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Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 67 Hotels in Santa Marta
Certificate of Excellence
Flinton, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Hotel by the Sea”
Reviewed 12 April 2011

We are just back from a three day weekend at the Tamaca. I was worried about the construction noise from previous Trip Advisor posts. True the 5th floor is under major construction, but we did not hear any construction noise over the weekend. Maybe during the week, it is different. I would definitely go back to this hotel. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

Though, unless someone in your party speaks Spanish, I do not recommend this hotel. No one speaks English. It is a small hotel with beautiful outdoor space. There is a beautiful fountain installation and lovely outdoor dining. The pool is not crowded with room to put your chairs in the water on a shelf made for such things. The hotel is beach front and all rooms have a sea-facing view. Some rooms only have windows and not balconies.

If you have not traveled to Colombia, one thing you should know is that Colombians like their music and they like it loud. There may be some noise from the beach that filters in – be prepared. I am surprised this is not a nation of deaf people. Inside the rooms, the AC unit is quiet and functions very well.

If you want to snorkel, ask for Frank Martinez at the front door. He is a taxi driver with great skills and a good knowledge of the out of way beaches (though he does not speak English). He took us to Playa del Muerto in the Tayrona National Park (it requires a short (5 min) boat ride). It is some of the best off the beach snorkeling I’ve ever experienced. The coral is fabulous and in good shape. .. likewise with the fish population. A real find!

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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White Plains, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2011

This was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, it's more a motel than a hotel, I have stayed in motels travelling in the US that are much better than this lousy hotel, and you pay for at least a 3 to 4 stars in the US, it's pathetic! what a joke, don't ever stay in this place, I have no idea how anyone will ever return to this cheap motel and paying the prices they charge, definitely he people in charge they need to look in the dictionary and find out what a hotel is,from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk into your room, bed, bathroom sheets, bed cover, bad frame furniture, everything is at best a motel 6 in the US. Stay away from this lousy place, there's nothing attractive in el Rodadero. lousy beaches, people are loud, if you go to the beach you have people constantly bothering you to buy something, when you walk in the streets it's the same, I really have no idea why any foreign would go to this place.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2011

I've travelled around the world, staying at all sorts of hotels, from 5 star to no star, and this is the first time I've written a review with a complaint.
The hotel has 5 floors with 18 rooms on each floor. The 2nd and third floors have been remodelled and are nice. We stayed on the fourth floor which is an older renovation, but still OK. The fifth floor is currently being remodelled Monday thru Friday from 8 to 5, with extensive hammering and pounding. The sixth floor is like a dungeon, that hasn't been renovated in decades. Our first room was on the third floor west side, which over looked the roof of the restaurant and the sea view was blocked by trees, They moved us to the sixth floor east side which was unacceptable, They then gave us a room on the forth floor east side, which had a nice view of the ocean, however the construction was directly over head. the room could not be enjoyed during the hours of 8 to 5 due to the noise.
A couple of other problems with our room was the volume of noise from the air conditioner and the lack of control of the AC unit, it was either full blast or off. Another problem was the windows. The wind blows fairly hard at night, the wind was making a loud howling noise when the windows were closed, it was so bad we had to leave the windows open at least 6 inches to cut down on the noise. This created noise problems from the beach due to the dogs barking and people playing soccer at 5 am.
Some good points
- the employees were very helpful and nice
- the pool is clean, large and well laid out
- the beach is large, clean and not crowded during the week

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2011

The beach resort is in a great location right on the beach itself and is a hotel of a good standard and I enjoyed the amenities. The staff apart from reception are super friendly and are of great help. I would suggest you need good spanish as most of the reception and excursion team dont speak good english. AVOID THIS HOTEL IN HIGH SEASON as its not worth the doubled price.

The beach resort is NOT the same as the Torre Norte which is 100 yards down the road. I spent the first night in this barely better than a Hostel for which I was charged only 60k pesos less than the beach resort and the experiences are not comparable in the slightest. Avoid the Torre Norte as its simply not worth the money.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 20 December 2010

Very good, with all facilities needed. Clean and confortable. Good Location. Excelent restaurant. 4 stars fit perfectely

Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort
Address: Cra 2 #11A - 98, El Rodadero, Santa Marta 57, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Marta
#5 Family Hotel in Santa Marta
Price range (per night): $147 - $706
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
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