Ratings based on 99 Verified Reviews

3.7 out of 5
65% of guests recommend
4.0 Room cleanliness
3.8 Service & staff
4.1 Room comfort
4.0 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from PA, USA

Beautiful location-do the snorkeling trip

Posted Mar 22, 2017
Awesome overall-reach out to the staff, and your kindness will come back 10-fold. Housekeepers, and Steak house team, Luis and Nino were so kind. Definitely go on the snorkeling boat which picks you up on the beach! Drove to Curu and Montezuma-30 minutes away, not worth a "tour."
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Union Beach,NJ

A must read before booking this

Posted Mar 18, 2017
I want to help another here... So I booked this cause price was great then I realize it's a 3 hour ride from Liberia airport. So we rented SUV( car won't cut it trust me)and drove it. Family of 4. first 2 hrs is pretty easy then the last hour is dirt and rocky roads up and down a steep mountain side.we saw a Tarantula and monkeys, wild dogs and cows. Amazing it turned out to be. It's a lil scarey I'm not gonna lie. But if u follow signs and stay on interstate 21 and just know the cities so u can follow on map as U drive that is key then it's easy. Yes map. Only about 4 gas stations to use. All were on our map from car rental place. Our gps did not recognize anything. I now can say I wouldn't trade it for anything. We will be tAlking about this ride forever. If u like adventures take this ride!!What a memory!! And to really see the country. People were very friendly and helpful when we needed help. If u don't want to drive this I recommend u fly to Liberia then take private plane( $80 one way ) 20 min flight I hear. The runway landing is a lil walk right next to hotel!!!!! Lots of people did this. Hotel had plenty of huts out of sun. Plenty of fun pool activities. Not crowded cause out of usual touristy areas near airport. Will definitely stay here again!!! Very kid friendly hotel!! Ocean was clean and warm prob felt like 85degrees. Black sand beach with no seaweed at all. Lots of good food. Hope I helped someone out there!! go rafting. Tenorio river. 3hrs away from hotel.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from seattle, wa


Posted Feb 3, 2017
Pros: Nothing.
Location: The beaches were dirty and there is not much to do here. We stayed as a stopover because it was close to the airport.
Past reviews were not accurate. Expedia has never let me down but this was a complete fail in their reviews and star rating. The food and beverages selection were low quality and unhealthy. The wine was so bad i could not drink it. AND i did try! more than once. The pool bar was constantly full and overcrowded. Drinks served in flimsy, plastic cups. Cheapest beer and liquor only. The room smelled like mold. The pool and surrounding area were dirty. The activites were completely over promoted. The kids club was a little room outside that did not hold my kids attention. They had my daughter wait in line forever, had me fill out the forms and then denied her to jump on their trampoline. Staff English was very bad and they were not friendly to us. This seems like a very popular and well visited place for local families and groups. Not tourists. As a single mom with 3 kids, i was looking forward to a break and having the kids be occupied. They were bored. And they told me my service dog needed to stay in the room. I didn't bother to argue.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 1, 2017 by Jonathan Monge , Hotel Management
Dear Guest: Although we sincerely regret your disappointment with your stay in our Barceló Tambor, we would like to thank you for sharing your comments as it will help us to identify areas of concern and act immediately so as to enhance our future guests' experience among us. We also regret that our buffet and beverage couldn´t meet your expectations, mainly because the quality and the diversity of our culinary offer counts to our strengths. We take your comments regarding our cuisine very seriously, because we wish that our gastronomy remains a very special treat for our guests. In regards to our swimming pool, we highly regret about your dissatisfactionand and It is my duty to let you know about the use and regulations of the trampoline which is only permitted from seven years old up to seventeen years old. Once again, thank you for your time and despite the issues you have raised following your stay, we hope that Barceló will remain an option for your next holiday and that we will have the opportunity to restore your faith in our company in the near future. Sincerely, Raúl Arranz General Manager Barceló Tambor Hotel
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler

service is not what you expect

Posted Jan 5, 2017
The good: 1- nice place far away from almost anything but local airport 2- food is good buffet and very good in the japanesse restaurant 3- night shows ar ok 4- pools are very clean 5- assistance for third party services is very good Should improve: 1- check in is extremely slow and you have to dig on the services 2- almost no one smiles in this place, they do what they have to do. 3- you have to pay for wifi but don't expect coverage or speed. Average soeedtest was 0.5 Mb 4- Licour included is not good branded (I.e Disco Rum) 5- meat on the steak house is terrible don' even try it. 6- Japannesse restaurant only cold food 7- pool's bar smells bad
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 17, 2017 by Barceló Tambor, Hotel Management
Dear Guest: We greatly appreciate the time you spent to review your recent experience in our hotel, at Barceló we always strive to exceed guests' expectations and your comments will help our teams reaching that goal. Moreover we are glad you enjoyed the beauty of our pool área. We have taken good note of your remarks related to the service you received upon check in and apologize for the exceptional wait you expérienced upon your arrival, we will do our utmost to improve on this aspect of our services and extend our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused to you and your loved ones. We will remind our staff of the importance of maintaining a smile. The access to our Wifi service may be slower during peak hours when many guests login to our network, nevertheless we will pass on your comments to our techincal department for revision and improvement. I must add that the internet is free by booking through our website Please be assured that your comments will be taken into serious consideration and that they will help us to improve our services. Once again, thank you for your time and despite the issues you have raised following your stay, we hope that Barceló will remain an option for your next holiday and that we will have the opportunity to restore your faith in our company in the near future. Sincerely Raúl Arranz General Manager Barceló Tambor Hotel
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Costa Rica

Good Hotel Dangerous Beach

Posted Dec 25, 2016
The hotel in general is good, lots of food bad quality. The facilites in general ara not bad, nice parking and the staff in general is very nice. A large pool and we enjoy the tenis court. It is all inclusive but good liquor or beer got to be paid. We have a terrible experience when we took a kayak from the ocean sports facilities, my son and I took one Kayac land we almost die, the whole thing went wrong, (I do Triatlón so I am use to open waters) we never got any instruction about the this specific Kayac, no lifeguards in the hotel, no assistance of all. We lost the Kayac, we swim to the shore for more than haft an hour. Terrible experience, we have good luck to tell this history. Just don't trust this beach, this hotel, this staff and don't move from your room if you want a safe vacation.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from US

Great grounds and staff, but missing key elements

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Pros: The grounds, the staff, the activities
Cons: The FOOD, the FOOD, the FOOD.
Location: This hotel is kind of in the middle of nowhere. It is close to Montezuma & Curu national park, but that is about it.
This hotel is on beautiful property. The hotel itself is gorgeous. The staff is excellent and very friendly. If you don't speak Spanish, it may be difficult at times to communicate with some staff though. The room was just okay. They use the same tile in the hallways and throughout the hotel as they do within the rooms. This creates a feeling that your room is just another part of the hallway - not great. The activities provided by the hotel are great, plenty to do and see. The food at the hotel, including all three restaurants was not good. We tried everything they offered and the only thing that was really good was the fried snapper. Everything else was very sub-par. When we booked this hotel it was supposed to be adults-only. Apparently that changed in between booking and our arrival. Not only were there children at the hotel, but on the weekend the hotel was completely packed with locals who were very loud into all hours of the night. It just wasn't the atmosphere we were hoping for. Made us feel like we were still in Miami and an over-packed hotel with tons of loud obnoxious people. We did a number of excursions which were all great though. The horseback riding was great, we ended up doing it twice - a 1 hour and 2 hour tour. The tour of Curu park was fantastic. The tour of the Montezuma waterfalls was a little disappointing though. It's a really tough hike and you can't get a great view of the falls unless you are very brave and fit. Altogether this hotel is just okay.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Trip of a life time, loving C.R.

Posted Nov 6, 2016 on Hotels
Our original plan was to stay in Jaco for the duration of time in C.R. but we had a bad experience at the first resort, we checked out early and traveled the coast. Went to Manuel Antonio for a couple of night and then Tambor to finish our stay. What a great decision that was!! We had an amazing experience touring the coast and ending up at Barcelo Tambor!
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from ill

the best vacation ever

Posted Sep 5, 2016
Pros: the environment,friendly staff like the bartenders, cookers, wetters,all the shows personal, Garrard's, the mangers, it is a family environment.
Cons: not thing
Location: well there are lots of torus, that the hotel offer, we went to tambor beach, the church,in curu the Island of the turtles the water full in Montezuma,
the best experience ever,, the first day a very friendly welcome, the front desk, very friendly very helper well explained, the speck any language.
Comment from Hotel Management
Oct 6, 2016 by JonathanM , Hotel Management
Dear Costumer; We are glad that your vacation in our hotel met all your expectations, as well as you had a very nice experience in our facilities. Our staff is willing to give you an excellent treatment. We hope to have you back in our resort. Sincerely , Raúl Arranz Director
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Washington

A decent stay, but miles away.

Posted Aug 9, 2016
Location: The location is pretty remote. There are some ATV tours, snorkeling tours and hiking if you have a car to drive 20-40 minutes away from the resort.
The resort is very close to the beach in Playa Tambor. The pool area was very well maintained and relaxing. Unfortunately, there were many negatives. Barcelo Tambor is about 4 hours from the closest airport and the drive is mostly gravel roads with large pot holes.The hotel staff at the front desk was friendly, but those in the dining hall seemed bothered by any request. The food at all restaurants (especially the included buffet) was average at best. Bars were consistently out of various alcohols to make their signature cocktails which left little options for included drinks. Entertainment in the evenings is 100% Spanish, so if you only speak English, you'll have a hard time enjoying most of it. Also, our AC broke on the second day and it was never repaired. In summary, I would not recommend the hotel.
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 16, 2016 by Channel Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Jeff, Greetings from Barceló Tambor Beach. In regards your questions. The airport has airlines with destination to Tambor leaving from National Airport Juan Santamaria lasting approximately 30 minutes each trip. Thank you very much for the comments, we will work in improving the given service so we can give you an unique and special treatment. We hope to have you back in our resort. It will be an honor to serve you. Sincerely, Raúl Arranz Director General Hotel Barceló Tambor Beach
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Arizona

Family Vacation

Posted Aug 4, 2016
Pros: The food, the beach, the pool, the local tours, everything.
Cons: Maybe just one thing, there should be an elevator for the second floor....especially for elderly.
Location: The location is very convenient. There is a Ferry transportation just 20min away from the hotel.
This hotel is just perfect for your beach vacations. The Food is good quality, it has a lot of variety and there is A LOT of food during the whole day. The pool facilities are good enough, with a kid area separated from the main pool. all nights there is a show for kids, adults and a ice breaking activity that involves people from the audience.....IT IS A LOT OF FUN. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I will return to this hotel the next time I can.
Comment from Hotel Management
Sep 20, 2016 by Channel Manager, Hotel Management
Dear Costumer, We will work in giving an excellent service in each opportunity you will be with us. As well as taking into consideration the made observation about the upcoming installation of an elevator for old people. Likewise, I must add that in regards your comment when reserving in our hotel you can have the rooms in the first floor for a better mobility of old people. Thank you very much for the good comments regarding quality and variety of the offered food, pool area, personal attention. For us it will be a pleasure to have you back in our facilities. Sincerely, Raúl Arranz Director General Hotel Barceló Tambor Beach