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Barceló Tambor

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

One more Family Vacation! Stayed there Sep 26 - Sep 28! Nice hotel and the most important part: The Staff. Edwin (Fernandez I think) Capitan de Saloneros. An amazing person! He knows what customer service is about and he is very professional!! Congrats Edwin, you are doing great! Regards, Jeison Torres, Laura & Franklin Solorzano! Besides that, the food quality has decrease the last years.

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 staff Good breakfast Nice enough beach Unspoiled location Decent rooms Negative points: Food is fair to poor Terrible drinks Mediocre excursion staff Poor 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.

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

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Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Barceló Tambor is located 7 mi (11.2 km) from Curu National Wildlife Refuge and 8.8 mi (14.2 km) from Montezuma Falls. This 402-room, 4-star resort has free breakfast along with conveniences like a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. On the beach, the resort is also within a 30-minute drive of Tortuga Island.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


All of Barceló Tambor's 402 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, private yards, and minibars. Guests can expect WiFi and satellite TV. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and bathrobes. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes are other standard amenities.

Property features

Barceló Tambor features a full-service spa, a nightclub, and an outdoor pool. There's free parking and limo/town car service. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the area. Other amenities at this all-inclusive resort include a children's pool, a fitness center, and an outdoor tennis court.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

71% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1464 reviews