderful group of employees. All were very friendly, always quick to greet you with a warm "hola"! Our rooms were located in the 4000 section, close to the ampitheater and disco. Most evenings we enjoyed the shows and on the evenings we didn't it was very loud in our room. We just turned up the volume on the TV and endured the noise til the show was over. I am sure this could be a problem for some, especially if you liked to go to bed early. The noise from the disco never really bothered us either, however we really didn't appreciate the people that were inconsiderate and partying in the walkways until 2-3 in the morning. I found this to be pretty rude. I am sure alot of people just like us were to get up early to head out to excursions. Made for a long day when you didn't get much sleep the night before. I am all for having a good time but this is one area where I think security should step up and control the noise.

We found the food at the buffet to be very good. Always alot to choose from and fresh. The snack food available at the beach bar was good as well. The fresh fruit was perfect on a hot sunny day.

Our room was very basic, had what we needed and was cleaned every day. I am a big water drinker and the person that serviced the mini bar always left extra water as I asked which was great. We spent very little time in the room.

The pool was great, had no problem finding chairs and a palapa for shade. It did get quite crowed Friday through Sunday when alot of the locals came in to the resort. I was also told that the school year runs from February to November so this would have been break for many people.

If you want to book excursions while at the resort, see Jusy. She was extremely knowledgeable and her recommendations were appreciated. We had a great time ziplining, enjoyed a very nice sunset cruise and tour of the Tamarindo Estuary to see monkeys, birds and crocodiles.

We had a terrific time in Costa Rica and would certainly return, maybe next time visiting the Caribbean side and taking in some other sites. I would return to the Barcelo if I were to come back to this area. We had a very nice time here as the grounds were beautiful, probably one of the prettiest resorts we have been to so far.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms away from the theater if you like quiet evenings. The resort does not give washcloths...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Value
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Lakewood, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

While Tamarindo (a couple miles away) is full of young people, expect a cross between seniors and juniors at this resort. Barcelo is the biggest thing in town, and almost the only thing. There is a grocery store, and a bar (open on football nights), but that's about it. It's a great place to go if you want to get away from it all, but I'd go with a place in Tamarindo if you're the type that likes to get out of your all-inclusive often. The employees are friendly with the exception of the security at the entrances. They seem overly worried about doing their jobs, when they could do their jobs and also be friendly.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

After booking our trip but before we went to Costa Rica I looked at the tripadvisor reviews but didn't see much to sway my opinion.

We came from Toronto, Canada and I personally really enjoyed the Barcelo Langosta hotel. It is definitely not a 5-star hotel, but it was not horrible either. The first day we arrived at our "superior" room, one of the lights was out. We pointed this out to the person who delivered our bags and it was promptly changed. The room smelled a bit mildew-y, but this was a smell that we go used to - a smell that seemed to go along with the heat and the closeness of the beach.

The food at this resort was ok, it was fresh and there was enough of a variety to eat something different every day. The fruit was very fresh, the omelette bar and the sushi were very nice. The snack bar (open from 10 am to 6 pm) had hamburgers, wings, french fries, onion rings and was all very good if you needed something to munch on in between breakfast and lunch or before dinner.

The pool was nice, there was someone cleaning it every day. The beach was nice to wade in, but we did not want to risk swimming farther out because at often times the waves were very big. Also, you are not supposed to take any shells from the beach. They will take them from you at the airport if you have them in your carry-on luggage.

The tv was mostly in Spanish, but we did not watch it much, as the sun rose at 5:30 am and set at 5:30 pm so we rose and slept with the sun and were outdoors most of the time. Also, you have to pay for wi-fi.

Tamarindo, the closest city, is a 20 minute walk (30 mins if you walk along the beach). I found it very touristy. A lot of souvenir shops and not a lot of authentic Costa Rican experiences. There are however a lot of opportunities to take a surfing lesson in Tamarindo, which we didn't end up doing, but looked like fun.

One of the days we booked a car and drove to Arenal, which took about 4 hours each way, but was a fun journey. One thing I would mention is that it is a difficult drive back in the dark because there are not always streetlights and people walk along the side of the road and you cannot always see them coming.

One of the days we booked a trip with the Swiss Travel representative (the Mega Combo). The mega combo consisted of horseback riding, hot springs, zip lining and a 300 ft water slide. IT WAS AWESOME! and totally worth the 150 (approx per person). It was about a 1 hr drive from the hotel to the drop off point and about 1 hr 20 mins from there, but it was SO MUCH FUN. The horse back riding was about 45 mins, then we went to the hot springs, which was really nice and refreshing, then onto the waterslide which was crazy fast and then the zip-lining. The zip-lining was a lot of fun and very safe. The zip-lines weren't super high but it was fun enough for a first-timer.

I really enjoyed speaking to native Costa Ricans and just being on the beach and in the ocean. I have no real complaints about the Barcelo Langosta. Especially if you make a real effort to speak Spanish and interact with the people. A lot of other visitors talked about seeing monkeys but we didn't see any. We saw a couple of iguanas and some birds and a raccoon and a squirrel. We weren't looking very hard though...

All in all, a really great vacation! I would recommend it!

Room Tip: We were in the 4000 series, which was ok as long as you weren't too close to the amphitheatre.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed at Barcelona Longasto, Tarmindo for 4 nights.The rooms we stayed had meld dew in the bath room, several tiles was chipped in the room, it was not properly cleaned.The pool deck was dirty with broken concrete and chipped tiles also.This property is not kept up for a 4 star.However the staff was helpful and the buffet food was ok.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Northern Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We travelled with another couple to Barcelo Longosta Beach in February, 2012. We always have a great time.

This resort was a little small for our liking but beautiful grounds. Very well maintained. We had some issues with the air conditioner but no big deal...they fixed it a couple of times and lets face it we went to Costa Rica for the heat not the AC! The monkeys are really cool and we got some really good pictures. Entertainment at the resort was typical. The small surfer town "Tamarindo" is a short walk on the beach or the road and lots of shoping and little restuarants.

One issue that we and everyone else on our flight would surely agree on is DO NOT FLY with Thomas Cook Airlines. They delayed our flight several times with no explanation other than bad planning/scheduling on their part. They didn't even keep Pearson Airport up to speed so the board kept saying everything was on time. We spent a whole day in the airport waiting for them to get their S%&T together. A day was lost from our trip due to Thomas Cook Airlines.

Overall I would probably not go back to this resort but only due to the resort size not fitting what we prefer. I would definately go back to a larger resort in Costa Rica it is absolutely beautiful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

My husband and I were just there at Barcelo hotel @ Langosta beach. September is downtime so there aren't many tourists around. There were probably as many Costaricans as foreigners.It was quiet & there was no rush to grab a spot at the pool or at mealtime. The staff was nice and rooms clean. We liked the food especially fresh fruit and desserts,which I could not resist. Our room was nice size. The only thing we noticed was a strange smell from the wicker seats when the air conditioner broke [it was fixed after we went back to the room couple of hours later] but it dissapeared when the air was on. They have a casino [bit outdated], and computer room with a printer. One thing I really liked was a lounge area in the main lobby by reception upstairs, where you can chat or read or hang out in the evening by the bar. The beach is not large but there is a nice spot further to the left where the river comes in; either way there are plenty of lounge chairs that the staff will grab for you [even if you insist on doing it yourself]. We really enjoyed just being on the beach either watching surfers or the sunset or the churning waters. A big warning though: the waters are rough at Langosta!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Rica
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

While i stayed here i had a good time, all you can eat and all you can drink, national drinks of course, if you want an international liquor you would have to pay, and a lot

The food is great in my opinion, so much to choose from.
Now if you plan to come here hoping to party like you would in Barcelo Tambor Beach, then this isn't the place, this place is visited mainly by older folks, families and couples, not so much for partying

Room Tip: Junior Suites Better
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tamarindo, Tamarindo 1150, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Tamarindo
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#8 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#11 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Barcelo Langosta Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 198
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