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“Great boutique Hotel - there may be better options” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Si Como No
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Granite Bay, California, United States
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52 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great boutique Hotel - there may be better options”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

There are a lot of hotels in the Manuel Antonio area - this is clearly one of the better ones. Fabulous views, two nice restaurants, decent pools (one with a modest water slide) and a movie theater on premises made it pretty family friendly.

Even though everything was terrific - I kept looking around at the other hotels in the area thinking there might be better in the area. Plus the location that gave it such a great view, put most everything out of walking distance.

HOT TIP - The "nature park" across the street is a must see. You might see more there than in the jungle trip.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Jim S
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear Jim S:

Greetings from sunny Manuel Antonio beach ! We appreciate you taking the time to share your Si Como No experience. As a boutique resort we have many facilities available for our guests that we're proud to say all fall under the Certification of Sustainable Tourism (CST) including our Cala Spa, THX Movie Theater, family and adult pools and restaurants. We trust that these are perhaps some of the good reasons you choose us besides our Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge with Interactive Butterfly Gardens, Crocodile Lagoons and popular Jungle Night Tours. We hope you'll come back again or enjoy our other brands that are all part of "Greentique Hotels.
Best regards
Dennys Quiros
Operations Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

When you drive up to Hotel Si Como No you may be disappointed. From the road it doesn't look like much. Then you enter the lobby and look out over the jungle to the ocean. You sense this might be more than what it looks like from the road. Once you check in the friendly staff takes you to your room, past the pool - you know you made the correct choice of hotels!
The hotel is a wonderful blend of luxury and green. Our room was large with a million dollar view. It was hard to leave my balcony some mornings as the jungle below was so alive with sounds and monkeys running through the trees or to simple look out to the blue Pacific.
The hotel is great. I almost felt like we were staying in a tree house.
The restaurants are good. The breakfast each morning is hearty and typical "tico". The staff is great. Soon they get to know you and what you like and how to best serve you. They are friendly and make you feel like a welcomed guest.
I enjoyed the pool and time at the pool bar with the friendly iguana that roams the pool.
We tried the spa and it was heaven!
The front desk was helpful with arranging tours for us or making dinner reservations.
I loved how close we were to nature. Almost daily monkey ran thru the hotel complex stealing dinner from planters. It was great fun and some great photo ops.
I love this hotel and hope to be back - it's a perfect blend and says "Costa Rica"!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank James S
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear James S:

“Enjoy the Magic of Nature!” has been our motto and philosophy throughout our twenty years of delivering our brand of Sustainable Hospitality, and every time we get a review like yours, it is truly rewarding that we continue to be able to convey the exceptional Costa Rican Experiences to our guests. Costa Rica is “Pura vida! and the good nature of its inhabitants is our most treasured commodity.
Thank you again for your comment and we hope to have you again as our guest in the near future here at our resort our at Villa Blanca Cloud forest Hotel or Aguila de Osa Inn near Corcovado National Park.
Best regards
Dennys Quiros
Operations Manager
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great service. Front desk people very helpful. Room clean and large. We stayed in the suite.
Great vistas of the ocean. Loved the Adult Pool. Noone at the adult pool but us. Could not tell it was a Presidents Week since all the children were at the family pool. Great breakfast. Even had a guest at the breakfast....large iguana. The food next door at Claro Que Si was fantastic and went back for the Maji Maji

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank bjthaler
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear BJThaler:
Thank you very much for staying with us at Si Como No . We appreciate you recognize our customer service which we're proud to say still average a 98% hotel guests rating of good to excellent.
We hope to see you back with us again soon or with our other members of Greentique Hotels in the Osa Peninsula, at Aguila de Osa Inn, or in San Ramon at the Villa Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve.
Best regards
Dennys Quiros
Operations Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

I dont know how the other hotels in the area are, but you are literally on a hill. You feel like you are in a jungle. You hear the monkeys in the AM. and you might see them from your room or pool. Also saw iguanas, and giant guinea pig (dont know name). Keep in mind bc its on a hill, you may have a lot of climbing to do. Rooms 38 & 39 are the furthest from lobby. I dont know if that was the reason there was no internet in those rooms or wether this is a problem throughout. I was traveling w teenagers, and they were upset there was no TV in the room. BIG PLUS; shuttle to M.A. beach, movies shown at night of which we enjoyed all 3 nights, adult pool, they let you take beach towels to beach and they have a nice butterfly garden. WISH LIST: internet in room, tv, and wish hotel was on the beach. I thought restaurant was prcey and food was avrge.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank eastbay2
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear Eastbay2:
Thank you for your positive feedback and we appreciate your opinions on the Cons as well. Although we've never featured a TV in our resort, we do have satellite TV in the pool bar and restaurant and Satellite Special Programing in the private THX movie theater. Fortunately with 30 adventure activities offered, including our own 12 Ha. Private Wildlife Refuge, with Interactive Butterfly Gardens, Crocodile Lagoons, and Jungle Night Tours , we seem to provide plenty of activities to choose from. We apologize that WIFI was not up to speck, but always available in public areas and most rooms balconies that varies with signal strength due to our jungle topography and architecture but we continue to refine the coverage. Thank you once again for your comments and we hope to have you once again as our guest with any member property of Greentique Hotels.
Best regards
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Concord, California, United States
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29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We were booked into this hotel by a travel agent. Not what we were expecting, and since we were booked for 4 nights, we really wanted out of our reservation. They offered to upgrade us at no cost. After a little negotiating, the management graciously allowed a full refund. Nothing wrong with the hotel, it was just different than our expectations. Staff was friendly, food was fine. We were just expecting a 5 star resort. The real error was with our agent.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Steve L
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Dear Steve L:
We're sorry your agent did not match you with your expectations, but we're glad you felt there was nothing wrong with our resort. We never promote ourselves as a "five star" resort nor do our rates reflect those higher price tags. Thank you for recognizing our efforts and friendly hospitality that many of our guests believe is about the exceptional Costa Rica experiences we continue to offer as "five star" values that often exceed customer expectations.
Sincerely,
Dennys Quiros
Operations Manager
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Rochester, New York
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42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

We really enjoyed our four night stay at this hotel. Our room was #26, which was on the road side of the building we were in, but the bathroom, fridge / coffee area was between us and the road we did not hear anything. From our balcony, we had a view of the Pacific Ocean, plus greenery in between. The buildings with the rooms are all bathed in trees. Our room was very clean and very comfortable.
Service was excellent; the staff were first class in every respect.
Make sure you go to the adjoining nature reserve, part of the Si Como No complex, enjoy the butterfly garden, and be certain to enjoy the wonderful two hour night hike.
Food in the restaurants was very good. Wine is pricey but that is true of most places in this area.
Most important: We would most definately stay here again.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank tkcarter
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear TKcarter
Thank you very much for your encouraging comments and we trust that the rest of your vacation in Costa Rica was enjoyable. We hope you will consider returning again to experience more of our sustainable brands of Greentique Hospitality at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel in San Ramon. We also invite you to include Aguila de Osa Inn located in Drake Bay near Corcovado National Park, and it both cases just let us know so we can have the opportunity to thank you in person.
Best regards,
Dennys Quiros
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Chepstow
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

We have just returned from a five night stay at Si Como No after travelling down from the Arenal area. We are a family of four with two boys aged 11 and 13 and every one of us had a great time at this hotel for a number of reasons. Firstly the rooms, I’d read a few less positive reviews and was feeling a bit skeptical before we arrived but our room was just lovely. We had opted for the suite not the honeymoon suite but the one down from that and it was large with a huge bathroom and lovely balcony with a view to die for!! There was a great area for making coffee etc and a fridge and plenty of space for all the bags we had brought with us. The staff we all friendly and efficient and a special thank you to Omar who worked in the bar as he was both charming and professional. The main restaurant had a swim up bar from the family pool which incidentally is great for the kids with a slide that kept them entertained when we were not out doing things. The breakfast was lovely and varied and the evening meals were also very good of a high standard and a reasonable price we ate there three nights out of the five we stayed. You just have to try the flambé bananas the floor show is quite unbelievable, i wont say any more about this for fear of spoiling the surprise but it must be tried!! From the hotel you can walk to a number of restaurants if you come out of the hotel and turn right towards Manual Antonio you will come across a restaurant with a full size plane inside it i think it was called Le Avion but the food is great and the views lovely. Just down from that is an amazing pizza place not your normal pizza experience the chef makes the pizzas in front of you and then cooks them in an large food burning stove. The seats are mainly rocking chairs so this makes for a relaxing experience and the place is extremely popular! Next door to the plane restaurant is another must do if you like coffee.... There is a guy called Michael who has a coffee roasting shop there and has lots of varieties of coffee to taste and buy at very reasonable prices and its very educational too! While we were there we did a few trips, we had done a white water rafting trip whilst in Arenal which had been extremely well organised and enjoyable so we booked another with the hotel and to be fair the experience as a whole was amazing as the scenery was just incredible and we stopped at a fantastic water fall which otherwise would have been inaccessible, the staff were all very nice but our raft guide was determined that we were all going to have "fun" i think because we had two boys and at one point flipped out raft completely over sending us all flying out. He tried this on a few occasions so in the end we had to say sorry but no more as my husband get flipped out a second time and went under the raft and actually lost his wedding ring which was a little upsetting! The hotel has its own nature reserve so we did a night walk which was great seeing all the frogs etc and we also had free access to the butterfly area which is worth a look. We did a guide tour down to Manual reserve again very worth while and saw sloths, howler monkeys and many many more animals great! The beach is incredibly beautiful so we stayed there for a couple of hours one day. We spent two afternoons on the public beach at Manual Antonio and hired sun beds and parasols in total 8$ all day which were essential as the temperature was late into the 30's. There are a couple of guys we provide a beach service from the restaurants across the road and we had lunch twice, use Michael he has a bit of Mohawk hair style but the food was good and he is a lovely guy. The boys hired body boards for 5$ for two hours and there is parasailing, surf school and jet skis not to mention horse riding on the beach etc but all done in a tasteful non tacky way! just excellent.... We did a catamaran trip on valentine’s day in the afternoon again organised by the hotel and this was an amazing trip highly recommended... it had two slides on the back of the boat and an area you can jump from if you are brave enough about 24ft/7m high. You watch the sunset go down it is very romantic and the scenery is stunning and tones of free drinks and food and even cold tubs on the boat to cool you down. It is a bit of a party boat but thats fine great fun was had by all.....
Back to the hotel....The hotel offers a free shuttle service back and forth tot he beach but if you dont want to wait it is only 6$ for a taxi to very cheap. On numerous occasions we saw trops of monkeys just feet away from us by the pool and even baby monkeys on there backs. You could hear howler monkeys in the distance too and many other animals on the pathways. This is a hillside hotel and obviously there a few steps but nothing too terrible so dont let that put you off. It is not a 5 star Ritz style hotel however it is a smart and well positioned hotel. You can get towel for the pool right from the pool and towels for both trips and the beach from reception so what more could you want from a hotel really! Definitely recommended...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Sara M
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D_QCostaRica, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear Sara M:
I believe we could not describe better our brand of hospitality we've described as part of the “The Magic of Nature”. It gives us great satisfaction that we were able to deliver the exceptional Costa Rica experiences that Greentique Hotels are all about. We appreciate your time to share your experience on this platform and we hope to have you again as our guests perhaps back with us in Manuel Antonio or with our sister hotels in the Cloud Forest of Villa Blanca or the Peninsula de Osa at Aguila de Osa Inn.
Best regards
Dennys Quiros
Operation Manager
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Property: Hotel Si Como No
Address: Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#5 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Si Como No 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
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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