I highly recommend Si Como No to anyone who is unsure where to stay in MA. The staff was fantastic, friendly, assisting, polite, doing an excellent job.
The rooms are airconditioned, spacious, and include a little kitchen sink above the fridge. I especially appreciated the little details the cleaning staff did at our room. They organized all our belongings neatly to two stacks by category, one for me and one for my son. They even folded our socks decoratively and sprayed the room with a pleasant scent. What topped it for me, they neatly folded my dirty laundry! Thank you Zaida! I know it was you who folded them.
The hotel is situated on a gorgeous setting overlooking the pacific. The grounds are well maintained, clean, and organized. They actively support ways of operating their hotel in an eco-friendly environment. They have signs in the rooms supporting the energy-efficient ways of operating their hotel. For example they ask your permission to choose whether you wish your bed sheets or towels be changed daily or once during your stay.
The reception staff happily booked all our tours as we got there. I didn't need to pre-book in advance, as I was told that there is almost always availability to book during stay.
I loved the kids' pool surrounded by lush green vegetation looking exotic. It is attached to Rico Tico restaurant which has underwater seats for food and drinks.
Rico Tico has great food. I recommend the Nachos, the Mahi Mahi with shrimp sauce, and especially the guacamole dip (to die for). Their menu could use some expansion however. Every night they had a live 3-member band with very good musicians. There are other restaurants near by too so venture out if you want. Their breakfast has a good selection (try their fried bananas). And the view from Rico Tico to the Pacific is just so relaxing. I never tried Claro Que Si to comment.
Their gift shop is superb. It has a wide variety of gifts and art for sale. Their reading material for sale however (magazines) are WAY expensive though. I paid over $6.30 for Time magazine! Yikes!!!
Accross the street is an animal sanctuary: Butterflies, amphibians, reptiles. You will have to make reservations to go there and the reception will be happy to help out. You have to pay for admission but you get a complimentary entry for the butterfly sanctuary upon check-in at the hotel. You also get complimentary use of internet (in the gift shop) for the first hour of use.
What I didn't particularly like was the bill breakdown. I was expecting a detail breakdown of everything we expensed but it was too general. Like the amount of gifts I bought at the gift shop were lump summed. The tours and food the same. Had I not kept accurate receipts I would have no clue what has been charged and what not. At the same time, on a few transactions during our stay, the staff told me that they keep all the receipts with them to add them all in the end. Ummm, what? I don't get to keep the yellow slip for my records? That's stupid. And ironically, I was talking to another guest the day we checked out and he commented how detailed their bill was. Go figure. Anyway. My advise is keep and request ALL transaction receipts and keep a good record of it.
What I really missed (but would NOT call it a "Con" against the hotel) is no TVs. I realize the objective of staying there is peace and tranquility, with the risk of some guests turning their TV up too loud (which is why no TVs are there) but I am so used to having TVs in every hotel I've ever stayed, I would have loved a bit of down time in the afternoons watching local channels or whatever else is on. Again, not a hotel flaw, but something I wish they had had.
Overall, Si Com No is a THUMBS UP hotel choice and a strong suggestion for anyone staying in Manuel Antonio.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge is a central-Pacific coast resort in the jungle-covered hills just above Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s barefoot luxury with a pura vida vibe, perfect for families and couples who love the beach, tropical adventures, spa, pools, superb dining and four-star accommodations. This award-winning eco-design nature resort & spa offers its guest its own signature version of "barefoot luxury." Panoramic views are yours to enjoy from beautiful balconies looking down from the most idyllic hilltop in the area. Enjoy nearby beaches, Manuel Antonio National Park and the hotel’s private Wildlife Refuge and Butterfly Atrium, adjacent to the property. Renown for warm, friendly service, guests can choose from two excellent restaurants, guided nature and adventure tours plus shopping, fabulous nightlife and our own private cinema. And for Costa Rica weddings and honeymoons, this is where life memories are made, one tropical sunset at a time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Si Como No Hotel
- Si Como No Costa Rica
- Hotel Si Como No Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park