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“Tambor Tropical”

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Tambor Tropical Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Tambor Tropical”
Reviewed 29 January 2013

If you want a quiet tropical nature resort this is it ! The pool and grounds are beautiful,you have a large open room with a kitchen on one side, bathroom on other with large step down shower. The bed, kitchen ,and bath is elevated one step, so you can lay in bed and look out to the water.Great deck porches.
They have fresh fruit, coffee,cereal, yogurt and wonderful toast breakfast included. I miss it ! Food prices are reasonable, fish is especially good. There is no night life but they do have a small bar by the pool.There are a few places you can walk to in the evening Costa Coral,a beautiful resturant/ hotel ,but pricey, then a small local soda , had good fish cosada dinner there.There is a small grocery store very close,but no rows of gift stores here.
We didn't have a car,so took the local bus to Curu' and Montezuma [shops here] for $2 each way compared to $25-35 by taxi, but be prepared to wait some are on time or up to 30 min late.We really enjoyed the local bus. The office will help you with tours and transportation.
The beach is dark sand, you can walk about 2 miles easily, [ pass the Barcelo ] with low tide. We took a kayak trip up the river with Bruce , saw monkey, lots of birds and huge spiders on a log, good fun.
Only thing I'd change is to have a king size bed.Some units have air conditioning, we had ceiling fans and a stand fan and were comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay at Tambor Tropical.

Room Tip: Not all units have air conditioning.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

We stayed at Tambor Tropical for 5 nights, supposed to be 2 but loved it so much we stayed as long as we could. The rooms were massive, fully equipped and spotless with amazing views of the beach and pool. The pool was perfect temperature 24/7, the staff were very friendly and more than helpful. Overall a great experience of the Costa Rican Pacific Coast. We wish we could come back more often but we are from Australia so very far away. Recommend you staying here!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Malden, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 10 January 2013

We had the best time at the Tropical. The staff is great, very friendly and can not do enough for you. The rooms are huge with a full kitchen and large sitting area. You have a private porch to relax and watch the sunrise and set. Our room did not have A/C which was an adjustment. But hearing the surf, howler monkey's and roosters more than made up for it! If you want the 'big box' vacation where you can close your eyes and be at any Marriott, Hyatt or Holiday Inn in the world, the Tropical is not for you. If you want to relax, chat with other guests, hike or bike and feel like you are truly in Costa Rica this is a great place to be. The food was great, the grounds and pool is immaculate. We loved it and will definetly be back!

Room Tip: All rooms faced the ocean. You can pay extra for a room with A/C. Our bed was a little soft for us...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

Beautiful grounds, cabins were amazing, food was delicious. Wifi in every room. Very relaxing, a good place to go if you want peace and quiet. The AC worked great and the staff was very friendly. There were Howler monkeys on the property.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Southaven, Mississippi, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 October 2012

A paradise within a paradise. Tambor Tropical is located in a rustic, remote, and densely vegetated tropical setting, complete with wild life indigineous to the area. We were awakened every morning by the sounds of the many different native birds and the soothing sounds of the ocean waves rushing upon the beach. We visitied Tambor Tropical during the rainy season (October) which made our stay more alluring and romantic.

The ambience was relaxing, cozy, and truly tropical. The suite decor and designs were archeticual masterpieces, we were surrounded by the many different woods and hand carvings. The staff and management were friendly, courteous, polite, and patient. The grounds were well kept and maintained daily. The food exceeded our expectations and the house keeping surpassed many five-star hotels in the US. The many tourists attractions were offered at different price ranges. We will return to Costa Rica and book our lodging with Tambor Tropical.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Been through this area before and as savy traveler who likes to be comfortable yet rustic this place fits the bill. Let me say that that Ray guy reviewer is smoking crack with his description of the property and amenities. We had an upper room and worth the extra money especially if you want to chill on a private deck. It is low season and it feels like this place is your private villa but I'm sure it can't always be that way. We had the lobster for dinner and knowing how it can be hit and miss but we were very pleased with the how great it tasted and noted that it was a great value in comparison with other restaurants. The free continental breakfast just kept coming and was more than filling. We could tell this was the place to be for dinner as other tourist from different hotels stopped by for food and drinks. I would say it was probably low staff and untrained staff due to the season but they did not seem to motivated to engage but it was pretty slow here and I'm sure they just were not in hustle mode.
All in all if you come here I believe you will find it more charming then most places and unless you are a pretentious tourist you will have a wonderful Costa rica style vacation.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. We arrived to nicely maintained grounds, but were quickly unimpressed. There is no TV, no phones, which makes having to leave your room to go down to the bar everytime you need something quite annoying. The beach is a rocky muddy mess, there were tandem trucks driving by the pool every 15 minutes, and it seems we were the only ones there. When we told management that we were not satisfied and were going to go somewhere else, they said we signed a contract and had to pay in full. Needless to say that did not happen, and we found the resort we were looking for after all. If you are looking for a solitary, feels like you are camping type resort, look no further, just make sure you get a room with A/C, because not all the rooms have it.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Ray P
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MNBTT, Owner at Tambor Tropical Beach Resort, responded to this review, 6 June 2012
Unfortunately, this review includes factual inconsistencies. To be clear, with a verbal review and web-posts in our policies, this guest chose to depart well after check out time on the 3rd day of their 7 night reservation. We refunded the balance of 4 nights. They threatened our staff with a bad review on Trip Advisor if not refunded more. In fairness, their review appears and we appreciate the opportunity to respond with facts.

The guest wanted to cancel their reservation a week prior to arrival noting that we prefer to avoid TVs, as stated at our website. They were told they could cancel allowing their 50% deposit to be valid for a future stay at the hotel. The guest chose to honor their reservation and planned to watch an important TV hockey game at a nearby bar or online.

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-All but two rooms at the resort have air conditioning and are priced accordingly. Our website makes this clear.

-Our beach in front of the resort has no mud. The Pacific side of the country has volcanic sand beaches in most locations and all website photos of the beach reflect the color.

-A truck did drive by the resort four times the first arrival day for the guest. With a complaint to our staff, we stopped the truck immediately. The construction associated with the truck is not typical near the resort and we apologize for any annoyance.

-These guests encountered the same very attentive staff and the same beautiful setting that has been described by many other TripAdvisor reviews. We are sorry they did not enjoy their stay with us, and we will work to exceed the expectations of a great vacation for all guests!
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Property: Tambor Tropical Beach Resort
Address: | 100m East and 75m North from local public school, on beachfront, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tambor Tropical Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tambor Tropical is an intimate boutique beach resort on Costa Rica's beautiful Nicoya Peninsula. Nestled on the on the bay, our resort offers guests a private and luxurious vacation in the less traveled Playa Tambor. Relax in the comfort of one of our 12 spacious beachfront suites, swim in our gorgeous mosaic-tiled pool, indulge in massage treatments, enjoy the cuisine of our full-service restaurant or explore the nearby jungle via many guided adventures. ... more   less 
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Tambor Tropical Beach Hotel Playa Tambor
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