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Hotel El Silencio del Campo
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5km northwest from the Catholic Church on right hand side | 5km northwest from the Catholic Church on right hand side, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 98, Costa Rica   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Lovely hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We were at the El Silencio for 2 nights in december and it was a great stay considering the busy time of the year. The place is ideally located for all the activities in Arenal, the receptionist is so helpful and happily organised all our activities for us. A great place to eat is La Chuzo in town which also serves amazing coffee. We loved our villa, which was spacious and did everything we needed. We also made full use of the spa and hot springs, both were complimentary for us!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We spent our last night at Silencio del Campo and would have longer had we known more about it. The rooms were immaculate and tastefully furnished, the bed super comfy and there are thermal pools right on the grounds, so you don't have to go to one of the cheesy overprices spas in the area! Perfect.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed here (2 adults + 2 kids) for four nights in December. Unfortunately it rained most days and we only saw a part of the volcano on the last day (it's truly spectacular), yet we had a great time at this hotel. We stayed in Cabin/Cottage #3. The Cottages are really nice and have all the amenitied you need (safe, big shower, comfy queen-sized beds) and have a/c. Note that cottages 1-4 are closer to the road and there is a little bit of noise from the passing cars. Other cottages are further back.
The location of this hotel is really convenient....in between La Fortuna and the Tobacon hot springs. The pool area, spa area and the private hot springs are really nice and - to be honest - we almost enjoyed them more than paying for the hot springs at Tobacon as they are far less crowded.
The staff at the hotel is very friendly and accomodating. We also enjoyed a massage and again, the quality of the service was great. We also recommend the restaurant - while small, the quality of the food is good.
There are three convenient parking areas on property closely located to each of the cottages. Yes, there is a big hotel next to the property but it didn't bother us.
Note that on Saturday night there was a party across the street (near Baldi) and loud music was playing throughout the night...not sure if this is a regular Saturday night occurrence. Again, the fact that our cottage was closer to the road probably made this more of a hnderance to us.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and return to it myself.

Room Tip: Rooms 1-4 are towards the road. There are 24 (?) cottages...the higher the number, the further back...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Just loved the cute and huge individual cottages with greenery all around the place. The grounds are very well-kept and the staff was extremely friendly. They helped make dinner reservations during the busy Christmas season. Their restaurant opens at 7 am, but since we had to leave for our Skytram tours early, they allowed us to eat our b'fast at 6:30 am. That was extremely nice of them. The b'fast was satisfying.

The hotel is about a 10-15 mins drive from downtown but we had our own car so we could drive there for shopping and dining. Also, note that the Sky Adventures park is a 35-40 mins drive from the hotel.

I would recommend this hotel for families as well as couples since there is a lot of privacy, if one wants it. The thermal springs are a little disappointing... ..they have 3-4 of them at the back. Maybe, I would have liked them if I hadn't visited Tabacon a day earlier.

Overall, a fantastic experience! Would visit them in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

It was pouring rain our whole stay in Arenal which made our stay not so enjoyable but the hotel itself is great. Your room is really your own little house. They are quite big and kept clean. The staff was helpful and I really can't think of anything bad to say. I didn't fall is love but it's definitely a decent place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Takoma Park, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed here for our honeymoon in July. We really liked having our own little "casita" and found the room to be very comfortable. The staff were incredibly welcoming and always trying to make sure they helped us with whatever we needed. For example, my husband got sick from eating something weird when we went out and when I asked the friendly waiter in the restaurant if I could get some toast, he insisted on finding alka selter and asked whether we needed a doctor. The service here really distinguished this place from any other hotel at which I've stayed.

Having the hot springs at the hotel was a major factor in our choice to stay here-- we went in at least once/day. It was wonderfully relaxing! And the pina coladas at the bar next to the hot springs were the best I've ever had (of course putting in fresh picked pineapple makes a huge difference).

The one part I wasn't that thrilled with was the massage. We got a couples massage on our first or second night. I found the pressure of the massage to be overwhelming and wasn't sure how to communicate that to the massage therapist. She did not seem to speak English, but it seems like she should have been able to read my body language and painful gasps of breath. I ended up being sore for two days after the massage... I probably should have tried to be more vocal about it, but I think she should have been better at reading my body language (I have gotten around 10 other deep tissue massages in the United States, so I have a sense of what to expect).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We found Silencio del Campo to be a wonderful base to explore the Arenal area. The rooms, little cottages, are clean, cozy and well appointed (though the tvs are old, there is cable). The beds are comfortable, and the showers strong and warm. The hotel is well located, right by the volcano (which we never saw fully given the constant low clouds) and not far from La Fortuna (which is not a very nice town, so not much to see there). The best thing about the hotel are the beautifully designed hot springs and the gardens, it makes it a pleasure to be there. The bartender makes a very nice 'tico cairinha' with rum instead of cachaca, which is great. The spa, while expensive, is also lovely. On the minus side: the hotel restaurant is small (very small and limited menu) and there is no room service. On several occasions, there weren't enough tables for all the guests who wanted to eat there. That said, the breakfast (included in he room rate) was cooked to order and very nice. It rains a lot in arenal, so be prepared. The hotel has plenty of umbrellas, but at times there werent enough. Staff was very nice and attentive. Recommended!

Room Tip: While some reviewers said the rooms closer to the road are loud, we stayed in one and had no problem...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5km northwest from the Catholic Church on right hand side | 5km northwest from the Catholic Church on right hand side, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 98, Costa Rica
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Location: 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 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Romantic 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 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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