I was recently in Costa Rica looking for a place to have my destination wedding. I hadn't planned on looking at Barcelo, but there was a problem with our hotels.com reservation at a different hotel, so they rebooked us at the nearby Barcelo Tambor. I was excited to stay there because although I didn't have time to check it out on my trip, it was an all inclusive resort with decent reviews, so i thought that maybe it might be worth it.
Bed was okay-they gave tons of pillows, but none of them were particularly comfy for me. There was a fruit tray and opened bottled of wine in the room when we got there. We weren't sure if it was for us or leftover from a previous guest because 1) the wine was open and 2) the fruit tray looked all old. The phone did not work at all. The shower head in the bathroom weighed so much that it would tip down and spray the wall or the curtain, but not in a way that you could get wet. You have to hold it the entire time, and the water pressure is horrible. It took like four hundred years to rinse the shampoo out of my hair.
Mediocre at best
Snack bar was okay. Buffet was terrible. flies everywhere, lack of choices in food, food was weird. I am an American who has lived in costa rica for many years, and the american food was yuck and so was the costa rican food. very salty. Lack of options for non-alcoholic drinks. The sushi place was actually pretty good, but I didn't expect much from it. You have to pay extra for it though.
HORRIBLE! It was covered in softball sized rocks that looked as if they had been placed there on purpose, and they hurt your feet like crazy. Then, when we were finally able to hobble out to the water, which had good waves, the water was full of wood. It was as if someone had dumped a truckload of mulch into a swimming pool. I was rinsing wood out of my everywhere in the shower for ever afterwards.
There was a lot of stuff to do, but the staff wasn't helpful at all. There was a live band/music/activities until LATE at night. I asked the receptionist how long the music would last because it was so loud in our room we couldn't even talk to each other (and our room was FAR from the main area) and she told me no later than 8 pm, but at midnight we could still feel the base vibrating our bed.
Everything needed a good scrubbing....looked dirty.
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- Barcelo Tambor Beach Hotel
- Barcelo Hotel Tambor Beach
- Barcelo Hotel Puntarenas
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