Hotel El Silencio del Campo
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel El Silencio del Campo La Fortuna
Most accommodations near the Arenal Volcano have easy access to attractions in the area; this hotel is no exception. The cabanas are nice and comfortable and the hotel as its own natural hot spring. Service and meals were adequate but not exceptional.
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Hotel El Silencio del Campo
This hotel is AWESOME! With private bungalows, free breakfast, view of Arenal, discount to the Thermal Hot Springs (owned by the owner's sister)...AWESOME staff and owners, beautiful-beautiful landscaping, clean rooms, fantastic food, nice pool, secure parking, laundry service (the owner's wife did ours.Thank you very much!!) and reservations for local activities and VERY close to La Fortuna...Who can ask for more..??? MORE you say? OK....The price is right, too...I am a travel agent and am giving you the "straight-up" on numerous hotels thru-out Costa Rica (check out my reviews if you want to find the best hotels for less money)...You don't have to spend a fortune have a good time in Costa Rica!! Trust me and .Happy Travels....CB
P.S. The ECO-Hot Springs are not advertised nor is their a sign directing you their gate..You must have reservations so they don't get over-crowded....They have great staff inside the Springs, a great medic if needed, great rates, food and drinks......
Lovely hotel. Not silencio because there was 24 hour consruction next door but you couldn't hear it at all with the AC on.
The rooms and grounds are lovely. You can see the volcano and watch the red flow down the volcano at night. Food was OK. Nice pool but we were too busy to swim. We went to the nearby Tabicon pools which are worth the money even though it is an expensive adventure. If you like Hot Springs this is amazing.
Back to the hotel. We booked a lot of adventures from there. The only one who spoke English was the daughter of the owner. She is young but helpful if you don't speak Spanish.
Perfect introduction to Costa Rica
We stayed here for several days when we first arrived in Costa Rica. The owner and his huge extended family welcomed us like family. They took care of every need. They work tirelessly and happily. This was the loveliest introduction to a Tican family. We went twice to Ecotermales, the hot springs which is 300 meters down the road and is owned by their extended family. There we were shown every possible courtesy. We were even picked up from there at closing time by Luis' wife and children/nieces/nephews. I can not say enough good things about this place. The food is excellent, the people are kind, and the rooms are nice sized, clean and inviting. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
About the only caution I can add is that there is construction going on next door, and they are banging late into the night and early the next day, so get a room away from that side unless noise doesn't bother you.
If you go, do ask Luis for his recommendations about where to go and what to do. He will tell you the best things and you will have a wonderful experience. Just ask him personally - no one else.
I rarely return to the same place since there is so much to see in the world, but I will be back here.
Thank you, Luis.
New Facilities, Great Service
We are from Toronto, Canada, and stayed here for 3 nights in late December over the New Year. All the other reviews are true, as Luis Diego with the help of Kattya and the rest of his family made our stay special, particularly in the New Year's Eve celebration complete with fireworks. The cabin we stayed in was really charming, somewhat like a ski chalet, and quite private, which was a real feature. The hotel was well placed to hit all the sites in the area. They also were able to coordinate a great white water rafting trip for us on last minute notice. Finally, the prices are very good. We would definitely stay at Hotel el Silencio del Campo again!
Richard and Lisa
Perfect view of volcano, Love the detached "cabin style" accomodations
This is such an incredible place to stay. The owner, Luis Diego is so gracious & inviting along with his staff. And the restaurant is very tasty. I'm so glad our travel agent Storm with Travel Junkies recommended this place. Also great since he lives in Costa Rica. Overall A great location with straight on views of volcano when it's not cloudy. It's very dramatic. The detached "cabin style" rooms are very nice, cozy & spacious and each has their private outdoor patio overlooking the volcano. The architecture of the room is impressive as well and it's a very restful place to stay. I would take advantage of the zip lining called Arenal Mundo Aventura (recommended by hotel) as the zips were so impressive as well as a bit frightening in a good way. You also pass through some incredible waterfalls. The staff was very personal and hands on and it was nice that it was not so commercialized (cattle call) like other zip companies. This zip lining also included horseback riding and a tour of their butterfly & frog gardens. They also offer a Rappelling into the waterfalls which I wish we would have done had we had more time.
We stayed here for 3 days. The rooms are big and very comfortable. Luis Diego and his staff are very helpfull, for sure it`s a hotel I will come back..Oh can`t forget about the breakfasts they are great a lot of options....
Perfect and personal
We used a Costa Rica eco-tourist company to help plan our trip and they recommended this hotel. It was on spot. The Hotel el Silencio del Campo was really perfect for us. The owners are on site and constantly making sure all is well. The food is fabulous and very reasonably priced plus our breakfast was included in the room price. We had a view of the Volcano as we drove into La Fortuna on a sunny afternoon, but both evenings there, it was cloudy and raining so we were sad to not see the lava rocks... but the last night there, we woke up in the middle of the night to find clear skies and fabulous volcano viewing...from our front porch and even from our bed! A perfect location to see it all. The 'rooms' are all actually little houses with front porches so there's great privacy and space. They seemed very new and were very clean and comfortable. Lots of room for our kids to run around the grounds and play, with a small playground, pond, ducks, bunnies and a dog on site as well. The terrain is a gentle slope so easy for all to navigate and get around. We only wish we had realized there was reasonably priced hot springs very close to this hotel. We went to Tablacon but didn't stay as it was waaayyy too much money to enter. We also enjoyed a fantastic dinner one night at Nene's restaurant (Nana's?) in town followed by an ice cream stop. Very good value. We went on the canopy tour which was great fun and much cheaper than the one's that were offered in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. This did involve a hike up a steep hill to get to the starting point but well worth it. We would definitely recommend El Silencio and would stay there again for sure.
Great Place, Great People, Pura Vida at its finest
Stay here! Luis Diego and his staff were amazing and so kind. We feel fortunate to have found this lovely little paradise. The views of the Volcano were stellar!
Before booking our trip, I e-mailed several times with the lovely staff at Hotel Silencio del Campo. Luis Diego was incredibly helpful and honest when booking our room as well as day trips in the area. He even arranged transportation from San Jose to the hotel as well as from the hotel to Manuel Antonio National Park. Upon arrival, Luis Diego took care of every detail, from breakfast and lunch made to order, to waking us up in the middle of the night (upon request) to see the spectacular volcano erupting. Luis Diego knows the area well and can organize day trips of every kind. Additionally, he can schedule visits to the private hot springs just up the road. The villas are beautifully decorated, all with private decks and views of the volcano. The shower is powerful and hot! The grounds are beautifully manicured. We couldn't have asked for anything more from this quaint hotel!
Fantastic Hotel with Private Hot Springs
We found this hotel whilst searching for a hotel close to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel is a few miles outside of la Fortuna. Once you get to the entrance of Baldi hot springs, the entrance to this hotel is about another 50 yards on the right hand side. There are about 12 or so newly built villas which are beautifully decorated inside. The gardens have also been very well landscapped and there is a nice pool.
The owners are extremely friendly and will help with any arrangements you need to make for excursions in the area.
Breakfast is freshly cooked to order and delicious.
However, the single best thing about this hotel is that the owners have their own private hot spring complex which is not widely advertised unlike Baldi. It is very exclusive and at the time that we went there, about a third of the price of Baldi. Many people who go there seem to be on a dinner and thermal bath trip, so after about an hour in the baths they go off to supper and you have the pools of varying degrees of heat, all to yourself.
All in all this was one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica, even though we didn't see the volcano!!
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