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Barcelo Tambor

Playa Tambor, Tambor 771-1150 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 20-06-24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Barcelo Tambor
Updated 20-06-24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 6 hotels in Tambor

Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Tambor, Barcelo Tambor is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its family-friendly environment and proximity to great restaurants, Barcelo Tambor makes it easy to enjoy the best of Tambor.

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and Barcelo Tambor Costa Rica makes getting online easy as wifi is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the all-inclusive resort, including a concierge and room service. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Italian restaurants, including Costa Coral Restaurant and Mar y Sol, all of which are a short distance from Barcelo Tambor.

Barcelo Tambor Beach is sure to make your visit to Tambor one worth remembering.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Paid wifi
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Bay View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
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p9m77ho8w4 wrote a review Jul. 2021
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
too much money for this kind of service, there is nothing else to do after 1030 pm, the pool closes at 7 pm, my room had a leak on the roof, the attention at the wet bar was terrible. Too long lines for lunch and breakfast, as there was no coordination to open the other restaurants for these meals.
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Review collected in partnership with Barcelo Hotels & Resorts
Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
SilCapp wrote a review Jun. 2021
southern california11 contributions15 helpful votes
We traveled to this resort our family wedding/honeymoon party of 40 or so by chartered bus and I must say that the beginning check in and checkout process was completely exasperating & dysfunctional. THE CHECK INN; we could not have been attended by a more incompetent, inexperienced person. To begin, for our immediate group, I reserved three rooms. Room #1 for 3 and of course paid for 3. Rooms 2 & 3 for 2 only, total of 7 paid for in 3 rooms. Although we expected additional family members but at the time were not sure of who or the count. I just thought we would pay for the additional family members upon check in. Sounds Simple. Not to our check in attendant, a complete short circuit, and cannot blame a language barrier, for I was 1 of 2 gringos in the party, the rest of the party are all Costa Rican. Now let us practice some third-grade math, 7 people paid for as shown on the itinerary, we arrived with 9 for theses rooms. (4 per room is their max) Balance, 2 people for 3 days at $50 (internet price) $300. This poor girl could not put this together and after 45 minutes and 9 trips “through the door” to discuss with management, I assume for further directions (we made a game of counting her trips “Through The Door”) After the second trip, you would think someone more knowable would have taken a hand off and accommodated us. NO. In the end they charged us $256, 2 at adult rate, 1 at child for the 3 days. Only one close to child was our daughter at 13 who I already included in our original reservation of three, at adult rate. THE STAY; OK, off to our holiday. I been here before 6 years ago and many other Costa Rican All Inclusive resorts and do consider this property sub standard to the others, but to be fair in is a fair bit less expensive…THE CHECK OUT Here is where it gets ugly. Upon checkout they insisted we underpaid and owed one additional night for the additional people in our group and also others in our party who planned their reservation pretty much the same. NOW management gets involved, for one thing only, to collect, not review. I steeped out of it and let our CR group handle it. It was starting to get a bit loud, in Spanish of course. Now with our bags flanked by security personnel, our chartered bus waiting and a 12:30 ferry boat to catch, my group conceded and paid an additional $202. Long and short of it, we paid $158 more than we should and were treated in a most disrespectful and unyielding fashion…IN CONCLUSION; I travel to CR 3 to 4 times a year and the Barcelo San Jose is my “go to” hotel and usually book my stay there. We stayed there for 2 nights before this farce along with the wedding couple who booked a suite for their wedding night. HOW can you have a well-run 4-star hotel on one end of the country and this off the rails joke at the other bearing the same name? I’m afraid I can no longer book the Barcelo, San Jose out of principal alone, although I enjoyed many stays there in the past. I hope I did not bore you with our story but it had to be told.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Michael D wrote a review Jun. 2021
Southwick, Massachusetts2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our 2nd stay here. First time was about 5 years ago. The hotel rooms have gone into a state of immediate need of upgrade/ repairs. The tub didn’t drain, everything had black mold on it and there were many layers of paint and caulking on everything. Dead bugs all over, long hairs on everything, stained sheets. We couldn’t wait to leave. We asked if our room could be changed, but the offered a room across the hall that was equally as gross. The food is very subpar and it was very hard to find anything that was edible. We mostly ate pineapple and watermelon. The staff seems like they’ve given up. I realize that Covid has probably hurt this resort, but that time could’ve been used to make some much needed upgrades. One night the buffet didn’t even open for dinner.. no warning or anything. And for the other restaurants, a reservation is needed. Everything here was last updated circa 1990.
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Review collected in partnership with Barcelo Hotels & Resorts
Date of stay: June 2021
Sleep Quality
smbapr wrote a review Jun. 2021
Costa Rica2 contributions
The Barcelo Tambor is my "go-to" place. I park my car and just relax. With the Premium Level you feel like royalty (or at least rather well-to-do). For a small addition cost per night you enjoy lots of extras. Its my solution to cure any desire to go on a cruise. Its all inclusive without the worry of getting stuck at sea somewhere without the ability to disembark. After a 70 minute ferry ride, thirty minutes later I can park my car and not even think about looking for something to do. Once there I don't have to think about another thing other than booking my ferry ticket in advance for the trip back home. All Covid-19 protocol was strictly followed and I could maintain distance, keep safe and briefly escape the four walls of my home.
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Review collected in partnership with Barcelo Hotels & Resorts
Date of stay: June 2021
Sleep Quality
Bryan Munoz wrote a review May 2021
San Jose, Costa Rica3 contributions
This time we paid the premium level, the difference in price was almost nothing compared with a normal room. It is a good deal as you get reservations for the restaurants every night, access to the premium lodge ( where you get great food and service at any moment of the day or night ) and a room with ocean view. Only thing to improve is the Italian restaurant which is bad, you need to ask someone to come and ask for your order, the waiter service was not good and the food either.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$150 - US$300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Barcelo Tambor
What are some of the property amenities at Barcelo Tambor?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Barcelo Tambor?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Barcelo Tambor?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Barcelo Tambor?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Barcelo Tambor?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vista Hermosa B&B Restaurant, Mar y Sol, and Costa Coral Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Barcelo Tambor?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Barcelo Tambor have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Barcelo Tambor offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Barcelo Tambor?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Barcelo Tambor offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Barcelo Tambor have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Barcelo Tambor accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.