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“Great rooms and pizzas at an affordable price!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mar Y Sol Hotel & Restaurant

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Mar Y Sol Hotel & Restaurant
100 Meters North of Costa Coral, Tambor, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 7 hotels in Tambor
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“Great rooms and pizzas at an affordable price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Me and my girlfriend stumbled on this small hotel with Tripadvisor. We weren't sure since there weren't many reviews, but are so happy to have stayed there!

When we arrived, the owner Sam was working on his property and was obviously doing some noise. We were a bit reluctant as we were affraid the noise would continue during our stay, but Sam actually stopped any work involving noise during our full 2 night stay. He instead worked on maintaining the numerous plants on the property, as it doesn't do any noise. We didn't even have to ask! Our nights were pretty close to the most quiet we've had in Costa Rica, Tambor is a very quiet town! There is only one night per week where a Karaoke bar completely across town has a special night, which you can barely hear from the room. We are light sleepers and had no problem falling asleep despite this.

The rooms are still a little rough around the edges (such as old doors that are hard to open/close or an AC unit that leaks a little bit) since the remodeling is not quite finished, but what has been done so far is absolutely great. The ceilings, nighttables and lamps are made from exquisite exotic wood with a very shiny lacquer on it, and the shower is roomy with the classic electric shower heads from Costa Rica. However those are newer models and work much better than the other ones we tried during our stays elsewhere. For the price we paid (34000 colones/ 68US$ for two nights), it was an absolute deal! I'm sure this will get more expensive as more rooms get finished, so I would take this deal while it passes. I can see this place getting at 50-60$/night very soon.

We also had a chance to taste Sam's pizzas. They are DELICIOUS. The menu is limited, but the two pizzas we had were absolutely great. Fresh ingredient on a perfectly cooked thin crust in a wood oven, at a truly great price! Expect to pay approx 15-20$ for a pizza big enough for two hungry people with a few beers.

Also, Sam was kind enough to book us a tour at the nearby Tortuga Islands which is just a short 20 mins drive. We loved going to those empty beaches and the snorkeling was nice. There is better snorkeling elsewhere in the qorld, but it has been the best we had in Costa Rica.

Finally, we also got to meet the owners dog. I can't remember her name, but she is absolutely adorable. She is a stray dog that was dropped in front two months ago, and Sam took her to a vet and adopted her! We love dogs so we were happy to play with her, but if you are not a dog lover, Sam keeps her away when the restaurant is open so do not worry about it!

If you pass by Tambor, definitely crash at Sam's place and eat a few pizzas. You will love it!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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English first
Regina, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Mar y Sol Pizza is a must for everybody who is even remotely close to the fishing village of Tambor!
Authentic atmosphere and a great owner named Sam make this place hidden gem in Tambor!
For everybody who is planing on dining at Mar y Sol: Make sure to keep your eyes open as Mar y Sol is off Tambor´s busy main street. Not too obvious to find but once you do you´ll be glad you did!! -Stone oven pizza at it´s best!-

Bottom line:

Best pizza west of Rome!

Keep up the great work, Sam!
We´ll see you next year!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

We spent one night here during a driving tour of Guanacaste province, Costa Rica. The room was comfortable, clean, has air conditioning, TV, and the bathroom has the usual amenities and a roomy shower. Cost $40 dbl occupancy.

Tambor is quiet and very beautiful. Many beaches in Costa Rica have rip tides, or large waves that surfers love, but Tambor has a large horseshoe bay and gentle waves. The sand has no rocks, and you can walk out a long distance as the waves gently roll in.

The beach is a short (under 5 minute) walk from the Mar y Sol (you can see the ocean from the open air dining room.

There is a pizza oven (hand made by the owner), and it is wood fired. The pizza is the best I've had in Costa Rica, and quite possibly the best I've had anywhere!

We were there in the off season (August), and it was quiet. The owner does amazing woodwork, and the dining room/bar area shows off his considerable talents. He used local wood from his property to create the pizza bar, and dining room. Simple, affordable, well maintained property.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012 via mobile

Great pizza and best atmosphere
Pizza cooked in an outdoor oven
Friendly staff

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Mar Y Sol Hotel & Restaurant

Address: 100 Meters North of Costa Coral, Tambor, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 hotels in Tambor
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