Just got back from a week here in a Deluxe Suite with my wife and two teenage daughters. The staff was friendly, and the property was very well kept up and comfortable. My wife said it was the nicest place we've ever stayed and I think she's right. There are two pools, one adult and one family, both with swim-up bars, and one with a water slide. They have WiFi if you ask, as well as tethered netbooks for guests to use in the lobby. WiFi coverage was spotty and inconsistent but that's my experience in many U.S. hotels as well. We were closer to the road than many of the rooms but the room was very quiet. Too often our family of four feels really cramped in anything short of a two-room suite, and while this was a single room, it had two king beds (one pull-out, one regular) and it never felt small. The fact that we were on a corner also gave us fantastic visibility. Most of two walls was window. They asked us to keep the A/C set no lower than 22 C (72 F) but compared to the humidity outside, and with ceiling fans, the room temp was always exceptionally comfortable.
I had read in various reviews online that there were lots of animals visible from the hotel property, so I was a little disappointed not to really see anything, until one morning when my daughter woke up early, looked outside, and saw monkeys swinging through the trees. According to the staff that's really hit and miss. Families of monkeys migrate through the area occasionally and it's very unpredictable. Beyond that it was mostly the occasional butterfly or bird, plus quite a few salamanders in the breakfast area near the family pool.
I arranged for a driver from the airport directly with the hotel. A hotel rep was there on-time to meet us, and stayed with us for a few minutes until our driver arrived. The driver spoke a little English, and was very friendly and enthusiastic. Our family's limited Spanish enabled a nice conversation on the 3-hour trip to the hotel.
The hotel has two restaurants on site, a casual grill where they also serve breakfast, and a more formal finer-dining place. The breakfast was like you find all over the U.S.: made-to-order omelets, cereal, fresh fruit, etc. The grill had awesome guacamole and a few other good things, and is a really reasonable place for family dining. The more formal place, where we also ate several times, was less inspiring. Fish tended to be overcooked; meat tended not to be very tender. But there are other restaurants close by. Barba Roja, for example, an easy walk from the hotel, had great food and friendlier service, and was somewhat lower in cost as well. Our cheapest dinner of the entire trip was at Barba Roja, where thanks to happy-hour prices the four of us ate and drank for about $56 including tip. We also tried another restaurant across the street from Barba Roja and one down by the beach (there are only 2 or 3 there), as well as Ronny's Place, apparently a well-established Quepos hangout.
The hotel runs a shuttle to the beach 6 times a day, but we really took taxis anytime we left the property and couldn't walk. Taxi prices were about $5 for a 2-mile trip into town or to the beach. I did walk one morning down to the beach, although it ended up being several miles, and given the humidity, most people will prefer the shuttle or taxi.
We took two hotel-arranged tours, one night-time one to their "nature park", which was actually very cool. They said it's their property but connected through a "biological corridor" to the national park. I was expecting something zoo-ish, but only a couple turtles and some reptiles were captive. Everything else (sloths, snakes, tree frogs, bats, other stuff) is wild, and the guides are really good at finding stuff and pointing it out to you (and spoke fluent English). It was amazingly humid but still a hit. We also then booked an estuary tour which you can do in kayaks or on a boat. Since there are crocodiles in the channel we would travel, we opted against kayaking, but the boat was a better idea anyway because the boat can go somewhat faster and further, and we saw a lot more. Besides a baby crocodile and lots of birds, we also stumbled on two separate families of monkeys, all of which were within a few yards of us, and a couple of which joined us briefly on the boat. So this tour was another big hit. It also came with a really good lunch, and as with the other tour, the guides spoke fluent English and were exceptionally accommodating.
So overall we had a great time, and Si Como No made a great base for exploring the Manuel Antonio area. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to other families. It's a little expensive but with the pools and free breakfast and on-site grill (I'd skip the more-formal restaurant in favor of one of the nearby restaurants), Si Como No is extremely family friendly.
- 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
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