Me and my husband stayed at El Silencio for 4 nights and found it to be a great value.
Upon arrival, they offered us refreshments, which were delicious. They also gave us a free facial and told us about their spa specials. I took advantage of the free facial on the first day and although it was very short, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Spa area was even more tranquil than the hotel grounds (hard to believe). My only regret is not booking a couple's massage with this hotel.
Every morning a full breakfast is served. You can enjoy the beautiful ground with birds singing around you. On our last morning there, we finally got to see the peak of the Arenal volcano, it was magnificent. Be sure to bring your camera with you to breakfast. You never know!
We knew we were going to spend quit a bit of money on activities while in Costa Rica so the fact that we didn't have to pay additional fees for the hot springs was music to my ears. As it turns out, it was the right decision. After a day of outdoor activities, we didn't have to travel anywhere else to enjoy the hot springs and we didn't have to break the bank to enjoy the spring every night. This not only save us admissions but cab fare. Best of all, it never got crowded like some of the other hot springs.
We didn't have a rental car but all the activities include hotel pickup and drop-off. With the exception of one night, we ate dinner at the hotel. We did this mainly because it cost about $14-16 roundtrip every time we want to go into town. The food was good but not spectacular. My husband liked the burger and I enjoyed the fish dishes.
Now, onto the cabin itself. I love the outdoor sitting area. That's probably my favorite part of the cabin. The room itself was a great size especially for just the two of us. All the rooms come with two queen size beds and a small fridge.
Some areas of improvements: The decor in the room and shower is a bit outdated. The lighting is not all that great, especially in the bathroom. Finally, my biggest pet peeves, beddings. I think this is crucial for any hotel. If you have cheap bedding, then it will make the rest of the room look cheap. I think this change can make a huge difference.
All in all, we would recommend this hotel to others.
- 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