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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

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Hotel Description

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

Beachfront retreat

You'll find Nicoya Peninsula and Parque Nacional Curu within a 15-minute walk of this Paquera hotel. Also, Los Delfines Golf & Country Club is within 2 miles (3 km) and Romelia Wildlife Refuge is within 6 miles (10 km).


This all-inclusive hotel features a full-service spa, a nightclub, and a restaurant. Bring the family and enjoy the free kid's club, mini golf, and children's pool. Enjoy the outdoor pool and perks like free self parking and free WiFi.

Superior Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$214* Per night/room Jun 14 - Jun 15

Premium Room (Level Superior)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Barceló Tambor - All Inclusive ratings based on 11 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 - All Inclusive

Everyone (5)
5 out of 5

Posted by on Jan 21, 2023

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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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About the Barceló Tambor - All Inclusive

Location Playa Tambor, Nicoya, Paquera, Puntarenas 60105

All-inclusive Details

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

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities are included.

Food and beverages

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

Activities and facilities/equipment
Land activities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

  • Aerobics
  • Dancing


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

Not included

  • Motorized water sports
  • Premium food items
  • Premium/non-domestic alcoholic beverages
  • Childcare
  • Offsite tours

  • Access to onsite nightclubs included
  • Access to offsite nightclubs included
  • Aerobics classes/lessons included
  • Dancing classes/lessons included
  • Buffet-style meals included
  • Gratuities included
  • Premium/imported alcoholic beverages not included
  • Fitness facilities included
  • Premium food items not included
  • All meals included
  • Tennis included
  • Volleyball included
  • One or more venues limit dining availability
  • Soccer (football) included
  • Childcare not included
  • Surcharge for premium or imported alcoholic beverages
  • Motorized water sports not included
  • All available beverages included
  • Offsite tours not included
  • Onsite live performances included

Property Features

Barceló Tambor - All Inclusive is an all-inclusive hotel. 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 - All Inclusive offers its guests a full-service spa, an outdoor tennis court, and an outdoor pool. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. There's an onsite business center. A children's pool, a nightclub, and a fitness center are also featured at the family-friendly Barceló Tambor - All Inclusive. Free self parking is available. This 4-star Paquera hotel is smoke free.

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

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 1
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 1
  • Children's club (free)
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry facilities
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Barceló Tambor - All Inclusive offers 402 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies or patios. 32-inch flat-screen televisions come with satellite channels. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Paquera hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. 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 or patio
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • 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
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

Barceló Tambor - All Inclusive has a restaurant on site.

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.

  • Basketball on site
  • Playground on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Golfing nearby

Spa Services

Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa, Spa. Services include hot stone massages, facials, detox wraps, and body treatments. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology. The spa is open daily.

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


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Accessible bathroom (in select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (in select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility (in select rooms)
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Barceló Tambor - All Inclusive


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be 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

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system

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 may be 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.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and Diners Club. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast and through room service. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).

  • Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Reservation might be required for some facilities onsite
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Security system
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Property follows sanitization practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Smoke detector
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours

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

You should know

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+ friendly).
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*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.