We just returned from a 9 day visit to Costa Rica with 3 nights spent at El Silencio del Campo. I traveled with my husband and my 5 year old daughter. This was our second visit to Costa Rica and our first to the La Fortuna area. I have to say that this is one area that should not be missed. The volcano and jungle are just amazing. The sights, the views, the animals are all things that should not be missed when visiting Costa Rica.
For the hotel, however, I was disappointed. I think that I was expecting something a little nicer based on all of the glowing reviews on trip advisor for this hotel. The property consists of several cabins in a very lush setting right on the main road and next to a HUGE hotel that looks over the cabins. We were given a cabin that was set back from the main road so it was fairly quiet. The grounds are pretty with all sorts of amazing birds. The inside of the cabin is severely lacking. The mattress was terribly hard and uncomfortable. The bedding including the pillows, must be at least 10 years old. The towels and bathrobes were stained and frayed. While the room was basically clean, there was a build up of bugs in the corners on the sink and in the bathroom.I used the spa and had a delightful facial and volcanic wrap. While it was a little pricey, it was very enjoyable.
I would say that the two best things about the hotel would be the service. The staff was very friendly and helpful and able to answer and questions, provide restaurant suggestions, and make reservations. The other is the location. It is a short drive from La Fortuna and a short drive from the volcano-you can easily get to everything. I would strongly recommend a car since there is nothing within easy walking distance.
Overall, this hotel is okay. I really don't understand why it is so highly ranked, but it does offer good service and it is a good value in a good location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel El Silencio del Campo besides offering amenities such as a set of swimming pools, hot springs and spa, also offers its guests 20 individual villas with a great view of the volcano, surrounded by colorful and green gardens, that gives a natural sensation to your experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park