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“Fabulous hotel and hot springs” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel El Silencio del Campo
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5 km west from the Catholic Church in La Fortuna | Main Street, right hand side, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4417, Costa Rica   |  
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Lynn, Massachusetts
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5 hotel reviews
“Fabulous hotel and hot springs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

One of the best places ever! Beautiful grounds...spacious luxurious cottages....hot springs. The rooms were gorgeous, comfortable, and spacious. The free breakfast was delicious and the service was phenomenal. Hot springs were so beautiful, with multiple pools and varying temperatures. We opted to eat in town because we wanted to explore a bit, but heard that the food there was excellent. The town is a short drive away, with lots of good restaurants and shops. We were able to book our excursions from the hotel, and the staff was very accommodating. We highly recommend booking a volcano hike with Johnny, one of the waiters from our breakfast. He knows his stuff, was a fantastic affordable guide, and took plenty of pictures for us!! Cannot say enough about him, he was great.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We spent 3 nights at El Silencio del Campo based on the great reviews on Tripadvisor. Well, we were delighted. This is a small hotel with about 25 cabins. The cabins are of great size and very nice. The cabins were nicely decorated. The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. Each room has a view of the Arena volcano. The Hot Springs are truly spectacular. We went there everynight and this was just fantastic. This is so nicely done... The restaurant is small but the fiod they serve is very good. Breakfast, included with the room price is also very good. Some people complained in the reviews about quantity but we disagree. There is just enough food and this is delicious (the freshly squeezed orange juice was great). All people in the hotel were very nice and friendly. Overall, GREAT stay in all key respects. Again, the hot springs are fantastic. We went to another hotel (Hilton Papagayo) before El Silencio del Campo and El Silencio was much better!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The place is very beautiful and the price is good.....it is near to all the things you want to do and from the city center of la fortuna....the service is very good and the food from the restaurant is very good....Nice litle cabin and beautiful view of the Volcano and also our private hot spring so that you can save money from other hot spring....A most stay, i give it 5 stars.

Martin from Montréal , Canada

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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London, Canada
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39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

You get your own little cottage surrounded by amazing gardens. the Hot tubs from the volcanic waters pumped up were amazing and no need to pay to go to other hot tubs, these are the real deal. Food at the restaurant was very good, despite being small, it was great. Taxi from here to town was about $7 each way so not too bad. Tour companies pick you up from your hotel so very convenient. Service, rooms all good.

Room Tip: We liked having rooms close to the front, as we were in/out and to restaurant more than our one trek...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angles
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23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Nice reasonably priced resort in the La Fortuna area. The cabins and grounds are well maintained and the staff is helpful. Our kids loved running around the grounds and some of their favorite memories are dancing (and then swimming) in the afternoon downpours (when there wasn't thunder and lightning.) They also loved the natural springs hot tub (a large pool actually), and watching the birds come to feed in the morning outside the open air restaurant (the resort puts out fruit).

The one obvious downside is that right next to this resort is a large, imposing, and not very pretty, hotel. Not much the resort owners can do about this - and at least that neighboring hotel is reasonably quiet (unlike Baldi Hotsprings - which is about 100 yard down the road on the opposite side of the road.).

Note on roads and location - before we arrived we worried that the roads would be in poor shape and make location critical. However we generally found all the roads in Costa Rica to be in good shape. No washouts, no systemic problem with pot holes, ... . The one problem is that many of the roads away from the tourist areas are very narrow and/or twisty - which is not generally a problem unless you want to pass someone (e.g. one of the many agricultural produce trucks.).

Potable water - after reading multiple tour books we felt comfortable trying the tap water in La Fortuna. No problems. No one got sick even after days of drinking it.

Note on the food - the kids were, predictably, not so fond of the food (breakfast every morning - and we ate lunch/dinner there occasionally) because it was unfamiliar. But the adults found that, in general, it was actually pretty good food. Better than most of the restaurants available in town - so worth spending at least a few relaxing lunches or dinners at the resort.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

stayed for 2 nights, booked it last minute, in the high season and so prices were high (200$ per night).
The villa itself was great, had a problem with the hot water that was fixed 5 minutes after we called.
Cleaning itself wasn't perfect as the bathroom was a bit neglected.
Besides that staff is extremely nice and helpfull.

The springs are very nice, but very mediocre if you compare them to the serious places.

As for breakfast, very nice but very basic with limited selection and limited toppings.

To sum it up, a great place with a really great service but for the price we payed maybe we expected just a bit more...

  • Stayed March 2013
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35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at El Silencio del Campo. While the rooms themselves were not luxe, they were large, clean and quiet--if a tad dark. That, however, was more than made up for by the grounds, the spa, the service, the quiet, and the location. I got up early my first morning and walked around the grounds looking for birds to photograph. I met a man who turned out to be the owner, who told me about all the birds in the area, and gave me lots of ideas of places to visit. He was lovely! But the biggest surprise was the spa. I used the complimentary mud facial as an excuse to get a number of treatments--which took place in private cabanas and came with the use of a private hot spring, which was fed just for me from the volcanic waters and poured over my head in a waterfall. The fireflies lit up the trees above, and it was an absolutely idyllic experience. The restaurant was pleasant, and they also brought room service to my private deck. I loved how personal and low key the hotel was--and would definitely recommend it for any traveler who wants a quiet and more authentic experience of Arenal--which seemed full of overwrought, large touristy hotels. And it was very safe for the single traveler!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 5 km west from the Catholic Church in La Fortuna | Main Street, right hand side, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4417, Costa Rica
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 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Family 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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