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“Wonderful staff, nice and clean rooms, we loved it!”
Review of Hotel Costa Coral

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Hotel Costa Coral
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Tambor
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“Wonderful staff, nice and clean rooms, we loved it!”
Reviewed February 26, 2007

I'm not sure why the person who wrote the "Couldn't make a Reservation to stay, because no one spoke English" review expected English in a Spanish speaking country. That should not have, in my opinion, tainted the review. Especially since the Tambor area is not a common tourist area.

At any rate, we encountered much the same, lots of Spanish, very little English, but expected it and had a dictionary with us. The staff was incredible. They went out of their way to make sure things were good for us.

We came to this hotel after a bad experience at the Tropico Latino in Mal Pais. Our first room was very nice, clean, colorful and had a t.v. and phone. It also had a small kitchen and refrigerator. Great to keep water cold! We had one small problem with the inline shower heater not working. They immediately relocated us to another room.

The new room was equally as nice. It was very clean again, colorful and had the t.v. and phone. The beds were comfortable...a bit firm for me, but still nice.

The pool was clean and nice. The restaurant was beautiful. The food was ok, but we found that to be the case in a lot of hotels...they seem to try to aim to the American palate but miss simply because seasonings and the such are different in Costa Rica. The breakfast each morning was nice and came with your stay. You could choose the Typical Tican breakfast or American breakfast. The fruit was fresh, the juice was fresh, everything was good.

Downsides: The inline shower heaters don't really heat the water so much as take the edge off. This really isn't a big deal because its 95-100 degrees F each day so the tepid shower feels good. The air conditioner wasn't super effecient, but did a good enough job to sleep comfortably. We were in the front of the building so traffic noise was a bit of an issue, but we're all pretty hard sleepers so it was not a deal breaker for us. Other than that, the hotel was very quiet.

The beach was nice. There were several excellent restaurants nearby. I'd recommend eating at the small restaurant 1/2 a Km down the road heading toward the airport, its on the left. The food was fantastic. Another great restaurant is at the Tambor Tropical hotel. Both were extremely affordable and delicious.

The beach is not too far away. Its a nice beach with some shade. The water is incredibly warm. The hotel gave us beach towels on request.

When we flew out of Tambor a few days later, one of the hotel employees was at the airstrip (he worked for Nature Air, we were flying Sansa). He saw us, recognized us, and came over to help us haul all of our luggage over to the waiting area. I felt this was above and beyond!

We had a wonderful experience at the Costa Coral!

  • Liked — Large, clean rooms and friendly staff.
  • Disliked — Road noise.
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2005

For the money, we found this hotel to be great. We speak no spanish but found the staff to be friendly and helpful from restaurant staff to hotel cleaning staff. The rooms were spotless every morning. In the restaurant, if you order thier specials which appeared to be TICO inspired, the food was very good and reasonably priced. The bar is the local hangout for residents in this town, american and canadian ex pats as well as locals. The pool is clean. The hotel is about 1/4 mile walk to the beach but close to a great restaurant, Christina's. Hotel is also close to grocery, liquor store and police station.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed November 30, 2004

I couldn't make a Reservation to stay at Costa Coral, because every time I called no-one spoke english. No one responded to my email. I was lucky that I knew some one in Tambor, and they were able to make a Reservation for our stay.

Costa Coral has basic accomodations, for the price they are adequate.
Do not eat at the restaurant. The food is cheap and nasty. It's gross. The waiters or staff don't speak english, some don't even try to.
We had dinner there and it was terrible. Had Breakfast there and it was equally as terrible as dinner. Instead of serving you great Costa Rican food. They serve gross American food and they think you will like it.


Louise in Los Angeles

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Property: Hotel Costa Coral
Address: | Center of Playa Tambor, Tambor 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Tambor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Costa Coral, located in Playa Tambor, is a 5 minutes walk from the beach. Costa Rica is busier then ever and is under new management. We are a clean, boutique hotel, with a beautifully landscaped garden & pool area. Our wonderfully appointed restaurant is adorned with balconies & beautiful. We offers fresh local cuisine, with the finest ingredients, our food is prepared with heart and soul. We are a great place for your home base as you take advantage of the many activities within a 30 min radius. We look forward to serving you. ... more   less 

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