Honest evaluation, but please read to the end. We came from a 5 star resort in Arenal that was 8 years old and top notch. Pristine, private, huge rooms, meticulous grounds. So at first glance, Si Como No looked a bit worn. It sits right off the main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, so appeared busy and lacked the 'curb appeal' of our previous hotel in Arenal. It rests, however, in a lush jungle with a beautiful view of the ocean and has a wilder feel. Comparing the 2 wasn't quite fair, sort of like trying to compare an English Garden to a wildflower garden; both beautiful, but in different ways.
We had adjoining rooms, as we were with our 3 sons, ages 14, 14 and 16. Rooms were clean and spacious, but maybe a little damp smelling. We found that a window slat was missing, causing some humidity in the room. A call to the front desk resulted in a visit from maintenance, and immediate resolution to the problem. One night after a thunderstorm with a deluge of rain, we noticed a smell of sewer gas in our rooms. This resolved spontaneously after a few hours of opening the doors and airing out via the screen doors. We did let the front desk know the next day, but I doubt it was noticeable when they came by. (We were out) We did have a house guest one evening. A small salamander was hanging out in our bathroom. But hey, it's a rainforest, right?
These may sound like negatives, but the staff and their attention to our needs and concerns were so positive that after a day we couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Beds were very comfortable, rooms were quite spacious and the balcony/patio area had great views of the ocean. Didn't use the large adult pool with bar and television, but it looked very nice. The family pool had a waterfall, a slide and excellent bar, with ample seating and lounge chairs around it. We all loved it. And the wifi was good around the pool and in the lobby area. It is spotty in the rooms, but we didn't mind heading up to the lobby or pool to use our computers. There are no televisions in the room, but that was fine by us.
The location on a busy street ended up being a total bonus. The bus stop is right next to the parking lot, and proved to be a valuable mode of transportation to Quepos or the beach. The hotel offers shuttle service to the beach on a limited basis, but the public bus is only 60 cents a person and runs every 20 minutes unit 10 pm. It was great to ride with the locals, and VERY convenient.
The restaurants had excellent food and staff, but a 5 to ten minute walk took you to several other wonderful restaurants as well. Always felt safe walking, even after dark.
We spent time in Quepos (maybe 10 minutes away by bus or taxi) to watch Costa Rica defeat Greece in the World Cup and the locals were all kind and helpful. So cool to witness the Costa Rican pride and patriotism while totally immersed in their culture. Great experience. We also had a few meals in Quepos and managed to get around just fine, even with limited Spanish.
Joel Cerdas, Francisco, Julio and Ronald were amazing bartenders and waiters, as well as several front desk folks and others whose names I do not recall. The complimentary breakfasts were a bonus and delicious, with a nice variety of food. The coffee was great! The cooks were lovely.
Si Como No is full of helpful, friendly staff who are proud of their hotel and aim to please. Never have we met so many hard working, genuine people in a hotel. You get to know them a bit, too, and it was hard to say goodbye.
Thanks to all at Si Como No who made our stay so enjoyable and memorable. If you stay there and have any issues, just talk to the front desk and I guarantee they will do all they can to make things right, or assist in anyway they can. We just loved it here! Pura Vida!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Si Como No Resort & 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