We went to Tan Tar A a few weeks ago for a summer weekend at the lake, having been there several times over the yrs., both when we have had kids along & as a couple. We have also stayed at lot of other places at the lake (Lodge of the Four Seasons, resorts now redone or closed, and at several nice condos). We found the resort to be well kept for it's age and it really offers a lot more to do than most other places around the lake. A lot depends upon the type of accommodation you get. We prefer to stay in one of the main resort "hotel-type" bldgs., although we once enjoyed a lakeside cottage in the fall but it was probably 15 yrs. ago! There is an area called The Estates, but those are larger accommodations located away from the central area and vary in style and size. A resort bus makes runs to that section. Our room this time, as in past yrs., was very clean and well decorated. A/C was good, and we had absolutely no complaints. We did not pay a premium price having chosen a deal offered on their website and we feel the price was very fair.
Besides the golf course & indoor waterpark (which I feel is overpriced for what it is), there is a so-so mini golf area (fee), a not that great bar/lounge off the lobby (they need to take a page out of Lodge of the Four Season's book on that one!), a bowling alley that kids, esp, love, horse back riding for a fee, Sbarro Pizza, Burger King, a little store w/ice cream, coffee, drinks, sundries, etc., and 2 restaurants. There are nice boats for rent, you can pay to have a driver if you want to ski, or you can rent skis or a tube, and there is a large boat that they use to offer scenic excursions on the lake. Also a poolside bar and snack/sandwich house by the lake. Another pool is located part way down the hlll from the main bldgs. before the main, lake one and is quiet.
One thing I wish Tan Tar A would do is tone down the VERY LOUD rock music at the main lakeside pool. It was jarring this yr, and was not really top 40 pop stuff. It had more of a thrashing sound with just a few more popular current songs thrown in once in a great while. Even though we like a lot of newer, popular music geared to teens and young adults, and we are fine w/the sound of little kids having fun on the small water slide and in the pool, the type of music playing was so loud and crashing much of the time that we could not enjoy lying out on a pool side lounger. Each day we ended up on the little beach behind and to the side of the pool, which is a nice place to read or watch boats go by anyway. In past yrs. we did not experience music quite as loud and irritating as this time.
We don't go in for spa services much. I don't think the hall of shops gets all that much business or interest now days. It's kind of a shame, but perhaps in the winter they are busier (?). Too bad but I guess the things carried are not that much in demand? I don't know - maybe they bring in more $ than I think - ?
Black Bear restaurant is nice enough and Wind Rose is REALLY nice. (Some reviewer said it has the same food as Black Bear. Not when we ate there several yrs. ago and not according to their menu a few wks. ago. The Wind Rose is pricey, though!
Some reviewers have complained about the condition of the resort. True, it's older, but they have tried to keep it as updated as they can w/out totally redoing the whole place, I think. At least w/regards to room decor, etc. One common complaint I have seen in the past is it has "spiders". It's tough to control bugs and spiders in such a woodsy environment and we've never had an issue w/them in our room. EVERY resort at the lake gets it's share. How can a resort of this size manage to tear down every spider web on a daily basis? They go up so fast there can be a new one a day later! Spiders have their usefullness, anyway.
Other reviewers freak out over too many HILLS to walk up/down and warn against that. Hey, this is a VERY hilly area! It's what makes it so scenic. On the other hand, I will criticize the fact that there isn't a more obvious effort to offer "rides" down to the pool/dock area, etc. for those who need it or even want it on a hot day. We used to stay at a resort at the lake that has now changed names & has been redone. It used to have young guys in golf carts who would give anyone a lift down to their pool or up to their rooms/condos if they saw you walking and you simply raised your hand for a ride. Sometimes they were on their way to do maintenance and sometimes they just appeared to make the run up and down for this service. I REALLY wish Tan Tar A would provide this. If they do, it's not obvious. One can rent a golf cart by the day, but I imagine that is not cheap! Otherwise, most of us who can still manage can probably use the workout anyway - lol!
We were again treated VERY nicely by those at the check in desk and maintenance staff, in every respect. They say hello in the halls and seem very friendly like they genuinely hope we will enjoy our stay. The young men at the dock did a good job, too. I think at the busiest times (like 4th of July) one is more likely to fine harried staff and maybe not get such nice individual treatment as at times when a place is simply busy but not overwhelmed. We all can only judge based on our own experience, and our's have been good at this resort. Of all the staff, the couple of men (not kids) that were working the bar/snack bar at the main pool on Sat. could have been better and more courteous but they weren't awful.
Lake of the Ozarks is really NOT a place where one can find 5 star hotels (although they do have 5 star golf courses and made a nice attempt at some 5 star, rather exclusive neighborhoods/commiunities like Porto Cima - which is still not quite what it was supposed to be), and most resorts/hotels there will not match up to/those rated 4 star in, say, a major city or int'l. tourist destination. Taking that into account, Tan Tar A is one of the better resorts at the lake and I would rank it a 4 star as compared against the other hotels and resorts in the area. There are just couple of 3 1/2 star resorts at the lake that, due to their ammenities and activities could get a 4 star rating like this one, but there isn't really anything of a 5 star level in the area IMO. At any rate, we'll go back!
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- 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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