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“Middle of the Road All Inclusive Costa Rica”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Barcelo Tambor

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Barcelo Tambor
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
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Valley City, Ohio
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“Middle of the Road All Inclusive Costa Rica”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Barceló Tambor Beach is at best an average "all Inclusive Hotel" You can eat all you want as long as you are hungry when they are serving food. Liquor is included as long as you don't expect to recognize the label on the bottle. Everything exposed on the shelf is NOT included in the "All Inclusive"

The food, when available, was pretty decent, but often being enjoyed by the bees. The pool area was very nice and refreshing with a walk/swim up bar.

Getting here is an adventure in itself. Unless you fly into the 3000 ft strip which ends in the ocean (which I highly recommend) the drive and ferry boat ride are exciting and a bit un-nerving. The experience as you get off the ferry, might cause you to turn around immediately....there is no way you could imagine that there could be a resort on the other side of the cobblestone walk and gypsies selling fruits and trinkets.

Oh yes, the all inclusive does not include internet. They charge $12.95 American or 6500 Colones per day for an internet bot much better than dial up.

Room Tip: No elevators. First floor is easier if you are not living out of a backpck
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Jonathan M, Revenue Manager at Barcelo Tambor, responded to this review, November 16, 2016
Dear Jim,

Greetings from Barceló Tambor Beach,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us.

Our services are aimed to make your stay an excellent option.

Nowadays, the wifi service is free reserving through our web page.

Thanks so much for visiting us. We hope to have you back in our facilities.

Sincerely,

Raúl Arranz.
Director General
Hotel Barceló Tambor
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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

En overall excellent experience at this hotel. Outstandingly friendly staff, perfect food and great variety of food. Great swimming-pools and a beautiful beach on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. :)
Definitely one of the best resorts in the area!
I would absolutely go there again. ;)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Jonathan M, Revenue Manager at Barcelo Tambor, responded to this review, November 16, 2016
Dear Costumer,

Greetings from Barceló Tambor Beach,

Your satisfaction is our main goal.

The pool area, the beach and the gardens are surrounded by the nature in our facilities, as an excellent complement. For us is such a great time to have you in our hotel.

We hope to have you have back in our facilities.

Sincerely,

Raúl Arranz
Director General
Hotel Barceló Tambor
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Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Well executed throughout. They pampered us, and did several things to acknowledge our honeymoon, making it special. The mattress on the bed was to die for - where can I purchase one? The beach was white sand and clean. Entertainment in the evening was very professional and funny.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Calvin C
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Jonathan M, Revenue Manager at Barcelo Tambor, responded to this review, November 15, 2016

Dear costumer,

Thanks so much for choosing Barceló.

It is for us such a pleasure to serve you.

Our staff will give you a unique treatment and special. Thanks for the good comments.

We hope for you to come soon.

Sincerely,

Raúl Arranz
Director General
Hotel Barceló Tambor
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Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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Jonathan M, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor, responded to this review, November 15, 2016
Dear Philip:

Thanks so much for having part of your time in letting a review.

We are glad our hotel has met your expectations. We offer a variety of entertainment, excursions which allow you know the natural lush beauty of our zone, the outskirts of our falicities which contains a privilege of being surrounded for beautiful gardens and excellent ocean view.

Once again thanks for letting a review.

We hope you can back soon, for us it is such a honor to give you the best service.

Sincerely,
Raúl Arranz
Director General
Hotel Barceló Tambor


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New York
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3 of 5 bubbles 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
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Alejandra G, Channel Manager at Barcelo Tambor, 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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ojochal costa rica
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Barcelo Tambor
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 #2 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Tambor 4*
Number of rooms: 402
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