(4/13 - 16) Hotel Silencio del Campo (SDC) is what Costa Rica is all about. This was the 2nd of the 4 hotels we stayed in during our CR honeymoon and we absolutely loved it. The staff was very friendly - front desk, spa, restaurant they all treat you like family! We were instantly greeted with a smile and received complimentary smoothies upon arrival. Our private cabin was very roomy, high ceilings, King bed, AC, cable tv (no reason to be watching TV but just in case), a romantic closed-in rear porch with Jacuzzi tub, and a spacious shower - great for 2 people :)
The day we arrived we got a couples massage which was incredibly relaxing and very reasonably priced. The staff also helped us book tours, call taxis, confirm interbus reservations etc. You can book all of the tours for less if you do it on your own, but the rooms don't have phones and it's not worth the hassle. If you do take a taxi, make sure to negotiate the price before you get in, they should not charge you more than $6 - 8 to get to most places in Arenal or La Fortuna.
The location is perfect, great view of the volcano (when it's not covered by clouds) and equal distance from the "downtown" and the majority of volcano-related activities. We were annoyed by the obstructed views from the Hotel Royal Corin which is next door. Not a big deal but couldn't they have just built it a few thousand feet to the left? Ok, done whining. At night you will hear all kinds of crazy-*ss birds and frogs that aren't on the standard 'sounds of the amazon' album. It takes time to get used to if you usually fall asleep to passing cars and barking dogs like we do, but it's a welcome change.
SDC has its own mini-hot spring (and a regular pool) which is a great way to start or end any day. You pay at least $50 to even look at a hot spring anywhere else in La Fortuna so it's a nice plus. The rooms, spa, and pools were all very clean. The grounds were carefully manicured, and the way things grow in this area I swear they cut the grass twice a day.
Our favorite part of SDC was the effort they made to use all local ingredients in the restaurant. By local I mean they grow fruits, vegetables and raise Tilapia on the hotel grounds. The breakfast is awesome (and included), lunch and dinner are decent. Menu is not extensive so you may decide to head elsewhere for a little variety.
There is a pond with the aforementioned Tilapia and Costa Rican ducks (If the Turducken was a real animal this is what they would look like). Next to the pond is a pen with two mini-crocodiles. As the story goes when they were building the Royal View Blocker next door, the construction workers found the crocs and wanted to eat them. SDC heard the croc's cry and rescued the twins, built a home for them, and they've lived happily ever after.
SDC is a magical place that allows you to enjoy your natural sorroundings without missing modern conveniences. More importantly you are able to experience everything that Costa Rica has to offer, unlike many of the mega-resorts (see Tabacon, Royal Corin) that are as unique as a trip to McDonald's. You will not be disappointed!
- 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