Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino Review

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The all-inclusive Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino is located on the sublime tropical Tambor Beach in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica. Situated on the Pacific Coast, this resort will have you covered whether you want to relax on the beach, enjoy the 4-star hotel or gamble at the on-site casino. Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino is owned by the renowned Spanish Barceló Hotel Group.
Located just 3.2 km away from Tambor Airport, you can literally travel between the two in less than five minutes by car or taxi. Alternatively, you can make use of a direct shuttle service between the airport and the Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino or arrange a car rental if you plan on exploring more of Costa Rica by yourself.
Playa Tambor Beach is just 32 meters from the resort, while other attractions are in close proximity. The main attractions include the Los Delfines Golf Club and the Curu National Park. Furthermore, you could enjoy some island cruises, a trip to the Macaw Nature Sanctuary or enjoy many of the hiking tours such as the Sky Mountain Canopy.

Casino at Barceló Playa Tambor Resort

While the resort at the Barceló Playa Tambor is fairly large, the casino within it is actually quite small in size. Open from 7 PM to 2 AM each night, this casino is usually populated with tourists that have come to enjoy the many sights of Costa Rica and of course the tropical climate. These will generally be casual gamblers, so the atmosphere should generally be light-hearted.
You will find a small selection of tables and a little more than a dozen gaming machines that players can enjoy. Most games will be low stakes here as the casino is not really aiming its services at the more serious gamblers.

Table Games at Barceló Playa Tambor Casino

There are 4 gaming tables at the Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino and these will run a mix of traditional table games mixed with some local favorites. One of those tables will be an American Roulette table which is often one of the more popular games on the casino floor. A single blackjack table also attracts a crowd of players and a good atmosphere among the tourists at the resort.
Caribbean Stud Poker and Tute are the two other tables you will find at the casino in the Barceló Playa Tambor Resort with the latter being a Spanish trick-taking card game. If you have not played Tute before, it might be better to just avoid that table unless you want to take the time to learn the rules.

Slots and Video Poker at Barceló Playa Tambor Casino

With only 14 gaming machines dotted around the casino floor, these might be your preferred choice for some casual gambling. There are no progressive jackpot slots here and the limits on the machines will generally be quite low – but you will find plenty of enjoyable video slots from some of the worlds leading slots developers.
The slot machines here are all very modern and well maintained. With such a small number of machines, they are often well-populated by tourists.

Hotel and Accommodations at Barceló Playa Tambor Resort

The Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino has 402 elegantly decorated rooms that will all have either a balcony or terrace. Inside the rooms, you can expect stone flooring, air conditioning, LCD TV’s, WiFi, room service and a laundry service. Other hotel amenities you can enjoy include a gym, beauty salon, amphitheater, nightclub and a luxury spa.
There are 3 bars at this resort with one being a popular pool bar that will you allow to relax as you enjoy your vacation. It is important to note that checking in cannot be done until 3 PM on the day of your arrival while you will have to check out before 12 PM on the day of your departure.

Restaurants at Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino

You will never go hungry at the Barceló Playa Tambor Resort & Casino as you have the choice of two à la carte restaurants, a buffet and plenty of bars scattered around that will offer up snacks as you enjoy a quiet drink.
The Miyako Japanese Restaurant will provide you with a delicious menu of Japanese inspired dishes and cuisine. El Rancho Steak House is your other option and here and this will cater more to Western palates. Both restaurants are open between 7am until 10pm with breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes being served at different times.

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