Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark Osage Beach
Tan-tar-a in the Spring
I spent one weekend the last week in March 2004 at Tan-tar-a with my significant other and two 8 year-olds. It is an older property, but appears to be clean outside of a little dust in corners--that sort of thing.... We had a one-bedroom cabin-like suite with balcony and a view of the lake. It also included our own barbeque grill and a kitchenette.
The location of the resort is very very nice and relaxing. I was a little put off about the card in the room that alerted us to the creepy crawler problem (including scorpions and brown recluse spiders--but then again, it is a lake property); however, I can appreciate their letting us know. I kept looking for bugs and shaking everything out the entire time we were there. No shoes on the floor for us. Didn't want anything crawling in them. (Needless, to say, I was probably a little over paranoid.... Too much living in the city) We left 70 degree weather in KC and in the 3.5 hours it took to get there, it was raining cats and dogs and about 20 degrees cooler. We checked in and went to dinner at the Win-Rose restaurant. It was a very romantic setting; unfortunately, we were both served spoiled steaks. I was surprised since the salad and bread basket were good. My strip steak smelled so awful that I didn't even have to bend down to smell it. However he tasted a bit of his filet mignon which he did not swallow because it tasted spoiled. We sent the steaks back. And didn't reorder any replacements. They took off the cost of the 2 steak dinners, but we felt that the entire dinner should have been on the restaurant. We were rally disappointed. I had printed off the menu on-line two weeks earlier. The chef should have clearly smelled those steaks while they were cooking--the smell was that bad!!! We figured the original cost of the check would have been about $95. I sampled the kids' spaghetti and chicken fingers seemed to be okay though. After dinner the kids and I enjoyed the last two hours of the waterpark while Mr. Adult Male went stayed in the room for some R&R and a Burger King combo to for dinner.
The waterpark is somewhat small, but the kids enjoyed themselves.
Needless to say, a trip to the Burger King for ice cream was a nice treat for the kids! Burger King and Sbarro's pizza were both very convenient. You can even get breakfast at Burger King if you don't want to the the sitdown restaurant.
Later that night I sat on the deck by myself and noticed that the sky had cleared up completely. The stars and full moon were beautiful against the sparkling lake. The peacefulness and calm I experienced was wonderful! The following morning, after a few clouds that apparently came in during the night had burned off, the sun was shining and it was 78 degrees all day. Just perfect and beautiful!!!! The kids and I ate at the breakfast buffet at the Black Bear Lodge for $9.95 adult price and $4.95 child price which was fresh and good. We ate our fill and went to the Premium Outlet Mall. The prices were really great! We returned to pick up the late sleeping adult male after noon and went back to the mall. By the way, he told us he found a brown recluse spider in the folded and hanging towels when he showered. Yuck! Glad it wasn't me.... We ate dinner at Bentleys steakhouse. It was pretty good.
We returned to the resort a little after dusk and and did the waterpark again. I got a chance to see more of the resort as I couldn't find a soda machine. That was really inconvenient. It took me almost an hour to get a Coke. The outdoor pool(s) and marina will be nice once it is warm enough for them to open. On Sunday morning we woke up to overcast skies and a constant rain. I didn't want to leave, but it was checkout time. We ate again at Bear Lodge. They were serving brunch for $15.95.
It was also very good. A great selection for the price. I'm used to paying double the price for brunch. But it was simple and fresh.
Before breakfast, we used the express checkout in our room via television, that was great. The resort was nice. I enjoyed it. Outside of the bad steaks in the Win-Rose, there was that vomit smell in the bathroom area that was mentioned in one of the other reviews. I wonder if it was bug spray or something they clean with--maybe we just got the same room.... but it aired out somewhat as we left the door open to the deck quite a bit. I only saw one other bug, a brown spider on the ceiling on Saturday nite--remember I was looking for bugs... I couldn't tell what kind it was... I left it to the man of the house....
Oh, and the Black Bear Lodge also has an all you can eat buffet dinner, we didn't get to sample that, but the menu's we saw looked great--one was an all you can eat prime rib buffet! And if the dinner is as good as the breakfast, you couldn't go wrong. We will definitely try the lodge for dinner next time.
Would I go back again? Definitely. I would just request another room if the smell was there again. The layout and activities of the resort are very nice. It's a little pricey, but if rustic accommodations and convenience, rest and relaxation at the lake with activities for the kids is what you are looking for, Tan-tar-a is has it. I am pleased with my weekend! We are going back with a group of friends and family in a couple of months when the pools are open and the sun is shining every day....
Over-rated and in need of updating
Just got home from a family vacation and was terribly disappointed of this resort. Luckily we just stayed one night and didn't get rip-off more than what we did. We paid $120 that night for a room that had gigantic water stains on the ceiling, peeling paint in the bathroom and a heater that needed fixed when we arrived in our freezing room. My wife and I came to the conclusion that all they are after is the almighty dollar by charging $15-$20 to use their new waterpark, charging people to bowl on outdated lanes etc. instead of fixing up the rooms that are in a dire need of repair. To me this place is way over-rated and families would be better off going to the Wisc. Dells and spend their hard earned cash their instead of here.
We visited Tan-tar-a in March 2004.Prices were reasonable for room/season.Disappointed that we could hear most of what the next room occupants were saying.Indoor waterpark disappointing for children over 9-10 years old,but being able to go day of check-in and part of next day made the $ 15 price reasonable. Couldn't believe observers are charged $7.50 to watch their kids though.Staff were pleasant and helpful at resort. Only one restaurant open so after a few meals there we had to drive to Osage Beach for variety.Parts of resort in need of updating especially the bowling lanes. Only 2 of the 8 lanes can have bumpers so if your kids need them there may be quite a wait . Overall ok .
I just spent a week end at the resort on business in the off season. I am going to go back with my family in the warmer weather. Some of the facilities were a little dated, but everything was nicely located for a business conference. The only complaint I had was the staff. I found only one helpful person on the hotel staff that was not rude during this weekend. However the resturant and lounge employees were very pleasant. We'll see if it is as good on a family vacation.
Wonderful for a single dad
we have stayed here for 3 years in a row and have fell in love with the varity. my daughter rides horses while my son and i went on a guided fishing trip. and they loved the sports facilities. and choice of indoor or outdoor pool.
We had a pretty good time
We stayed here to celebrate our honeymoon. Our stay was okay. I used the spa and really thought it was reasonably priced for a spa. The staff there was very friendly. We also ate at all but one of the eating establishments. We were very very pleased with the food. (except Sbarros-it was just okay) Our check-in was very easy. Our room was located with others right on the lake. We had no problems with noise, but there was a slight insect problem. I found a few in the bathroom (which is right by the front door). We did however encounter a problem with the in-room babysitting. This was the whole reason we went to this place. We had planned on using the marina and doing some parasailing.
We were told that they needed 24 hours advance, we gave them 48. I also called prior to our trip to request this. The receptionist told me to wait until I arrived to ask for the service. They told us they would continue trying to find someone. Finally when it was a few hours prior to our reservation, we called the activities desk to ask if they had found anyone. The woman was snippy and told us they said they would leave a message on our room phone. We explained to her that we had made reservations and also given them ample time to locate someone. She said there was nothing she could do. We then spoke with the manager at the front desk. He was very polite and made some calls himself. In the end, they found no one and we asked to be refunded for a full night's stay.
We left shortly after that. (a day early) We were really happy with everything else, but I gave it an average rating because of the babysitting incident. The activity desk staff could use some customer service training. I do not know what the other rooms look like that are located inside the main buildings, but ours was fairly nice. The kitchenette was definitely a plus with a baby. Family friendly place.
We will most likely go back.
We were highly disappointed with the entire resort. While it was nestled in beautiful surroundings, the rooms in the resort had paper thin walls, bugs in the bathroom, and was very noisy. The staff was rude and unconcerned with the problems we encountered. The "activities" were very expensive, rarely available, and overall a rip-off. I will never recommend or stay at this overpriced, overrated "resort" again.
Loved estates sales
The other review is right on the money! Estates Sales does a nice job.
We have stayed with them numerous times and their rooms are always clean and nice. A little hassle to check in after hours but cheaper than staying with TanTarA Resort. Would recommend them to anyone staying at TanTarA.
Stay with Estates Sales & Property Management
Estates Sales & Property Management is a small business across the street from Tan Tar A that rents homes in the Estates part of Tan Tar A Resort. Our unit had a hot tub and was very nicely decorated. Very clean and the staff treated us like we were family. We come to Tan Tar A a couple times a year and this was our first time staying in one of Dave Huffman's homes. It was clean and cheaper that staying with the Resort. We paid $179. per night for a one bedroom suite with a hot tub and screened in porch. We have already booked for next spring! Anyone staying at Tan Tar A should check out what this company has to offer.
I expected more...
I had always wanted to stay here so we did this past Fourth of July.
Everyhting was great except the room and the parking garage smelled of vomit. I am not sure if I would stay here again.
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