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“Ideal Base of Operations for Arenal Family Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Calabasas, CA
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31 hotel reviews
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“Ideal Base of Operations for Arenal Family Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

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!

Room Tip: The further from the road (toward the back of the property) you are the quieter it will be (but the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your beautiful comments about your stay. We are glad to know that you enjoyed everything on the property. We will be glad to have you again if you give us another opportunity next trip you come to Costa Rica. Thank you for choosing us and for taking a few minutes of your time to share with everyone how pleasant your stay was.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband and I stayed 2 nights at El Silencio del Campo for a perfectly relaxing end to our honeymoon, after an adventurous week in Manuel Antonio. We picked this place based on the fact that it was inexpensive, included breakfast and had hot springs right on the property... a winning combination!

The staff was so genuinely friendly. The reservations desk was very extremely helpful with our transportation arrangements from the local airport and to the international airport. The front desk welcomed us with refreshing drinks and got right down to business, helping us book our hike around the volcano for the next day.

Other than the hike, we didn't bother leaving the property to go into town or anything. We simply had drinks and snacks at the bar and ate at the restaurant. I loved that we got to try the delicious local food rather than Americanized junk. We had a few laughs with the staff, exchanging a little Spanish, English and French. They also put out fruit around some of the trees every morning so you get to see all sorts of birds come by for a little snack. Lorita the parakeet was so entertaining!

The site is so peaceful and serene with stunning views of the very elusive volcano. We only saw it in full view in the early morning and barely had time to grab the camera/phone before the clouds and fog rolled in. The hot springs were terrific. I really enjoyed having that kind of privacy as opposed to a more public setting. Though there were some workers cleaning the pools, it didn't bother me too much. My real gripe is with the noisy neighbouring hotel (Royal Corin?), which unfortunately is through no fault of their own. It sounded like they were having a big party with loud music which disrupted my R&R. Makes El Silencio's name kind of ironic... Despite that, I am giving them an excellent rating for everything else.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thanks sooo much for choosing you as one of your destinations to enjoy your honeymoon. It was a pleasure to have you as part of El Silencio del Campo family. We appreciate very much your detailed review. We glad to know that our team took care of all your needs and met your expectations. We work hard every day so our clients have a pleasant stay. My apologies for the inconvenient you had about the loud coming from the hotel next door. We are looking forward to welcoming you again in a near future.
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Stayed at the hotel with my family for four nights. It has the most cared for grounds I have ever seen, every nook and cranny is cleaned and groomed daily. Each of the hot spring pools, which are lovely, were drained and scrubbed every morning. The breakfast menu is limited, but all the eggs and milk are produced on the premises at their little farm. I loved the the freshness and ecofriendly aspect of their practices. The small individual homes feel warm and welcoming with their wood interiors, spacious bathrooms, and patio tables. We ate two simple lunches there of things we stored in the room's refrigerator. Would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Dear Guest,
i want to thank this guest for the comments based on the recent stay at our hotel. We are glad to hear that you loved the grounds and that you would return to the hotel if you ever come to Costa Rica again. It will be a pleasure for us if you give us that opportunity to serve you. We are looking forward to seeing you once again in a near future.
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I would like to start by saying most of what we experienced has already been said. My decision to stay at El Silencio was through much research and previous reviews on Tripadvisor. Thank you to all that gave great descriptions and advice. We were NOT disappointed!

After a l o n g day of travel, we arrived after dark. It was a little challenging to find our room. If you don't pay close attention to the markers directing you, you might wander a little off course but can still narrow it down.

Staff: Everyone always had a smile on their face and were eager to help.
- At the restaurant, our girls wanted to interact using their Spanish and were helped with words they had trouble with. Giving them an opportunity, wanting to learn more.
- When my husband asked for a drink at the bar by the hot springs, he didn't know how to make it, so he found out, went to the restaurant for the extra ingredients and mixed us awesome drinks.
- One night the power went out... we had been out on a hike of the volcano in a major downpour. When we returned a staff member was going door to door letting the guests know what happened and what to expect --- We would not be getting a hot shower. That was the least of our worries. We were soaked through. They were able to take our wet items and have them cleaned by morning (at a cost) so we wouldn't have wet clothes to pack. The power was only out for 1 hour.
- Speaking of rain, large umbrella's are provided by the hotel for guests to use. And we used them! They even let us go off site with them one night. THANK YOU

Grounds were beautiful and peaceful, just what we were looking for.

The only thing I have to add, that nobody else mentioned, is that there was a sign on our toilet paper roll to NOT flush the toilet paper. This was strange to us but we understood and complied.

Great first impression of Costa Rica for our first visit. Lovely people, wonderful food, unbeatable location. Recommending every chance I get.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Dear Guest,
Our staff is happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Your detailed and candid review is so helpful as talks about how the experience can be at our hotel. Our staff is committed to offer our clients the best service as possible. Our goal is that you have a pleasant stay. Thanks very much for sharing your opinion with everyone.
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Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We thought this was a nice stay. The gardens and hotsprings are beautiful! The flowers and fruit attract a lot of wildlife like colourful birds (toucan and parrot only from distance), lizzards and butterflies. The whole place has a great view on the Arenal. When your sitting in front of your house reading a book you overlook the volcano. The hot springs we're nicely decorated and there is a bar with great personell for fresh coctails while your relaxing!
The rooms we're clean but from decor a bit dated. The bathroom was very small. The diner and breakfast was oke.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thanks very much for sharing your opinion based on your recent stay at our hotel. We are all glad to know that you had a lovely time with us. We also appreciate very much your suggestions. Look forward to having you again in a near future.
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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We are so happy we chose to stay at El Silencio! We loved having our own little cabin and not connected to others! We had a great view of the volcano and from the minute we arrived, the staff was the best! We arrived from our 5 hour drive from the Caribbean coast and were handed fresh cold juices! They had the best advice on places to go and things to do! The staff in the restaurant were excellent too! We actually had the best food at the restaurant compared to the other places we tried in the town! We loved the hot springs at the hotel! We actually also went to the Tabacon Hot Springs ( which was very expensive)! The scenery was amazing and lots of hot springs, but they were not nearly as hot as the springs at El Silencio! Don't know if I would recommend Tabacon at all! Staff was not friendly at all!!! El Silencio surpassed all of them by far! Great place to stay in Costa Rica!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for sharing your opinion. We are all glad to know that our team did its best so you could have a pleasant stay. Thank you for choosing us and for considering us as one of your best destinations. Look forward to welcoming you again next trip to Costa Rica.
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Only spent 2 nights here, but the staff helped us plan an itinerary including ziplining and hiking around the volcano (which was amazing). We stayed in a villa, which there are around 15 or so and they look like mini lodges spread out over the property with the hot springs and spa in the back. You definitely have privacy from other villas, but with a family of 4, it was a little tight inside, even with 3 beds since it's really just one large room and a bathroom. The property was beautiful and quaint, and we took advantage of the hot springs whenever we had a break. To get into town was just an $8 cab ride or so, and there was a nice variety of restaurants in the area to check out. The park was great at night too. Oh, and the included breakfast was actually really good! The staff here really cared about making your trip awesome, and they really went out of the way to help us out. We booked a zipline trip for the 4 of us, but 2 of us chickened out at the top (600 feet above ground!) and had to come down, but they helped us get a decent refund at least. Overall, excellent place to relax, just don't try to cram too many people in the villas.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you for sharing with all of us your experience based on your hotel stay. Our hotel has a total of 23 villas. In the regular villas with two queen beds, we can accomodate maximum 4 people. Our separate units have one whole room with a porch facing the Arenal Volcano.

We are thrilled to learn that your had a wonderful time in our hotel and that our staff met your expectations. If you ever return to Costa Rica, we are hoping you give us another opportunity to serve you again.
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Also Known As:
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#7 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*
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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