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Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Osage Beach
Reviewed 20 February 2012

We really enjoyed our weekend at Tan-Tar-A. It was during the winter months so there weren't quite as many things to do, but it was a great getaway for a couple. We used the gym, pool, restaurants, and convention facilities. The Bear Restaurant was above average and the prices were reasonable for a vacation location. The gym was clean and had a nice view of the lake. Above all, the service was outstanding. All of the staff from the front desk to the personnel working in the stores were willing to do whatever it took to make our stay positive. Our room was nice, clean and the beds were average. We would definitely stay at Tan-Tar-A again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Having stayed at this resort multiple times, I cringe every time I hear that I must attend a conference here.

The entire resort is built to hug the hills and coastline of Lake of the Ozarks. This means that almost every place involves an uphill climb. Parking is also nearly impossible without a hundred yard hike back and forth between rooms.

Once we arrived, I found out that my room was in a separate building, so we followed the resort map and entered the building door marked with our room series. Wrong Door. We kept following the signs through most of the building, always taunting us and implying that our room was just around the corner. Once we reached the other end of the building, the signs pointed UP. Really? Even in the buildings?

Now this resort has been around for several decades, but they've obviously never heard of installing elevators in buildings that have more than four floors. As a diabetic, by the time I hauled all of my luggage up six flights of stairs to my room, I felt pretty weak and hollow.

The room was typical hotel fair, even though the going rate is almost $300 per night. But close inspection revealed an aging resort, with patched up mistakes instead of new replacements. The tub, for instance looked dirty and stained, but was merely pained over where the porcelain had chipped away.

While old, however, the room seemed clean enough, but I kept thinking of the price they asked for a one night stay... definitely not luxury level.

What was really strange, however, was that everything shut down around 8 pm. In a resort? No pizza, no bar.... nothing. Everything was closed. We jumped in our car and went looking for a bite to eat, but could find absolutely nothing except a gas station that sold old pizza.

This is a dying resort in a dead town. But if you like rock climbing, backpacking, and mountain hiking... Tan-Tar-A should give you an adequate workout. Just don't forget to pack a few energy bars.

Room Tip: Just don't go there. Pack light if you do and be prepared to hike and climb to your room. Don...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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5  Thank etherius
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

This has been a good resort over the past 30 years. It is need of some serious renovation. Rooms are starting to look old. Need to have more family friendly places to eat.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

I concur with many of the reviews on this site. The resort, while nestled in a beautiful area (A+ for the surroundings), is outdated in both the rooms and the main resort building. My room had some minor cosmetic issues (wallpaper peeling, a chandelier light fixture that looks like it was purchased in 1980), but my room was clean and the bed was comfy. Old style tube TV, plus in-room fridge, mini coffeemaker, pullout couch, table, chairs, and bed was in the room.

There are many hills and stairways that will give you a bit of a workout as you are on the grounds.

There is a Sbarro pizza place, Burger King, and a couple of restaurants on site. Pricing is typical of resort pricing, a tad higher than usual, but I enjoyed my breakfast at the Black Bear Restaurant.

Service is pretty good, polite, helpful, nice.

I was here for a conference, so the location was great for that. I have stayed off site before - I could recommend the Holiday Inn Express if you decide to stay off site - but the convenience of staying at the resort is well worth it.

It's a decent place that is clean and comfy, but desperately needing upgrading.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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3  Thank ROBnMO
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

My mother and I went to the lake for the weekend to shop at the outlet malls. We have stayed at Tan-Tar-A almost annually for the past 7 years. Tan-Tar-A has always taken care of us whether we stay for the weekend or the week. The price was more than right - we stayed Saturday night for $134 (including tax) AND it included two breakfast tickets to the delicious breakfast buffet. We arrived a little early on Saturday and the room they put us in was on the first floor and looked at a wall. We called the front desk and they were able to move us to the 6th floor with a better view. After shopping all day we were tired so we ordered pizza at the Sabbaro's located in another building for dinner. We opted to walk to pick it up and ate in our room. It was the perfect weekend. We are actually planning to go back next month.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

Stayed for an annual conference. The staff is very helpful. The place is very affordable and they cater to large events. The biggest negative is that it is so far to walk from meeting rooms, resort rooms, dining, and shopping. So many stairs and hills to climb that the place is best for the physically fit. Parking was good. Bed was very comfortable. Rooms are large and ours had a lake view, sofa and refrigerator. Mirror in the room was mounted 6 feet in the air and was even too tall for my over 6 foot tall husband to see. That was kind of weird. Food in the restaurant and the catered meals was excellent. Food at the onsite Burger King is not up to par with the franchise.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the lake. The rooms with the numbers in the 80's, (580, 682, etc.) have n...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank lm_jt_09
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

We stayed there for 3 nights during thanksgiving weekend. The resort is in a very nice location. We had a lake view room with a nice balcony. Rooms are huge. There are plenty of restaurants inside the resort. They have breakfast buffet,real good food. Its also a very kids friendly place.
Pros: Huge room, affordable, extremely friendly stuff, easy check out option, great location.
Cons: Its a really old resort. They need some serious renovation. The room had some old wooden furnitures and box TV. The decor is also extremely old fashioned. If they renovate this place a bit, it will be a real great resort. Also, it needs to be cleanlier.
Tips: If you are looking for some family fun with kids, highly recommended. If you are looking for romantic gateways, I would not recommend this place.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark

Address: 494 Tan Tar a Drive, Osage Beach, MO 65065
Region: United States > Missouri > Lake of the Ozarks > Osage Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Osage Beach
Price Range: $143 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark 3*
Number of rooms: 700
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Tan-Tar-A Resort, we provide guests endless excitement with an abundance of year round recreational activities in a casual and relaxed resort setting with an experienced team of friendly staff. Conveniently located on the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri,Tan-Tar-A Resort offers a great value for families, couples, and conference attendees with:- Exciting water adventures including wave runners, and ski, pontoon & paddle boat rentals- Wet, wild indoor family fun at Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark- 27 holes of championship golf with tree-lined fairways, rolling hills and breathtaking vistas of the Lake of the Ozarks- The "Bears Den" Arcade, guided horseback trail rides, miniature golf, a bowling alley and two outdoor tennis courts provide guests of all ages a variety of fun experiences- Seasonal supervised fun for kids ages 4-12 at "Kids Kabin" and "Camp Tan-Tar-A". While the adults are golfing or enjoying a romantic day at the spa, the kids can have the times of their lives with a variety of affordable fun activities2- Windjammer Spa and Salon is the place to spend a day nourishing your body and soul in an intimate, relaxed setting- 9 restaurants & lounges available to suit every palate and pocketbook, from hardy casual Ozark favorites to lakeside dining- Over 90,000 square feet of customizable indoor meeting space with 30 meeting rooms,as well as multiple scenic outdoor venues- Experienced, down-to-earth conference planning team offering solutions to unique group events- Personalized, custom wedding services, down to the last detail ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tan-Tar-a Resort, Golf Club, Marina And Indoor Waterpark
Tan-Tar-a Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark Hotel Osage Beach
Osage Beach Tan Tar a Resort
Tan Tara Resort
Tan Tar Hotel Osage Beach
Tan Tar Resort Osage Beach
Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark Osage Beach, MO - Lake Of The Ozarks

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