Barcelo Tambor Beach
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- All Inclusive Features
Location: Beachfront, After landing in San Jose International airport you will take a 30 min commuter flight (fee) or a 3.5 hr ferry/land transfer to Playa Tambor. Based on Ferry operation, transfer may only include 4.5 hr land transfer.
I've visited this place several times , dating back in 2000, through 2017, and I can say from experience that the quality , cleanliness , and the up keep of this once 5 star resort , is now resembling a cheap NJ motel. Once a place that had free toiletries welcoming drinks and towels branded with their logo , are no more. The soft sanding beach, is now a rocky shore, Although price has remained the same. The shine and luster that was once the start of Tambor beach , sadly has burnt out.
Paid $150US weekdays, good value if like me you just wanted to finish a trip relaxing. Kids loved it. Recommend horseback riding for $17 and visit the birds. Wifi was not free and very bad reception.The Japanese and seafood restaurants were nice.
The hotel is located in the fantastic beach of Tambor, Costa Rica. One can easily get to this place by car (highway), plane (the hotel is very close to a small airport at Tambor) or a combination between highway and ferry, the latter being the shortest (about 4 hours from San Jose) and most efficient way to reach the place.The hotel offers a wide array of services but some aspects could be improved. On the positive side 1) cleanliness is definitely on top of the list (rooms and the bathroom were very clean), 2) the beach was very clean, 3) service was always friendly and efficient (not always timely), 4) the atmosphere is very friendly, and 5) overall the hotel knows how to keep people busy with various activities, shows and a nice disco next to the beach.But, for a 4 star hotel some aspects could be improved: 1) the food tends to be rather simple and it's easy to see the same plates day after day (which is not nice for a 4 star hotel), 2) the pool bar is a very good idea but it is too small so it gets congested easily, and finally, 3) the internet is poor in many areas of the hotel facilities.Overall, this is a nice hotel but I recommend to visit in low season (in Costa Rica low season is between June-October)
The hotel is 'everything included' so bar service and food are paid in the room price. beautiful grounds with flowers and the occasional iguana, good food with a lot of choices for special diets. The buffet tables had salads, main courses and a fresh fruit and dessert table for lunch and dinner. The breakfast buffet was anything and everything including; eggs, freshly prepared omelettes, meat, cheese, waffles and pancakes. They have a snack service in the bar at the pool and that runs through the evening.They have a first class Spa with hairdressers, a menu of massage choices, a small gym and pool. There is a larger gym, a Play House for Children with organized activities, large pools bordering the beach and activities for adults. There are side trips to various nearby islands, zip lining and an environmental project to save macaws and other endangered birds. There is a butterfly farm, horses and golf. You get to Tambor by ferry and it is a beautiful, 1 hour, boat ride with whales and diving sea birds .The drive from the ferry to the hotel gives you an experience of Costa Rican rural life. The evening offers a cute show for children and a warm up show, then dancers who do a great job- like a Las Vegas dance review. At 11 pm they open the disco. We enjoyed everything including the game room and the gift shop.
Hotel service is low. I had several issue while I was staying and front desk response and responsiveness made me want to never come back. Food is not special and sometimes it tasted like old fridge and refried. Drinks are prepared with the only interest that you don't ask for that drink again. I would not say this is a 5 stars hotel nor I will give it on my review
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Snacks from 11am-11pm
- 3 a la carte dinners/week (1 reservation at each restaurant)
- Unlimited Domestic drinks from 10am-1am
- House wine w/meals
- In-room mini-bar stocked w/water & soft drinks
- Non-motorized watersports must be reserved:
- Boogie boards
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
- Free entrance to the Eco-Park
- 402 rooms in six 2-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 3 a la carte restaurants: International, Japanese and seafood, dress code & reservations required
- 3 bars including Snack bar
- 2 pools
- Ecological park
- 3 tennis courts
- Gift shop
- Currency exchange
- Tour desk
- Ecological park
- Beauty salon
- Massage service (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
- Laundry service (fee)
- Medical service (fee)
- 2 double beds
- Satellite TV
- Coffee/tea maker
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Balcony or terrace
- Max occupancy 4 persons
For the Kids - Kids 2-12 can enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' Club. Babysitting service available (fee).
Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
Barcelo Tambor BeachSan Jose,Costa Rica
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Playa Tambor, Tambor 771-1150 Costa Rica
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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