My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a 2-week trip in Costa Rica. We chose Si Como No based upon TripAdvisor and guidebook recommendations that really stressed the "green" nature of the hotel (specifically mentioning that only one tree was chopped down during the construction). That may well be true - but that´s where their commitment to the environment stops.
As a standard hotel for the unadventurous American tourist, this is not a bad option...rooms are clean, staff are friendly, location is good - however, the "eco-friendly" label they are so proud of seems to be more of a marketing ploy than anything else.
We saw no recycling bins or solar panels, and the staff were not aware of any gray water recycling programs. Toiletries are provided in small plastic bottles and are replaced daily - whether the bottles are empty or not (for some, this may be a luxury, but we found it very wasteful). Sheets are changed daily unless you place a pre-printed notice on the bed - we only discovered this little piece of paper (hiding behind the tissue box on the bathroom shelf) on our final evening after the linens had been changed. The two pools are chlorinated (as opposed to salt water), the bars have large TVs switched on the entire day, rooms have fairly large fridges and tea/coffee makers (again, some may feel this is a bonus, but loading a room with electrical appliances is not exactly green). Cocktails came garnished with plastic frills and other silly and wasteful decorations (why not a beautiful piece of fruit?) served on a paper napkin instead of a coaster. On the day of departure, they print a bill and leave it in an envelope outside the room - and then when you take it to the reception desk to pay, they print another copy of the bill and give you another envelope - pointless and wasteful. And the list goes on.
Taken individually, none of these "complaints" is serious, but it is precisely these kinds of things that distinguish a normal hotel from one commited to the environment. In short, the hotel is nice enough, but their over-use of the eco label is a joke.
- 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