Barcelo Tambor Beach
- What's Included
- 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.
When we arrived they gave us very little information about hotel, restaurants etc. no welcome drink or anything to make you feel welcomed. we had to ask many questions to get any answers about anything we needed to know for our stay.Very little English at all even at front desk. We Paid $180 extra for premium package to be told it's only to have premium drinks in the mini bar. Drinks are made with cheap cheap liquor from a plastic bottle. Order a drink at dinner and never came, even after an hour. Room was old and very dirty. Toilet, phone and ac didn't work. Remote control and hair dryer were missing from the room. Then found some kind of black bugs in the bed we took pics of. we were suppose to stay there several nights but we left early the next morning. No manager on duty in the mornings so no one could help us with a refund. I'm disappointed this is a Barcelo hotel. Awful awful experience.
The property is a get a way for Costa Ricans. It is a common destination for family reunions and for high school trips and graduations and spring break. The beaches are rocky with brown ocean water filled with silt. If you want an all inclusive resort with all you can drink and basic food with just pools, its perfect. Rooms were basic and well kept. Having known this, I would have driven another 30min - 1hr and gone to the full Pacific side with white sands and blue water. The roads getting here through the mountains were difficult to navigate, TAKE THE FERRY.
Just returned from Barcelo Tambor for a week.Good points:Beautiful grounds Friendly staffGood breakfastNice enough beachUnspoiled locationDecent roomsNegative points:Food is fair to poorTerrible drinksMediocre excursion staffPoor signature restaurants We arrived during Mother's Day week in Costa Rica and the resort was packed with locals and their families. Not a problem other than all scheduled activities to include children ones were in Spanish. Also there were several days where we gave up getting a drink at the bar because it literally took half an hour and the staff would serve locals ahead of us. Nightly entertainment in Spanish only with no translation and very loud till midnight each night. However I should mention we found the locals and their families to be wonderful and friendly.It was a very different resort during the week. Space in the pool, easy to get a drink. No lines for food. I would strongly recommend checking local holidays and trying but to book during their holiday time. We really felt like we got a completely different experience.Food was okay but not a lot of variety. If you are a foodie or a service snob this is NOT the place for you. We found the local food outside the resort to be much better. Signature restaurants were not worth standing in line in the morning. Stick to the buffet.Our room was okay but the beds hard and there was virtually no water pressure so showering was somewhat of a joke. Reminded me of a nicer motel 6. This is NOT a five star hotel. By US standards it's about a 3. We asked about excursions and the desk staff didn't seem too excited about helping us so we ended up contacting a local tour company that really seemed to want our business.The beach was a bit rocky but still gorgeous and wonderful to relax on.Great location and overall a good stay. Go in with the right expectations in line with the price point and open to engaging with the lovely locals and don't expect great food and you will be fine.
We were looking for something a little more authentic and local but, there wasn't much available for the last minute accommodations at the time, so we reluctantly booked the Barcelo. Although, it was what you'd expect from a big chain all-inclusive, it was really refreshing that a lot of local people stayed there along with others visiting from other countries in central and south america. The staff were super friendly and although the entertainment etc. was mainly in Spanish, we didn't mind one bit. There were loads of excursions from the resort to get us off the property. We were dreading the long drive back to San Jose, when we also noticed that there was a tiny landing strip right beside the resort, so we were able to book a Nature Air flight back to SJ.
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.
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).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
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.
Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.
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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
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