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“Beautiful location - fantastic place to stay in Santa Marta”

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Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Santa Marta
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Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful location - fantastic place to stay in Santa Marta”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

We stayed at this hotel in January 2014 and found the place absolutely fantastic. The views from the rooms in Torre Beach were fantastic and the swimming pool absolutely divine. Our stay included breakfast and one other meal which was nice and the service in the restaurant was fantastic. Unfortunately the service in the pool bar left a lot to be desired in a ?4 star hotel. Otherwise an enjoyable place to stay with excellent facilities.

Room Tip: Stick with Torre Beach for beach views
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Northern Ireland
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Stayed here for three nights, in the beach side tower (as they refer to it, it's not really a tower). The food is good and we ate dinner there a few times. Breakfast was pretty good too, plenty of choice and a good egg chef. The place as quiet in the evening after the resident band finished at 10 pm, the bar closed very shortly after. Not a spot for a evening of entertainment. Bars and club and good restaurants are a cheap taxi ride. Great mall across the road with several ATM,s. Staff friendly and rooms a good size and clean. It is not a modern hotel as such, bit dated. We were there in the evening windy season, so a loud gale sounded through the poorly sealed windows in the room. Wi Fi was good. I would recommend this hotel as long as you were happy with clean and comfortable and not looking for luxury.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Ornex, France
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Enjoyed the food the location, good for relaxing, very nice and friendly staff. As good as when we visited in 2006. Not the cheapest but good value for money. New Mall at walking distance, Santa Marta is a must visit when in Colombia.

Room Tip: all rooms face the ocean, the oldes and best hotel in santa marta.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Bogotá, Colombia
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

My boyfriend and I went there during low season, it was awesome!. Excellent service, great food and best pinas coladas. It is walking distance from good restaurants, bars and just in front of a mall, very convinient. I do recommend this place.

Room Tip: choose main tower
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

we have just left tamaca beach which we booked through venere.com. at a price of almost £100 per night i exoected this to be the best hotel we will stay in on this holiday. i was wrong! we were taken across the road to tower norte which resembeled a buikding site! wires hanging down everywhere and lots of noise. our room was plain and basic and not the cleanest. our balcony doordid not lock either. we were on the 4th floor and could hear the banging on the groumd floor from there. the main hotel was nice and the staff made a real effort with us and were very helpful but the swimming pool water was quite dirty even after someone spent a couple of hours cleaning it! i would not reccomend using the airport transfer service either as they charged us 50k Cop for this and we later found out a taxi is only 17k. i personally would not stay there again and feel pretty ripped off to be honest!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Good hotel to stay when passing through Santa Marta and wanting to stay at Rodadero's busy beach with its Miami-esque buildings and 24/7 party atmosphere. The Tamaca is very retro, but good location near the airport. Would rather stay there than at the mega-resorts of Zuana and Irotama. Must improve breakfast quality!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

The Hotel Tamacá has it downsides, but if you're going to stay in Santa Marta it is worth a look. The hotel is located in El Rodadero a suburb of Santa Marta. Rodadero is a tourist area (Colombian Tourists) so there are plenty of good (some great) restaurants within walking distance.

Although I can't disagree with some of the postings here that the food can be poor and the rooms need updating, I think the positives outweigh the negatives.

The staff is wonderful, they constantly go out of their way to take care of you. They quickly remember your likes and dislikes and try hard to personalize your service.

The food is hit or miss. Breakfast is always good with an excellent selection from the buffet of local favorites, plus 3 fresh juices, fresh fruit, 8 or 9 choices of breads and an omelet station. I had lunch in the hotel once it was churrasco (barbecue) and everything was fantastic (one of the top 3 meals I had on my trip) One dinner I had dorado (Mahi-Mahi) although it had good favor it was the toughest piece of fish I have ever eaten. Overall I would suggest not purchasing the inclusive and just get the breakfast plan. El Rodadero has some fantastic restaurants and it would be a shame to miss them.

The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The room was dated and does need some updating. The only available outlet was next to the bed I travel with 4 plug surge protector and it saved me. If you're going to work on your computer be prepared to move from the desk to the bed when the battery gets low. The bathroom was in serious need of repair, again it was clean, but needed a ton of work. That being said, I complained about the shower and they sent someone up to fix it within a half hour.

I have nothing but positive things to say about the grounds. They are very secure, clean, comfortable and attractive. The pool is not huge, but it was clean and they have a lot of chairs both in and out of the water. They offer a couple of cabanas and a shaded area with a mister to get out of the heat. Santa Marta is a very safe area and the hotel provides 24 hour security and is fenced off from the public beach. They have a gate from the pool area to the beach for guests only (electronic lock with a bell).

The beach is a public beach. It serves the most wealthy and the poorest of the area. The beach itself is reasonably nice, the water is a bit dark due to coal dust in the water. The view is spectacular. If you are looking for a beach vacation, I'd say look someplace else.

One warning to non Spanish speakers. There are not a lot of English speaking people in the hotel or the community. I suggest you have at least a basic grasp of Spanish. My Spanish is terrible, but I was able to tell the taxi drivers where I wanted to go, find ATM's and purchase items in shops. Prices in El Rodadero are a bit higher than Santa Marta, but still very good. Cash is king, so make sure you know where the ATM machines are located. Most of the nicer restaurants take American credit cars, but not all.

If you are planning a stay in Santa Marta I really don't think you can do better than the Hotel Tamacá given it's location, grounds and security. Make sure you book at the Beach Hotel, not Hotel Tamacá North.

One last thing, if you're there between December and March the winds are incredible. If you're a light sleeper bring ear plugs, between the wind and the windows rattling, it can be difficult to sleep.

Room Tip: The rooms on the 6th floor are smaller and have smaller windows that rattle more in the wind. Try t...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort
Address: Cra 2 #11A - 98, El Rodadero, Santa Marta 57, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Marta
#5 Family Hotel in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
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