What do you want out of your Costa Rican vacation?
Veg-out by the pool while sipping drinks? This property will work well for that, but you will need to get up and walk yourself to the bar get those free drinks.
Surf or swim in the ocean? Rocks and riptides make this beach less than ideal for swimmers. But lots of surfers were out there catching rides. Tidepools in the next-door estuary are fun for kids to explore, or just sit and soak in the sandy pockets.
Venture out to the different sites Guanacaste has to offer? From this mid-coast location you can take day trips north or south and into the interior of the peninsula (trips to Arenal or Monteverde would make for a very long day).
On the plus side:
-Beautifully landscaped gardens with all kinds of tropical birdsong. Several guests reported howler monkey sightings, but I wasn't so lucky. Plentiful frogs and iguanas.
-Friendly and helpful staff. I got an immediate response to my complaint of a slow-draining bathroom sink. The enthusiasm of fitness instructors drew me into the pool for their morning workout to reggaeton, salsa, and other latin beats.
-Close to the town of Tamarindo, but take a taxi, the road will be dusty or muddy, depending on the weather.
-Lots of food options in their huge buffet dining room. Great sushi bar. It's hard to decide between the dozen or so luscious desserts, but the servings are sample size, so you can try them all. Hopefully not all in one sitting.
-On a very busy day (national holiday), the better-located lounge chairs were taken, but there were still plenty available a little further from the pool. On a slow day, we had no problem at all getting lounge chairs.
On the negative side:
-Dining room staff is friendly, but not well managed. When I asked a waitress for coffee, I got an empty cup set in front of me. That seemed to be the limit of her job description. It was someone else's job to fill it, and he was at the other end of the dining room working his way down.
-Rooms are spacious, but furniture is a bit worn and dated.
-Pillows are lumpy.
-The goods sold by local vendors on the beach are better deals than those in Tamarindo's tourist shops. I was very happy with clay pottery and seashell jewelry I purchased.
-Be aware that most of the buildings don't have elevators. Bell staff will carry your luggage when you check in and out. Access rooms are located on the ground floor next to main building.
-This is a Spanish-owned chain, so there are many guests from Spanish-speaking countries, and locals who vacation here, too. All the staff we encountered was English-bilingual, some more proficient than others. If you'd rather be in an American bubble, the Marriott or Westin would be better choices for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Inclusive Resort. Beach Front ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Langosta Beach Hotel Tamarindo
- Barcelo Hotel Tamarindo
- Barcelo Hotel Langosta Beach
- Hotel Barcelo Playa Langosta
- Barcelo Playa Langosta