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“The best trip so far in years” 5 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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“The best trip so far in years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well where do I start. This was the first time we have traveled to Costa Rica and It wont be the last. After a 5 hr plane ride to San Jose We were greeted by Nolitours and off to the Ferry at Puntarenas. Great scenery and lots of hills. The ferry ride was more than an hour but beautiful view of the gulf of Nicoya. Wish we had the option of flying direct to Tambor and save more time to enjoy the Resort. Arrived at Paquera and off to Barecleo Tambor. Arrived and had no problem booking in to our room as there was only 4 of us that was on the mini bus.The grounds are magnificent and well taken care off. The Iguanas, squirrels, and doves kept busy looking for hand outs but didn't bother us at all. The scarlet Macaws flying over head and in the bird sanctuary were breath taking to see and its good to see the re introducing of endangered animals back into the wild. The parrots greeted us with Ohla. The howler monkeys religiously arrived around 5 pm to bask in the shade and cool off. What a hair raising sound they make!!
The pool was clean and warm and enjoyed every minute. The pool activities helped wear off some of the drinks. The weather was nothing but perfect as we had 7 days of full sunshine and no clouds. Couldn't ask for better.
The bartenders especially Kaylor in the main bar beside the stage was so amazing in making us feel like a close friends. I told him how to make a peralyser drink and he liked it. He should be recognized for his efforts as he works so hard at what he does. The bingo they had before the main entertainment was hard to follow. I know that Spanish is you main language, but it would have been nice to understand the jokes as we felt out of place. We laughed anyways.
The food in the buffet was excellent and always a variety for everyone. The only draw back was at the steak house. My wife asked for here steak to be well done and it came between medium rare to medium. The ceaser salad was supper salty and the portions of veggies were small.
The beach was fabulous and took a walk at low tide to Tambor, a small village at the west end of the beach. We purchased some liquor and as we were heading out of the local grocery store the worker came out and gave us a a small bottle of the local Costa Rican 5 year old rum as a gift. That made our trip even more unbelievable. At night the stars were so bright and felt like you could reach out and grasp them. The security was present all the time and we felt very safe at all times.
Went to Tortuga Island snorkeling and had a blast. Saw tons of fish and lots of crabs running along the white sand beach. The bbq was excellent and the beers were cold.
Went to the Curu wildlife reserve and Douglas our guide was awsome and we would recommend him as a guide as he new so much as if you went by your self you would enjoy it as much. We learned many things about the animals and foliage of Costa Rica. About 10 white faced capuchin mokeys gave us a show and were almost at touching distance. The pictures were amazing. Saw local deer, butter flies, rodents, and herons.

This trip was the most memorable one we have taken and plan on going back to this resort as its a resort away from the big cities and we felt soooo relaxed.

The only thing is that we wished that Nolitours gave us the option of the plane ride not the Ferry to bet us back to San Jose airport as getting up at 3 a.m. and the ferry ride at 5:30 a.m. then the long ride to the airport used up to many days of enjoying the resort. Didn't get home till 1:00 a.m. the next morning and made for a long long day.

Thanks again for a wonderful experiance Barcelo Tamabor Beach Resort.

Room Tip: Ask for room 610 or close as its away from the stage area.
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear Ross;

In behalf of Barceló Tambor Beach Staff, it is very pleasant to show you our gratitude for having your time in writing a comment in this website.

Likewise we are so glad to know that your very first trip to Costa Rica was enjoyable as you mentioned we also hope it´s not the last but the beginning of an important spot in your vacational plans, for Barceló Tambor Beach. The Staff which is currently working to offer you a better
Service, we hope you to feel absolute fulfillment to enjoy your stay with us.

In regards your observations, it is pleasant get to know you enjoyed the nice natural scenario that is available for you. It could be seen while traveling through the gulf until get to Barceló Tambor Beach, there is no words to describe this pretty landscape that is for you if you eventually decide to take an aircraft until the hotel to the next trip. The natural lush surrounding our facilities provides that our guests can enjoy of the different services we offer surrounded by a select gama of birds, plants, trees and beautiful gardens.

Among other services such as; pool, buffet , beach and human care, tours offered by our outdoors department , We are very happy that you could share your knowledge in making the beverages with our staff as well as taking beautiful pictures of landscapes around the hotel.

We already took into consideration the referring the meat preparation that you asked for in Steak House Restaurant and the amount of salt It was added in the salads, we proceeded to take the guides necessary for this not happen again.

Once again, thank you very much for sharing your experience with us .
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We hope you to stop by in our hotel in your next visit to Costa Rica.

Greetings

Raúl Arranz
Director General
Hotel Barceló Tambor Beach
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just returned from our first stay in this hotel and I must say that except for a few minor details it was an excellent experience. This was one of the first (if not the first) all-inclusive beach resorts in Costa Rica and it was great to receive again the good old all inclusive treatment.

If coming from the San José area, you'll need to take the Paquera Ferry in Puntarenas to get here, it takes about 1:10 to cross the Nicoya Gulf and the ride is nice... You could also travel by car through the "puente de la amistad" but the distance is more than twice and you'll be forced into 25km of the most extreme mountain dirt road, which I would only recommend to experienced drivers in a 4x4 car. If getting here through Liberia Airport or the North Guanacaste Area, the latter may be your only choice...

Despite this is not a new hotel, it is very well maintained, outdoor spaces and gardens are beautifully laid out and well taken care of, the rooms are grouped in 2-story buildings and even the farther ones are not too far from the restaurants, pools and bars. You'll really get up-close to wildlife here: red macaws fly by often and there is even a shelter for them in the hotel; coatis and racoons roam by at night, you'll also see tons of iguanas in the pools and gardens as well as howler monkeys in the taller trees, and if you're not careful you'll be sharing your pool-side snacks and even your lunch with squirrels.

The hotel itself is quite good, rooms are clean and well equipped, although the age of the property shows off in some of the bedroom furniture and bathroom... still everything in our room worked fine. You have a stocked coffee maker in the room and a mini fridge, and you'll get complimentary bottled water and soft drinks every day. I found the food in the buffet quite good and varied, they use theme nights for dinner so you will find something for everyone. Snack bars are quite generous and you can order as many drinks and cocktails as you wish in the several bars there are around the pools, restaurant and reception area. I didn't attend the shows/night entertainment but I heard they were good enough.

The only low points I found, besides the aged look of some of the room furniture and bathroom pieces, was the check in process: a bit messy but understandable given we checked in on a saturday noon. Also we tried "El rancho", one of the "a la carte" restaurants serving beef and seafood and honestly it left a lot to be desired: Portions were tiny for most dishes and they weren't very tasty... service was not great either, it made us miss the buffet that night. Finally, no free wi-fi... really? it's 2015 already! but I guess that forces you to live a bit far from your devices.

All in all, a very good experience I look forward to repeat soon, some rough edges here and there but it got us back to the goodness of the local all inclusive resorts, and for the price, it can't be beat.

Room Tip: I have the feeling that 2nd floor rooms are better, some of them have an oversized balcony with a ha...
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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Estimado LuisKv:

A través de este medio reciba un cordial saludo.

Por este medio queremos comunicarle que nos sentimos a gusto que dedicara parte de su tiempo en escribirnos.

Al compartir su experiencia nos permite comprobar el trabajo realizado por los diferentes departamentos desde el punto de vista directo del cliente y para trabajar en cumplir todas sus expectativas mediante el servicio que le ofrecen los hoteles todo incluido.

Para nosotros es sumamente gratificante que su primera experiencia en Costa Rica con nosotros fuera excelente, que fuera de su agrado los jardines siendo este uno de los mejores recursos de la zona y como usted lo dice es un acercamiento con la fauna la cual sin duda trae un ambiente relajante a nuestros visitantes , la distribución de habitaciones y zonas comunes adecuadas a las necesidades del cliente, limpieza de habitaciones, variedad en el buffet y sus noches temáticas oportunidad para disfrutar de la gastronomía. Tomamos nota de sus observaciones referente a las porciones que se sirven y el servicio en el Restaurante de carnes y mariscos, las cuales serán altamente evaluadas con el departamento involucrado. Definitivamente sus anotaciones son un aporte muy valioso y trabajaremos para mejorar en su próxima estadía.

Le agradezco nuevamente sus atenciones y le reitero nuestro agradecimiento.

Le esperamos nuevamente,

Atentamente,

Raúl Arranz
Director General
Hotel Barceló Tambor Beach
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying at the Barceló Tambor Beach Resort is part of the itinerary of the package tour “Natural Wonders of Costa Rica” provided by Air Transat/Nolitours. The 45-minute ferry ride across the Gulf of Nicoya from Puntarenas to Playa Tambor was smooth and enjoyable. Barceló Tambor Beach Resort was located on a fine white sandy beach facing the Ballena Bay. The resort has several swimming pools, a theatre, restaurants, gift shop, travel agency, mini-golf ground, and many more for children and adults. The resort was clean, safe, and convenient. When we were there, it was during the two month-long school break of Costa Rica, thus, the activities were dominated by children programs. It was quite a surprise to see that most of the visitors were friends or families of Costa Rican, rather than visitors from other countries. This also suggested that Costa Ricans take their vacations seriously. The service of the resort was fantastic, for example, my wife wanted a fresh papaya juice for her meals but it was not a regular item on the menu. When she requested the drink, a service hostess said she would try to get my wife one and she did! The resort also had various species of beautiful birds and iguanas. One added surprise, a tree nearby was a temporary resting stop for a few species of brightly coloured parrots with their long-forked tail. These beautiful birds made a loud and distinct sound to alert us when they were sliding by low over the swimming pools, what a spectacular scene! The resort can arrange for scuba diving from a nearby dive centre as well. Unfortunately, a minimum of two divers are I was the intended diver. I was disappointed a bit. Better dive sites and dive centres can be found on the coast area west of Liberia, such as Playa Ocotal and Playa del Coco. For the two days stay, this resort hotel has already given me a good impression of a well-run and pleasant all-inclusive resort.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Andrew C.

Greetings from Barceló Tambor Beach.

First of all, let me externalize my gratification for having let a comment through this website.

Regarding your visit, we have seen very interesting observations about natural beauties of Costa Rica, for all green-lovers from the ferry trip to get until tambor it gets such an experience through Nicoya Gulf. The beach is quite enjoyable mainly for adults and kids; among some services are offered in our facilities you may find; pool area, theater, restaurants, shops, minigolf, outdoor activities, lush deep nature surrounding our hotel and much more for entertainment and enjoy of our visitors.

Our main goal is keep on developing excellent experiences with our clients, your sightings will be highly evaluated with the related staff in this way you can notice the different changes have been made in our hotel.

We want to express our fulfillment and we hope to see you once again.

Atentamente,
Raúl Arranz
Director General
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Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This was my first experience in this all inclusive hotel, the food was OK, all the deserts have the same taste all, the room was clean, the pool near to the wet bat had a terrible smell, and seems to be dirty at 9 am just starting the day. The men in charge of the night show did some jokes about homosexual people that could make some people laugh, but make uncomfortable others, at the point I saw some people go to their rooms. The palm's pool for kids was awesome for my children they have a lot of fun there.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, December 26, 2014
Dear Mr JuanfraCr:

Thanks so much for let know about your experience in Barcelo Tambor Beach Hotel throughout this website.

We really appreciate your good comments in regards room cleanness and food.

We have spoken with the Chef for him to get better the flavor of certain desserts so He also may vary the stuffed food, thus we can increase flavor choices.

The pool conditions and the wet bar are cleaned daily, some instructions has been given to focus the cleanness and surveillance of this area. Besides, a special gathering has been executed with the entertainment staff in order to moderate their jokes so we can avoid disgusting scenes.


It is good to know that the kid´s pool have met your expectations. We hope to extend you once again the opportunity to visit and try what have been improved.

Best regards;

Raúl Arranz
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Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Our first visit to Costa Rica. This is a wonderful family resort. The weather perfect, the ocean so warm, the staff so friendly, good food, clean room. Wonderful wild life. We didn't know what to expect, and we were pleasantly surprised. We will go back for sure.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view room. They are all the same price.
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, December 26, 2014
Dear Elizabeth Ann1948

Greetings from Barceló Tambor Beach,

Hoping you have enjoyed your stay in our resort . We want to show gratitud for stopping by and for writing a comment about your recent experience in our hotel.
We work day after day to improve our services and meet the clients expectations.
Thank you very much for visiting Costa Rica and our hotel.

Sincerely;

Raúl Arranz
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Second experience and quite enjoyed, thanks to everyone who helped us with everything, especially Alex Espinoza, helped us with everything, booking at the restaurant, snorkel tour and wine to the room.
I am planning our 3rd trip by July next year ... thanks again

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, December 9, 2014
Dear George M

We salute you and want to thank your preference in choosing us as your anniversary option.

We are more than happy to know that we fulfilled your expectations.

We also want to extend your congratulations to our coworker Alex Espinoza for his excellent work and customer service.

We are looking forward to having you with us next July.

Best regards,
Raúl Arranz Medrano
Director
Hotel Barcelo Tambor Beach
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

ok is a cool place. but is you go without a car is a little bit unconfurtable. but there are taxis when get out of the boat. drinks are ok, food is ok. as i said is very good for the price- is good to go with some friends or u couple.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor Beach, responded to this review, December 2, 2014
Ms. Ka3092:

Thank you so much for publishing your comments on this website.

It is a honor to know our hotel have met your expectations during your visit in our facilities.

We hope to have you back in our resort.

Regards,

Raúl Arranz Medrano
Director
Barceló Tambor Beach.
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Address: Playa Tambor, Tambor 771-1150, Costa Rica
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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 Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Barcelo Tambor Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 402
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