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A hillside, nature-filled hotel with no shortage of activites
Si Como No first opened in 1992, which means it's been a staple of the Manuel Antonio resort area as the region has developed in recent years.
Supposedly, only one tree was felled during the hotel's construction, and the open-air lobby is seamlessly incorporated into the surrounding nature. It's also the only part of the hotel with Wi-Fi (available for free). Guests won't find any internet or televisions in their rooms, because the hotel believes that a vacation in Costa Rica is a time for serenity and escape (though due to high demand, the hotel is considering adding Internet access.)
But it's not just the lobby that's beautifully incorporated into the surrounding nature. The entire property is well laid out and landscaped, so that guests are surrounded by nature as they walk around the winding paths and public spaces. Beautiful flowers are everywhere, and it's not uncommon to see several types of lizards and colorful birds scurry across your path.
In 2006, the hotel finished construction on new rooms and a new pool area. The old pool and Jacuzzi (which have great ocean views) are now designated as adults-only. The newer pool is the family pool, where guests will find a waterslide, a casual poolside restaurant with a swim-up bar, and plenty of loungers and seating overlooking the ocean.
Unplugged rooms aren't particularly luxurious, but you should be outdoors anyway
The most striking fact about the guest rooms here is that they do not have TVs or Internet. This decision was, of course, on purpose, as the hotel wants to be a place for serenity and relaxation.
That said, technology or not, this hotel isn't a great option for travelers who are looking for luxurious rooms. The bedding isn't exactly top-notch, the pull-out couches aren't particularly appealing. Rooms and bathrooms vary greatly (we loved the bathroom we saw with cathedral ceilings and a huge shower), but overall they're not a standout feature at this hotel. But of course, most travelers aren't coming to Costa Rica to sit in their rooms.
Some rooms have stunning views of the ocean and the foliage on the hillside below, but views do vary by room type.
All rooms include:
From the spa to the pools, there's a lot to do
There's no shortage of amenities here, which can't be said for every hotel in the area. Because there are no TVs in guest rooms, the hotel's movie theater plays classic films every night at 8:30. There's even a small concession stand for popcorn and other snacks!
A seafood restaurant with wonderful views, and a casual poolside cafe
A staple in the beautiful Manuel Antonio resort area, the 58-room Si Como No is carefully built into a lush hillside, which means great views and winding paths surrounded by colorful flowers and wildlife. The amenities are a main pull here: two pools, two restaurants, a spa, a movie theater, and a wildlife refuge across the street. If you're looking for luxurious rooms, though, you're better off staying elsewhere.