El Silencio seems to be a natural extension of the countryside. Lush yet manicured, it's landscaping manages to impress and welcome at the same time. Multiple free-standing casitas are spaced out over the property so you never feel crowded; ours was clean and comfortable, well air conditioned when needed. For about the first half hour after our arrival we just strolled the property, taking in the abundance of flowers and birdlife, and admiring the view of Arenal volcano.
The hotel has a covered open air dining room where you can continue birdwatching while you eat. The food served here is mostly local cuisine although they do indulge tourists with a nod towards the American palate for some dishes. I recommend sticking with the local food. It's simple fare but very tasty and healthy.
The hotel is outside of La Fortuna and would require you to have a car to visit the town and many other local sites. This didn't bother us as each day tour companies picked us up at the hotel (zip-lining at nearby Arenal National Park, and white water rafting at Sarapiqui -amazing!). When we returned we were too tired to do much more than to slip into one of the hot water springs fed pools on the hotel property before going to bed.
I would definitely stay here again. Its hard not to love a place where hummingbirds are commonplace.
- 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