I spent quite a while reviewing Manuel Antonio hotels on tripadvisor before settling on Si Como No for my vacation with my wife and 2 kids (ages 7 and 9). Although the hotel it is highly rated, having now spent a week there, I'm surprised it isn't one of the very top rated in Manuel Antonio. It should be! The hotel is beautiful, with landscaping that retains the look and feel of the rainforest. The family pool has a wonderful slide and waterfalls, as well as a bar in the pool with 2 for 1 happy hour specials every afternoon. The breakfast buffet, which is included in the rate, has an omelet station, pastries, fresh tropical fruits, a variety of prepared foods, and great coffee. There's a free movie theatre which shows a different movie every night, and you can even get popcorn for the movie. Across the street, there's a rain forest preserve where you get free admission to the butterfly farm as a hotel guest. There are other tours there as well, but those are for a fee.
There are quite a few restaurants within a short walk of the hotel. Two that we liked very much were El Gato Pescadora (fresh fish & chips) and Aqua Azul (great burgers and seafood). The hotel also offers a free shuttle to the public beach where there are a few shops and restaurants, as well as the entrance nearby to the national park (don't miss it!). If you don't have a car, there are taxis, as well as a dependable local bus service that many tourists use. The bus stops right in front of the hotel.
The room we had (room 8) was great. It was labeled "partial ocean view", but actually had a beautiful view of the ocean. It had 2 king beds, both facing the ocean. Our room was quite spacious and nicely decorated in a simple way. There was plenty of room for the four of us. The room was part of a quadplex, with two rooms on top of the building and two on the bottom. We were on top which was nice as the room had a valued ceiling which made it feel even larger.
In terms of constructive criticism, I thought the food in the restaurants was just OK. It wasn't bad, but I thought other restaurants within walking distance were better. Also, for 2 out of the 6 nights we were there, we had very loud neighbors in the room adjoining ours. We could hear the neighbors through the wall in our room, and also were not able to use the balcony those days given their noise. The other 4 nights were very quiet, so I think the issue wasn't the construction, but just unfortunately having some very, very loud neighbors.
The staff at the hotel were extremely pleasant and helpful. Overall, I'd highly recommend this hotel. If we make it back to Manuel Antonio, I would love to stay there again.
- 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