Occidental Tamarindo

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The Occidental Tamarindo is situated in Tamarindo in northwest Costa Rica, near the city center. It stands on a stunning beach and is surrounded by exceptional natural beauty. This small and personal resort with only 198 rooms is located on Tamarindo Bay, and is next to the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas.

This all-inclusive resort offers a peaceful getaway with all the conveniences of the village nearby. Families and couples will also enjoy a host of exciting on-site amenities at this alluring hidden gem that is off the beaten path, in addition to the natural surroundings and safe, clean beaches. With the all-inclusive program, enjoy buffet dining (a la carte dining once per week), a snack bar, and unlimited domestic drinks. Take part in activities around the pool, non-motorized watersports, and live entertainment. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the buffet restaurant, while the snack bar provides poolside food, and the Lobby bar offers cocktails.

Air-conditioned rooms are in pretty Caribbean-style blocks with a king-size bed or two double beds, full bathroom, in-room safe and balcony or patio. The resort has earned the highest CST rating of 5 for Sustainable Tourism, awarded by the Institute of Tourism and the Hospitality and Tourism Industry of Costa Rica.

Relax and enjoy your free time at the spa, or work out at the gym. This hotel is in the ideal location for surfing or kayaking enthusiasts, who will enjoy the quality of the water. Come enjoy this unique spot for sports and nature lovers!

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Located just outside the charming Costa Rican village of Tamarindo.

Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 2     
There is a main pool and a separate pool for children.
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
The Occidental Tamarindo is surrounded by a rich, natural landscape of exceptional beauty. This 5-building complex offers 198 air-conditioned rooms divided between 2 and 3-story units. Resort features include unlimited domestic drinks, buffet restaurant, swimming pool and jacuzzi, gym, non-motorized water sports, a beauty parlor, mini-club, and room service $ from 7:00am-9:00pm. Beach: The hotel is situated on a secluded stretch of beachfront, with an adjacent lagoon that leads into a waterway. Check-in: 3:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm
Total Rooms: 198
Year Opened: 1999 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
No Spring Breakers. 1 dinner at the a la carte restaurant included per week. Additional available at an extra charge.
These spacious suites offer a large living room with a sofa, large windows and a balccony with a spectacular sea view, and a large Jacuzzi. King size bed. Split between two floors.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Modern suites with spectacular sea views. Rooms are split between two floors. King size bed and living room with sofa. Jacuzzi. Balcony.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Spacious and comfortable room with oceanfront view from private balcony or terrace. One king or two double beds.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Spacious and comfortable room with a private balcony or terrace. One king bed or two double beds.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Occidental Tamarindo features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 3 Restaurants at Occidental Tamarindo:
Bahia Buffet - Buffet style restaurant offering different themed nights. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Oceano - Fabulous international cuisine with seafood specialties (including lobster). Choose between an indoor setting with gentle background music, or on the balcony opposite the amphitheater. Reservations required.
Las Baulas - A large variety of snacks in front of the swimming pool. Enjoy live music and different activities brought to you by the entertainment staff. Open 10:00am-6:00pm.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Entertainment Center for children and adults: Beach Volleyball, Mini Soccer, Dance Lessons, Excursions.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Amphitheater, Dance Area, Small stage area by the poolside for nightly entertainment, Big Screen Karaoke.
There is a Mini-club offering activities designed especially for children, and a game room for children.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
Game Room
Babysitting Fee: $
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Tamarindo Barcelo Occidental Hotel
alexnyc0617, Heredia, Costa Rica
Mon Sep 17 06:27:24 EDT 2018
Great hotel for the price. Very affordable! The staff is super sweet & very tentative. The spa is awesome. The drinks are delish!! I highly recommend this hotel specially to families with kids. Check it will NOT REGRET IT.

Great location,stunning views!!
alferina, Windsor, Canada
Sun Sep 16 01:15:41 EDT 2018
We had a great time at this resort!! I travelled with my husband and adult son, family vacation. accommodations were very comfortable, food was good, great location close to town, we walked it quite often but you can cab it for $5. The beach was stunning, lots of fun playing in the waves, great place to watch the surfers and great sunsets. This is not a calm beach for swimming. Lots of chairs at beach and pool and lots of shade under the trees or palapa. The a la carte restaurant was very good. The staff are very friendly and entertaining and work very hard to make your stay enjoyable. There is no in pool bar so bring a bubba keg and you’ll be fine. The liquor is bottom shelf but drinkable, if you want top shelf you have to pay extra. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. I can’t wait to go back!!!

Amazing time!
mike h,
Fri Sep 14 14:18:12 EDT 2018
I had a great time at Occidental Tamarindo. you can't beat this hotel for it's value and location! What I liked: Large pool good for lounging & doing laps Room was very clean with a comfy bed and cold AC Shower was excellent (great water pressure!) Staff was really nice and accommodating Beach is directly connected to the resort and the sunsets are amazing What could be improved: Long lines for drinks if the hotel is busy Gym was small with limited cardio machines

Never again
Thu Sep 13 05:24:21 EDT 2018
The on-line site description and the actual on site visual inspection do not matchThis hotel should be rated as a 3 star hotel and not listed as a 5 starwould not be able to recommend this hotel to anyone I know.

A little too "cruise ship" like for us.
refmom, Sonoma, California
Wed Sep 12 09:10:13 EDT 2018
This hotel had a wonderful staff, from reception to food and beverage. But it's not the hotel for us. The 'cheap cruise ship' mentality prevails here...guests eating and drinking as much as they can get. We actually went into town for dinner both nights we stayed there. The breakfast was great because they had so much lovely fresh fruit. I feel bad for the staff. The location at this beach was great. But you can't get a simple surfboard to use without a fuss. Could have been due to off season. Rooms were not deep cleaned. Mildew on lampshades and in corners. I would not stay here again, however, this hotel would be ideal for some people that like the all inclusive trip.

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