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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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1  Thank De'Borah H
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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.

Room Tip: Don't do crack when shopping for resorts!
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Mark P
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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 reviewResponded 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.

More facts:

-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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Reviewed 26 May 2012

If you are looking for a beautiful, quiet paradise, the Tambor Tropical is the place to stay. The native woods that were used in the rooms were a great touch. It was possible to watch the sunrise from the bed or completely close yourself off from the world. We didn't use the kitchen facilities, but what a surprise to see the beautiful kitchen stocked with dishes, glasses and utensils. Our purpose was to totally chill out - and that was exactly what happened. Strolling the beach, collecting great shells, watching the many varieties of hummingbirds and other birds and wildlife, and just sitting under a shade tree with a cold drink, a great book and the sounds of the waves were among my favorite past times.

I ordered pineapple juice and was surprised to see it made right in front of me with a fresh pineapple. The complimenatry continental breakfast was the best included breakfast I can ever remember. Freshly squeezed juice, toast made with freshly baked bread, plenty of fresh fruit, a huge bowl of granola and yogurt made a very filling and healthy breakfast. For our two lunches and dinners, we had equally great entrees including a great chicken salad and fish tacos.

We didn't try any of the activities like kayaking, yoga or the spa during our stay, but they were available. If you want a peaceful beautiful getaway you will not be disappointed with this resort. The staff, the facility and the setting are great. Muy bien!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank sjpgranville
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

My boyfriend and I have been to other parts of Costa Rica but wanted to try another part of the country. Tambor isn't a touristy location but a great relaxing escape! We could have done more activities but all we did was hang out at the pool, chill on our porch and drink mango daqueries.

The only thing to know is that there aren't other places to eat within walking distance but the food at the resort is good and there're kitchenette in the room.

Overall we absolutely loved the Tambor Tropical and would go back!

BTW - The pics on the resort's site look exactly the same way in person.

Room Tip: We stayed in an upper suite and loved the huge wrap around porch.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank StephanieD706
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