My family (with 8 year-old boy) stayed at the Silencio Del Campo for 4 days. As everyone states, its a great place, with its own hot springs and beautiful grounds. Accommodations are like little cabins in the Costa Rican tradition - airy and very well-appointed.
The front of the hotel faces Mt Arenal, but also the road. The back of the hotel property is surrounded by farmland with some horses and cows milling around. There are also lots of trees full of birds - saw all three types of toucan during our stay.
The hotel is just outside of town on the route to the volcano. It sits next-door to an ugly hotel you might see in the pictures. Once you get over the shock that someone would build that, you won't notice it again. There are dozens of hotels in and around La Fortuna. We thought this was definitely one of the best choices. In terms of location, its handy to get into town to shop or eat, but still easy to drive out to all the nature-oriented attractions. The only alternative I'd consider, if I wanted more of a nature feel, is to stay at one of the places further out of town toward Arenal. I wouldn't stay right in town as it is a dusty, not too impressive place.
Silencio is really perfect for kids. Lots of room to safely roam, and the hot springs facility is excellent (and fabulously maintained I might add - very clean). Only some of all the hotels have access to the hot springs coming off the mountain, so only some have real hot springs. Most of the others are giant resort-style affairs, Silencio is smaller and more mellow. We didn't feel the need to go to any of the big spas. Silencio was enough hot water for us.
All the particulars about the resort were first rate - service and the included breakfast we both good. You can look at the things-to-do section for daytrips. There are a lot. We really enjoyed the area - more so then being on the coast, which is far hotter. In particular, the Sky Trek zip-line is CRAZY AWESOME. Much bigger and faster than the one in town. Track it down. It's sometimes listed under Monteverde attractions (they have one there too). We did multiple trips with Desafio tours. We were happy with them - white water raft was fun, and canyoneering, but during dry season canyon will be mostly dry. Also enjoyed butterfly conservatory for a quick stop - the one up toward the mountain, not in town. The front desk is very helpful in booking and recommending.
Great Place. Good people. ENJOY!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
- 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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