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“Fun Place, Great Time” 4 of 5 stars
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Barcelo Tambor Beach
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Tambor, Tambor 771-1150, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 hotels in Tambor
Penticton, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Fun Place, Great Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

A relatively small property by some standards, but offering all amenities and clean, comfortable accommodation set in a well maintained and spread out fashion. Very private.
The one buffet offering a decent variety of food well prepared. There were two a la carte restaurants, one in the sand on the beach which permitted you to select your seafood prior to its preparation. We were very satisfied with both.
The pool area was satisfactory and turned out to be a great social location to visit with your fellow travelers. The one bar in the hotel lobby was great, offering decent evening entertainment and another chance to interact. We unintentionally had a lot of fun and laughs at both.
A long and clean beach stretches in front of the property. Quite shallow, but a good place to splash and relax in the hammocks. Excellent snorkeling trips to nearby Tortuga Island are available and well worth the trip.
We enjoyed the "Parque Natural" nature trails as well as the butterfly and exotic bird enclosures, the later containing a number of free ranging monkeys. Horseback riding is also conveniently available ($).
Try not to miss the Macaws dive-bombing the resort once or twice per day as well as the Howler Monkeys which are generally out in force during the early evenings.
There are larger and fancier all inclusive resorts available, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with Barcelo Tambor. The service is good and friendly and you can play or just relax to your hearts content.

Room Tip: Corner rooms have hammocks on their balcony's
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Nice place, all inclusive but not overly expensive. Alot of Euro's when I was there. I love how people line up a half hour in advance for meal times. Food was OK. Rooms are nice, spread out. Very nice property, pool. How people can say that is a nice beach beats me. One of the most average I've seen in Centro America, due to it's gulf location, very little surf, flat, dark sand, not tipico of nice CR beaches. Howler monkeys start their thing around 4-5 am, not the hotel's fault, but howlers aren't called howlers for nothing.

You're out there in the middle of no where. don't get hurt or very sick because you are a long long way from serious medical attention unless they chopper you out--payment up front please.

Lower level workers/staff are very nice, just working people with no english but not arrogant. Give anyone anywhere a name tag in a Barcelo chain hotel and for God's sake they become self appointed...can't think of the words...pompous aloof arrogant indifferent disrespectful inconsiderate, almost anti-gringo. That's Barcelo anywhere in Central America.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Customer:

Greetings from Barceló Tambor Beach hotel.

We really appreciate the comments posted, which will help us to improve our customer services every day.

Regarding to any eventually illness or injury contingency, the hotel has a doctor's first aid room as well as a fully equipped ambulance for the first aids, in case you have to move the guest to the clinic in Cóbano and Paquera which it takes 20 minutes to get.

According to English speaking affairs our human resources department will be training ours staff with english courses to easily communicate and understand basic Anglo-speaking customers.

Once again thank you for the time spent to send us your comments.

Yours sincerely
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The best holiday ever , very good service, variety of activities in the day, entertaining shows at night and the party continues until dawn, an entertainment staff that makes you feel you do not want to leave. Totally recommended

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ojochal costa rica
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

our place is south of dominical and we came up for three nights on a whim with neighbors. nice drive north, easy ferry ride. paid $132 nightly all inclusive. so what do you expect? four seasons? actually it is not bad. the grounds are nice and the mccaws are worth the trip. on our way to isla tortuga so that makes the trip worthwhile. grounds are nice and rooms are decent. clearly not a gringo getaway. its a tico vacation spot. food is average. liquor is included. typical big resort style pool. all in all, if this is what you are looking for, its ok. 3 nights would be a max for me. kind of like going to vegas. you just have to be in the mood for it! oh yeah, and the kayak we took out took on water and we had to cling to it swimming in. nobody seemed to care. kind of reminded me of mexico in that respect. jay

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights and were overall disappointed. When we arrived we were notified that a certain section of the hotel did not have air conditioning and that it would possibility be fixed the next day. Keep in mind that Tambor is a very hot and humid area. We asked if a discount was expected and they told us no discounts; we then requested a full refund and wanted to cancel our prepaid reservations. They were able to relocate us to another section of the hotel with a/c. Once we got to the room the toilet wasn't flushing properly and I attempted to call maintenance; however, the phone wasn't working so then I had to step outside and find a staff member to relay the message. Also we had no towels in the room.

After all of this we were just glad to be in a nice a/c room. This is vacation time for locals so the hotel was full of families with lots of young children in the pool so we decided to play golf in a nearby golf course - Delfines. The course is a real nice 9 hole course with beautiful wildlife and the price was right - $30/person if you are a guest of the Barceló.

We have stayed at several Barceló hotels in the past and we were disappointed with the limited selection of the food choices on the buffet and the lack of smiles from the staff, which is very unusual for Costa Ricans. Overall management needs to work with the staff to make sure that they smile and at least say "Con Gusto."

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Having travelled around central america staying in boutiques, small hotels and b&bs, this was a bit of a shock as a massive resort..... So my own fault for booking it, but really not my thing. However, rooms are very nice and the facilities are excellent. The place was very crowded with mostly costa rican families enjoying their holidays, and this really is a place for families, not couples.
Food is truly awful!
Disappointed that the wifi wasn't part of all inclusive and only available in the lobby.
Some of the "house drinks" are also very bad, so avoid the wine and stick with the beer!
Beach area could do with a bit of grooming.
Overall, cant fault the value, but wouldn't revisit personally, but understand this place could appeal for a family holiday spot for a few days for others.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I went here a year ago for my honeymoon. The hotel was clean, the food is great, there are a ton of tours. The beach was great. The service was very good.
The only downside was, nobody told me that the hotel had a private air strip. So.. We had a 4 hour journey to the hotel on the way in. Spent $75 for a 20 minute flight back to San Jose..

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
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Barcelo Tambor Beach Hotel
Barcelo Hotel Tambor Beach
Barcelo Hotel Puntarenas
Barcelo Playa Tambor
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Address: Playa Tambor, Tambor 771-1150, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 7 hotels in Tambor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Barcelo Tambor Beach 3.5*
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