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Hotel El Silencio del Campo
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Canada
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“Goregeous Garden and Cabins”
Reviewed 24 March 2009

This is the nicest place we stayed in Costa Rica, the garden is amazing, we saw so many different types of toads, frogs, lizards, tons of birds, fish, turtles, ducks, and even caimans. The hotel also has it's own hot spring, which is oh so awesome! It was just as good at the next door Eco Thermales. Breakfast was awesome, and had a very friendly staff. This place is a must stay! One reccomendation however, is that having a car in La Fortuna is a good luxury to have.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2009

By far, one of the best accomodations we've had in Costa Rica! Trip Advisor was right again...wouldn't have stayed anywhere else in the Arenal area. Although my travel agent recommended other hotels in the area, I took it upon myself and went with the #1 hotel choice according to the rating on tripadvisor.

The property is very close to 'downtown La Fortuna'-- only a 2-minute car drive. It is meticulously well kept - I mean landscaping/gardening is flawless and beautifully manicured. There are beautiful plants and palms along the walkways. Each 'bungalow' is also SPACIOUS and meticulously maintained, amazing detail to furniture. Bathroom was completely renovated or new -- HUGE shower area- can fit 4 people in there! Floor was newly tiled and clean. TV, very small safe, coffeemaker, hairdryer, fridge all inside bungalow. No telephone or clock though. Wireless in or around lobby area, not in rooms too far back. Bed was king-sized, comfortable with very clean sheets. Nice patio in front of bungalow where you can sit and drink coffee and admire the Arenal volcano in front of you. Very quiet property-- felt like we were the only ones there although we weren't. Bonus with this property is the huge hot springs pool in the back of the property with a poolside bar. There is a man-made waterfall in the pool where the hot water flows in. Both times we used it, we were the only ones in the pool. There is also a regular chlorinated pool along with a kiddy pool on the property which is meticulously maintained and well landscaped. There is ample parking at the property.

The restaurant served the best Costa Rican food we had during our entire trip. The chef does an amazing job-- no joke! A bit expensive, but totally worth it. We were not pleased with the food we had downtown so we had dinner every night at the hotel restaurant.

The only drawback if there is one would be the ridiculous monstrocity of a hotel adjacent to this property. The view of the volcano is amazing but remember, it's not the lava flow view. From what we saw and heard though, even if you stayed on the other side of the volcano, your chances of seeing 'lava flow' is slim.

If you're up for some adventure, we recommend white water rafting and canyoneering with Desafio-- it was a lot of fun and they feed you well! If you want to see the volcano, DO NOT pay a tour guide-- it's not worth the $$. You can either drive yourself (10-minute drive) or take a taxi to the volcano's parking lot and walk the easy trail by yourselves. It took less than 1/2 hr to do the easy walk/hike -- it only takes you so far in anyway. If we had known this, we could have saved ourselves some $$. WARNING - part of the road to the parking lot was full of huge pot holes!

I HIGHLY recommend this hotel especially to those who want some peace and quiet and not the hustle and bustle of tourists. My husband and I were on our honeymoon and we couldn't have been more pleased with our hotel choice. Thank you to everyone at Silencio for everything! The only thing I'd recommend adding to the bungalows are a clock and phone.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

It doesn't get much more perfect than this. Amazing climate, tremendous view at the base of Arenal Volcano, secluded private thermal springs, plus a pool and jacuzzi, luxury individual cabins, amazing staff, cleanliness beyond compare, great food, wonderful location (lots to do in the area with great tours), all at a very reasonable price. A wonderful alternative to the commercialized, noisy, expensive resorts. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2009

Stayed 3 nights at Hotel Silencio del Campo in La Fortuna. Individual cabins located on beautifully landscaped grounds. Hearty breakfast included. We stayed in Cabin 17. Large 1 BR, clean with a/c. Nice bathroom, mini-fridge, TV. Very comfortable bed. Hot spring pool on property was awesome & beautiful and not too hot or too cold. Restaurant on property was excellent. Staff very nice and friendly (Eliomar especially!). A/C operates on remote control that won't work if you're too far away from unit. Great view of Arenal volcano if it's a clear day. Too bad they put big overbearing hotel next door, but it does not take away from the wonderful experience we had staying at Silencio del Campo.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Long Island, NY
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Reviewed 26 February 2009

My boyfriend and I just returned from Costa Rica and spent 4 nights at this hotel. It was fabulous. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful. Breakfast each morning is very nice. They even put fruit out for the birds right next to where you eat and you see tons of pretty birds. The rooms are very spacious and super clean. The hot springs they have on the grounds is great to relax in at night and meet other people. Also the bartender makes the best drinks! Unfortunately, the whole time we were there it poured except for a couple hours each day. We never got to see the volcano, except for the bottom 1/2 a couple hours one day. Tone of activities you can choose from in the area. We are already planning our second trip back for sometime in August. We have been told the weather is better on this side of the country during Aug-Nov. even though the other side is in the rainy season. Also, the staff are super nice and go out of there way for you.
We will definately be returing to this hotel!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Montclair, NJ
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Reviewed 22 February 2009

We just returned from 10 days in Costa Rica. Hotel Silencio was our first stop, and it was a superb start to a wonderful vacation. The hotel is a few minutes from the main strip in La Fortuna, across from Baldi Hot Springs, and about 15-20 minutes from the road that takes you to the volcano, Sky Trek, Arenal Hanging Bridges. The free breakfast (the same every day) is satisfying and tasty. Options were sufficient for adults and children. The staff were helpful, the rooms clean and a decent size. The hot springs and pool area were lovely. One minor complaint...room lighting is dim, a drawback for evening readers. But overall...there were 10 of us staying there in 3 rooms, and all of us were more than delighted with this gem of a hotel. As for the beast of a structure looming overhead, you do indeed learn to look the other way and focus on the property, the volcano, and the many colorful birds dotting the property.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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New York
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91 reviews
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Reviewed 18 February 2009

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in February 2009. Its a beautiful hotel with private cabins...some of them have private jacuzzis with windows overlooking the grounds. In addition to a regular swimming pool, the grounds also have their own hot spring pool which is wonderful. If you are looking to be in a quiet area and swim in hot thermal waters without having to pay extra, you should come to this place. As in other hotels, breakfast is offered and it is exceptional. You should definitely order the "typico" which consists of large portions of rice and beans, eggs, tortillas and cheese...

What makes this hotel stand out is the staff. They are absolutely wonderful people...extremely friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have (even if you are asking them the same things over and over). Luis Diego, Vanessa and Eliomar were absolutely the BEST...extremely accommodating and we also had a bit of a problem with the jacuzzi and they immediately adjusted the price for us without any type of problem.

My suggestion if you stay at this hotel:
Make sure to ask for the cabins in the back of the property. The first few cabins are closer to the main road, reception and restaurant are therefore you are in the hustle and bustle of activity. The ones in the back are completely set off from any type of activity and commotion. We had number 19 which had nothing behind us but beautiful grounds with birds chirping and we even saw a toucan in one of the trees.

Overall, this was a wonderful experience..I would highly recommend staying here.

Luis Diego, Vanessa y Eliomar - gracias de nuevo de parte de Giancarlo y Chrys Ferreira.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel El Silencio del Campo
Address: 5 km west from the Catholic Church in La Fortuna | Main Street, right hand side, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 4417, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel El Silencio del Campo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel El Silencio del Campo besides featuring a set of swimming pools, hot springs and spa, also offers its guests 23 individual villas with a small patio right outside facing the majestic Arenal Volcano, surrounded by colorful and lush gardens, that gives a natural sensation to your experience. ... more   less 
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