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“In the jungle, but not a beach resort”
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Hotel Si Como No
Ranked #7 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews
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“In the jungle, but not a beach resort”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

We spent a week at the hotel and were right in the jungle. The beach is a hotel shuttle or bus ride away. Separate pools for families and adults were ideal. Go to the fabulous beaches on the Manuel Antonio reserve but be prepared for a long rocky walk (1+miles); make sure you use a guide otherwise you will miss most of the fauna and flora hidden from view.

We did not go to the hotel's own reserve -- a big mistake -- but did see the hotel's "pet" Sloth and Iguana. The gift shop has quality items, well worth the cost; shipping is a reasonable price.

The hotel's own tour into the hinterland is well worth the time and effort for the physically able; they do accommodate the rest of us!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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DQSCN, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Paddy B:
We are pleased that you took advantage of the tours & activities offered thru our concierge which are both family & nature oriented. We too were sorry you missed our Wildlife Refuge with the Butterfly Atrium Gardens and Crocodile Lagoons. However that you took advantage and experienced our Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour, the best reviewed tour since 2010, was good to hear. Thank you also for mentioning our Regalame Gift Shop & Art Gallery which recently was nominated the best Souvenir and Art Gallery in the region by the local community and hotel guests. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you back again and ideally include our other Greentique properties as well as our guests to enjoy the Manuel Antonio Nature Park Jungle Night Tour you missed.

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Dennys Quiros
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

My family of four stayed here over Spring Break and we had a great experience. The kids loved the pool, especially the slide, and we spent most of our late afternoons there, eating dinner at the swim up bar and just enjoying the beautiful surroundings. The hotel features really cool, interesting architecture and a fabulous view over the ocean. The rooms, however, are a little old and tired and need a little updating. Plus, there was a huge ant problem in our room, which we chalked up to just being in Costa Rica (but then we went to Arenal for the 2nd half of our trip and had zero insect problems so who knows?). But so many things made up for that -- the grounds were beautifully kept and in the mornings there were lots of monkey sightings around the property which was really fun for everyone. The employees were helpful and courteous, and we were especially impressed with the breakfast buffets, which were really nice (omelets, pancakes, fruits, breads, etc. all overlooking the beautiful ocean). Overall I would recommend the hotel to others, but would hope that they do an update on the rooms before too long.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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DQSCN, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear Nivlam:

We appreciate your sincere review and we are glad that your family were able to enjoy our many resort attractions, including our buffet breakfast, garden landscapes & the family pool slide which even many adults, who have their own Adult Pool Terrace, seem to enjoy just as much as the kids. Please accept our apologies on the insect situation, which even though we try our best to keep them out the rooms, they do find their way sometimes into accommodations when we are completely surrounded with a lush tropical jungle habitat. Please know that we do not use insecticides or other strong chemicals anywhere in the resort as part of our certified (CST) conservation policies to protect the many species who share the property with our guests. Although we are now 20 years in operation, we do our best to care for the resort’s appearance, as you appreciated the beauty of the resort, and perhaps our decor style is a bit outdated considering the new trends in hotel decorations that we may consider updating during our upcoming green season, but still no TV sets are part of the plan. Thank you once again for your comments and we hope to have you back once again as our valued guests with any member property of Greentique Hotels.

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Dennys Quiros
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Tacoma
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Si Como No was a great place to stay. We had an ocean view room with a balcony and the view was spectacular. We were treated to a troupe of Capuchin monkeys that passed through the trees outside our balcony and another troupe of Squirrel Monkeys that we saw from the restaurant. The room was super clean and comfortable with a huge shower. If we are even on. Manuel Antonio again we will stay at Si Como No!

Room Tip: This depends on what you can afford. The ocean view, balcony rooms are extremely nice.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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DQSCN, General Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Dear Beth L:

As always it is a pleasure when we read such encouraging reviews. We believe that our natural surrounding of nature are a great attraction we have to offer only matched by the good nature of our resort staff, some who are very active in our voluntary conservation programs with CST, the Certification of Sustainable Tourism. Si Como No has practiced it's mission of sustainable hospitality, including the design of all our resort amenities that we try to balance with the jungle landscape shared with many local species who travel freely through our resort property that you enjoyed sharing with many readers. Our adjacent Manuel Antonio Nature Parks and Wildlife Refuge is now been open ten years offering our guests tours of the nature exhibits that co-exhists with the natural animal corridors between us and the National Park of Manuela Antonio. Hopefully on your next visit you will consider time at Villa Blanca, with their 2,000 acre private cloud forest reserve and research centre, and Aguila de Osa, our other Greentique sister hotel right on the edge of the rainforest on the Osa Peninsula where more of the local monkeys and birdlife will surely visit you each day of your stay. We look forward to seeing you again.

Warm regards,
Jim Damalas
General Manager
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Despite the fact that it is located at a busy road (Manual Antonio is very touristic with lots of hotels and restaurants), you enter peace and luxury once inside the hotel.
The rooms/bungalows are nice and located all over the hill.
The staff helps with the luggage and that was good, because there are a lot of small roads and steps. (Ask for an easy reachable room if you have problems with steps).
We had dinner at the Claro que Si (or Claro que Seafood) restaurant and had the catch of the day which was more than excellent.
Breakfast is served in the other restaurant. Be early in the morning and you will have a table at the balcony with a splendid view over the ocean!
The adult pool was very quiet. Towels are provided and there is a bar (with double drinks at happy hour).
Across the road is a small nature park where you can book night walks.
A visit to the Manuel Antonio NP is also a must.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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DQSCN, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Dear regemorw


Thank you very much for your review and we are really glad that you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of our concept of hosting you with the “The magic of Nature”!! We are also glad that you enjoyed both of our Restaurants. The Claro Que Seafood Restaurant is very popular because of the freshness of its products and the top notch service provided not only to our hotel guests but to many locals as well as visitors staying in neighbourhood hotels. We appreciate you enjoyed our buffet breakfast at our Rico Tico Bar & Grill. Besides the great Jungle and Ocean views you enjoyed, it's good to know our Costa Rican typical picadillos & home made tortillas make for many requests for seconds.
When planning your next trip, be sure to check out our sister Greentique Hotels, Villa Blanca and Aguila de Osa. The same great service, great food, and amazing experiences await you in these cloud forest and rainforest destinations.

Best regards,

Dennys Quiros
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Sicomono is a small hotel (61 rooms) in the Costa Rican rainforest on the Pacific coast. Beautiful views of the ocean and rock formations from the private balconies, fabulous food (breakfast buffet included) and very warm, friendly staff. The hotel is very environmental conscious and carbon neutral.
The Manuel Antonio National Park is a free shuttle away (about 7 minute ride); the beaches within the park (have to pay $10 park entry fee) are unspoiled and gorgeous; the nearby public beach is also beautiful (and free) although gets more crowded as the day goes on. We were advised to not leave any bags unattended on a beach (raccoons will get into them on the park beaches, people may get into them on public beach).
The excursions were wonderful--we did the trip to Santa Juana, Titi canopy (zip lining) and Manuel Antonio Park with guide. My advice on the park tour is to get there early-- we began at the park around 8 am and were essentially in a crowd of tour groups; it was hot and humid and uncomfortable (although our guide Henry was great and we saw/learned alot). If we had gotten there earlier (the park opens at 7 am) as we did another day to just go to the beaches, it would have been less crowded.
We were there in the dry season (March) and by midday the heat and humidity can be stifling-- best to stay out of the sun by then.
Both restaurants serve amazing food in a beautiful setting. Very fresh, interesting dishes with local flair. Excellent!
No fitness center but there is a nice yoga/pilates studio across the street (Epic Living).

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DQSCN, General Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear ejeck:

I truly believe you were able to take advantage of the many, “Exceptional Costa Rican Experiences” “that are all part of the Magic of Nature and the good natured staff we are so fortunate to have at our resort along with our sister hotels that are part of Greentique's brands of sustainable hospitality. Iwould like to mention that we are proud members of the CST program (Certification of Sustainable Tourism), part of our commitment not only in conservation but also in all the community programs we are able to support with your tour of the Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure.
Thank you 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.

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Jim Damalas
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

The staff are friendly and polite. The views from the lobby, Rico Tico (restaurant on site) and our room were picturesque. Off the main road of Manuel Antonio, you can walk to many popular restaurants in the area like El Avion (an actual airplane embedded in the restaurant) and Pizza Pata (good pizza for avg prices). When you walk into the lobby, you're greeted by a panoramic view of the ocean and wonderful breeze that seems to constantly run through cooling you off on even the hottest days. We stayed in a superior room that had a larger balcony with a beautiful view. The rooms are air conditioned and equipped with a small bar fridge, bar sink, small desk etc., nothing outstanding but comparable to a standard room in a hotel in Canada. Our family of 4 was comfortable there though the kids were 9 and 11 and still ok with sharing a queen. The family pool has a waterside and swim up bar and I can't forget to mention the wooden deck where you can lounge overlooking the ocean and have happy hour. We were there 4 nights and saw squirrel monkeys swinging through the trees and traversing the rooftops, geckos, lizards and frogs and that was just at the hotel! The beach is a shuttle ride free from the hotel and don't bother with the bottled water for safe drinking. The hotel tap water is totally fine. My stomach is sensitive and we had no problems.

  • Stayed March 2014
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DQSCN, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear Albertans-on –the-go:

We are glad to hear about your experience at Si Como No. Thank you for your compliments of our staff and all the natural flora and fauna that complements our views. We appreciate that our resort accommodations offered the ideal atmosphere for your family to enjoy also our regular local visitors that “swing through the trees” just outside your balcony. We hope you give us the opportunity to host you again in the near future and maybe consider including our other Greentique hotels here in Costa Rica.
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Dennys Quiros
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Carver, Minnesota
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

This hotel is very quaint with views of the jungle and ocean. The staff were very helpful and took good care of us. We went on 2 fishing trips and the chefs cooked our fish and made it into a gourmet meal 3 times, it was excellent! Our luggage did not make the airline transfer and the reception person worked with the airline and our bags were there the next day.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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DQSCN, Manager at Hotel Si Como No, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear switzy231:

Thank you for your review and appreciation of our hospitality. We are glad that our Chefs were able to cook your “catch of the day” to your expectations and that you enjoyed our Costa Rican hospitality. Hope you come back again and perhaps include a package with our sister Greentique Hotels here in beautiful Costa Rica !!


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Property: Hotel Si Como No
Address: Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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
#6 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio
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 & 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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