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"I like the hotel but i got tired of the food very soon. (Breakfast is the same every day). If you go here, do not pay for wi fi, it doesn't work. I w ... " More

By a verified traveler on Fri 29 Apr 2016

Hotel Description

4-star property with a spa, connected to the convention center

Beachside getaway

You'll be within 2 miles (3 km) of Los Delfines Golf & Country Club and 6 miles (10 km) of Romelia Wildlife Refuge with a stay here. Curu National Wildlife Refuge is within 9 miles (15 km) and Reserva Curu is within 12 miles (20 km).


This smoke-free property features a full-service spa, a nightclub, and a restaurant. There's fun for all ages with a free kid's club and mini golf, and in-room childcare is an added bonus. Enjoy the outdoor pool and perks like free self parking.

WiFi, balconies

The 402 guestrooms offer balconies, private yards, and WiFi. Satellite TV, minibars, and room service are also available.

Superior Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$171 per night

Superior Room (2+1)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Superior Room (4 adults)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Superior Room (3+1)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Superior Room (3 adults)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Superior Room (2+2)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Barceló Tambor ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Barceló Tambor

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2 out of 5
Please read** My experience was less than ideal. The hotel is located about 4-5 hours away from the San Jose airport. Although the hotel does offer transportation for a fee, the fee is significantly higher than the actual price it takes to transfer. So, do not use their service. The food is deplorable. It is the same thing everyday. It is presented, cooked and tastes poorly. The only decent restaurant is the steakhouse, but it requires a reservation (eligible after a 2 night stay). The problem with that is that there is no limit as to how many people one person is allowed to reserve for! So, one person can reserve for 20 people and no one says anything and the restaurant becomes fully booked. The checking-in staff was also very unpleasant. The Wi-Fi was down, after I paid for it, so when I went to go to explain it to them - they didn't believe me. The employee had to go around and ask (took 30 minutes of me standing there) to verify that I was not lying, so rude. There were many other instances, but too many to list. The only pleasant staff was the ones working at the bar at night. The shows were also not at all 'multi-cultural' as they were not even remotely reflective of the cultures they attempted to depict. The location is also very excluded. The hotel does not have any surrounding tourist areas. The beach is unkempt and the chairs are old and uncomfortable - not at all like the pictures. I sincerely do not recommend this hotel.

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019

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3 out of 5

Fiesta time in Costa Rica

I like the hotel but i got tired of the food very soon. (Breakfast is the same every day). If you go here, do not pay for wi fi, it doesn't work. I was able to get wi fi around 4 times (for a short time) in 5 nights. You can make reservations in the restaurants once every two nights. Hotel is too far from the airport. (Drove 3 hours to get there)

Posted by , from New york on Apr 29, 2016

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4 out of 5

Great for relaxation.

Pros: The environment is beautiful and well kept. Most of the staff was friendly.
Cons: More staff members speaking English for English speaking visitors like myself.
Location: The location is very seclusive. It is too far away from San Jose and certain places of interest that I wanted to visit.
Had a wonderful time participating in the activities. Reception(David) and the bell boy(Micheal) were very patient and helpful. The food was good but needed more variety. The entertainment team was energetic and did an amazing job of their presentation nightly.Overall we an enjoyable time.

Posted by , from Brooklyn, N.Y. on Aug 11, 2015

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4 out of 5

Great value, all you could need

Pros: Beach, food, activities, staff
Cons: $41 dollars for sunscreen in the gift store is criminal! Do NOT forget sunscreen!
Location: We rented a car for a day, otherwise getting around is not very plausible. Really cool waterfall hike in Montezuma and beaches along the coast.
I found most of the positive reviews on this place to be incredibly accurate. It's not a 5 star resort by any means, but probably about as close as you're gonna find for the price. I'll start with the negatives, which were easy for me to look past, but may not be for some. My "king size bed" was two queens pushed together! It was not too big a deal for my girlfriend and I since we sleep on a queen normally and didn't mind spreading out when sitting in the room. Several times I was given a line about things being closed during what was supposed to be normal operating hours for "maintenance" like the sushi restaurant (which I did end up getting to go to and it was great). For the most part everything operated as advertised, but if you're one of those people who need every little thing to be exactly as you expect it, you might get frustrated here... The positives far out-weigh the negatives as the staff was friendly and accommodating, the facilities were well kept, the beach was amazing (miles of sandy beach pretty much to yourself), the food was great even the little snack bar, there were plenty of activities on site, and at least while we were there it seemed very uncrowded and relaxed. Not really a place for nightlife, check out Santa Teresa if you're looking to party hard (few hours away). This place is relaxed and family friendly.

Posted by , from Colorado on Apr 21, 2015

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5 out of 5

Best Vacation Ever!

Pros: Free breakfast, Quiet
Cons: No free Internet, no free wifi in rooms
Everthing was awesome at Tambor! My Wife and I absoultlely love the place. Not a single problem. Minor the Bellman was very helpful.

Posted by , from Blaine, MN, USA on Apr 4, 2013

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4 out of 5

Staff is wonderful!!

The staff at Barcelo are wonderful! Had a great time. Yes, the food is not the best but everything else made up for it. Edwin is wonderful as is Gerald. Would recommend Barcelo. If you go look for Steven on the beach to book your outings. He is great!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012

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4 out of 5

If you want to JUST relax

Nice place, very clean ,nice beach....great place to kick back. or kick back or relax.

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011

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4 out of 5

A very nice hospitality option.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
Barcelo Tambor Beach is all you need to be in contact with wildlife, beach and the best comfort. You can enjoy Costa Rica's best of bests by having dinner at the restaurant, or watching the popular night shows. The resort is very clean, food is great, and the location is very appealing to those who appreciate nature and the best of Costa Rica. Long beaches, lots of palm trees, jungle and bird sanctuary and horse stables right on resort. Many iguanas and beautiful birds to see, and howler monkeys live in the trees of the area. Service was outstanding.

Posted by , from Mexico City on Feb 8, 2011

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3 out of 5

nice looking hotel...

Pros: Quiet
definately not worthy of a 5 star rating..poor quality food...service not exceptional....nice enough but nothing special...should be downgraded to 3 or 4 star...would not go back again. journey to the hotel was good, beautiful countryside and views.

Posted by , from mexico on Feb 7, 2011

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Wonderful !!!!!!!

My son and Daughter in-law took my husband myself and their 2 Boys 11 and 8. We had a marvlous time. The only thing was that the pool could have been cleaner and the rooms were spacious and very comfortable but as the week went on the housekeeping was a little lax with the niceities ie. the towels left on the bed somedays they were there and some not. The staff were more than accomidating and great with the kids. We went ziplinning in Montazuma and that was an experiance that I would not miss the guides were very understanding of the uncertanity that we felt at first safety was top of their list always. They put us at ease and truley cared that we have a great time with them. I would go back in a heartbeat !!! The flight from San Jose to Tambor was great well worth the extra money although we were told that we missed a great trip quotthe sites are amazingquot . And lastly dont forget the 70 SPF no matter how tough your skin is plus it costs $* USD for a bottle at the hotel and in any town that we visited.

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010

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All-inclusive Details

This property is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • Dining availability limited at one or more venues

Activities and facilities/equipment
Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Windsurfing

Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

  • Aerobics
  • Dancing

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 2 and 12 years old


  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Access to offsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Motorized water sports
  • Premium food items
  • Premium and/or non-domestic beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Offsite tours

  • Kayaking included
  • Access to onsite clubs included
  • Access to offsite clubs included
  • Surfing/boogie boarding included
  • Windsurfing included
  • Taxes included
  • All meals served buffet-style
  • Airport transfers not included
  • Premium/non-domestic beverages not included
  • Fitness facilities included
  • Premium food items not included
  • Tennis included
  • Wireless Internet access not included
  • Volleyball included
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services not included
  • Soccer (football) included
  • Childcare not included
  • Motorized water sports not included
  • All available beverages included
  • Offsite tours not included
  • Aerobics classes/lessons included
  • Dancing classes/lessons included
  • Gratuities included
  • All food and beverages included
  • Food and beverage restrictions apply
  • One or more venues limit dining availability
  • Surcharge for premium or imported alcoholic beverages
  • Onsite live performances included

Property Features

Barceló Tambor is an all-inclusive property. Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Other items and amenities, including taxes and gratuities, and access to recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. Barceló Tambor offers its guests a full-service spa, an outdoor tennis court, and an outdoor pool. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a swim-up bar and a bar/lounge. A children's pool, a nightclub, and a fitness center are also featured at the family-friendly Barceló Tambor. Self parking is free. This 4-star Tambor property is smoke free.

  • 402 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Dining venue
  • Nightclub
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Bar or lounge
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Conference space
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Children's club (free)
  • Laundry facilities
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Miniature golf on site


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)


Free self parking


  • Airport: San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) (125.8 km / 78.2 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Barceló Tambor offers 402 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies. Televisions come with premium satellite channels. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • Private balcony
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Private outdoor space
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Barceló Tambor has a restaurant serving breakfast only.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include an outdoor tennis court and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Playground on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Basketball on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Windsurfing on site
  • Scuba diving nearby

Spa Services

The onsite spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include hot stone massages, sports massages, facials, and detox wraps. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

  • Hot stone massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Detoxification wrap
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 6 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10.0 per stay.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 20 per day (rates may vary)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10.0 per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Barcelo Tambor Beach
  • Barceló Tambor All-inclusive property Paquera
  • Tambor Beach Barcelo
  • Barcelo Hotel Puntarenas
  • Barcelo Hotel Tambor Beach
  • Barcelo Tambor Beach Costa Rica
  • Barcelo Tambor Beach Hotel Tambor
  • Barcelo Tambor Costa Rica
  • Hotel Barcelo Playa Tambor
  • Barceló Tambor Resort
  • Barceló Tambor Paquera


Golf Offer

Book a stay in any room or rate category and receive free green fees for guests playing golf.

Full details at check-in. Guests must contact the property in advance to arrange tee time; contact information is provided on the booking confirmation email. Use of golf cart may not be included. Taxes and gratuity may not be included. No refunds for any unused portion of offer. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.