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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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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Welcome to Camp Silence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

(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!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

We got to stay 2 nights here. The place is very cute. You have little individual cabins. This place is owned by a costa rican that lives nearby, not a huge corporation, so don't expect branded anything. I think that was what was so refreshing. I have been at dives, 5 star resorts and everything in between. It rained the majority of the time we were there, but it was nice just to sit and listen to the rain, it was light most of the time and would occassionally stop so you can still walk around, go down to the hot spring that is relaxing or just sit on your porch and read.
The place was very clean, the food was delicious and the staff friendly. I even got a free mini facial at night in their little spa tent because we stayed 2 nights. So divine, looked just like a movie set with the candles at night.
We were not able to see the volacano when we stayed because of the cloud cover the entire time, but you can't fault the place for mother nature.
I did see a review were someone complained about the cleanliness of the hot spring. It was surrounded by lush landscaping, and was made to look as natural as possible but still made like a pool. The stones are gray and blue, don't expect it to look like a pool, although they had one of those too and it looked very clean.
We were not able to see the volacano when we stayed because of the cloud cover the entire time, but you can't fault the place for mother nature.
One thing I didn't like is there is a huge hotel that was built right next door that you can see towers over the place. I was going to stay to get away, didn't like looking at something that looked so out of place on one side because everything else was so cute and refreshing and simple.
I would recommend this place anyday to a couple or a family

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

Stayed here two nights in April, 2010. Wish we could have stayed longer; this place was fantastic. The grounds were beautifully manicured. The staff were friendly and helpful. The included breakfast at the onsite restaurant was excellent and really a terrific value for an included meal. The staff said that the hotel was very full while we were there but nothing ever seemed crowded or busy. It was very quiet at night and we slept really well. The room was great and we never saw a single bug inside our room, which is surprising for the tropics. Overall very highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Cleveland, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

We are a married couple with two children—aged 9 and 6. We stayed at El Silencio Del Campo for a couple of days in the first week of April, 2010. We were received in the cute and quaint outdoor lobby with welcome drinks. The concierge/receptionist offered me a free facial in their open air spa that evening. I jumped on the offer of course. The spa was beautiful, and the facial was the best I’ve ever ha, so I did tip the aesthetician well. The hotel grounds are beautiful and well-kept. They have homegrown papayas, guavas, bananas, pineapple…you name it. They are all organic, hand-picked and served fresh in the sumptuous breakfast that is included in the room price. The cabin was clean and airy, and the outdoor patio, beautifully landscaped. They have parrots, blue jays, hummingbirds, butterflies, lizards, frogs, and alligators (caged) on their grounds. The grounds are beautiful, with a great volcano view. The front desk is helpful and courteous, and confirmed our tour arrangements. The hotel has a kiddie pool, adult pool and its own hot spring next to the outdoor spa. We had dinner at the on-site restaurant—limited selection, but great tasting food, and some awesome coconut flan. The restaurant is manned by just two people, so service is a bit slow, but the staff is friendly and goes out of their way to make you feel at home. They do also have a kids' play area on site—our little one enjoyed that. Our daughters played with the two pet Chihuahuas on site—Tiki and Amaretto…and loved loved loved them! On our second night there, we went out into town (La Fortuna) for dinner to Las Brasitas recommended by the front desk. The children made some good friends at the hotel, and were together on the excursions and at the restaurants. Hi to Rand, Amy, and the girls if you are reading this.
What can I say? It’s a no frills, family friendly place. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for honeymooners or couples though. Our children fell in love with this place, and didn’t want to leave. The hotel proudly displays its 2009 and 2010 #1 rated Tripadvisor hotel plaques on the front desk. And why not? They deserve every bit of it.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Woodland, CA
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

This is the second time we have stayed at Silencio and I can't say enough great things about it. The bungalows are large, comfortable and clean. There are no bugs in the rooms! The grounds are lovely and the pool and hot springs wonderful. The included breakfast is tasty -whether you have the local rice and beans or pancakes that my kids liked better- and and keeps you full for hours. After a day of fun tours, we always ate dinner at their delicious restaurant. This hotel just seems to fit in perfectly with the local atmosphere, unlike the out of place monstrocity next to it!

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

This is a perfectly competent hotel, and a first-class base for La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano area, but it was somewhat lacking in character. In our view, however, it didn't really justify its (probably self-generating) rave TripAdvisor reviews and ratings. It's possible that our enthusiasm was dampened by two days of heavy rain, which prevented any view of the volcano whatever. But the overall impression was still very definitely unexceptional.

So what's good about El Silencio? Nice roomy cabin-style rooms in rather dull, newly laid gardens, mainly lawn; friendly and very helpful staff. But this was the only place we stayed where we had only intermittent hot water, and the wifi didn't really reach our room, which was a way from Reception. Also the restaurant, which provided nice if expensive evening meals, but just the standard CR breakfast - was nothing to get excited about and again was in a very utilitarian setting. As elsewhere. a good range of tanagers and other birds provide good close views coming to fruit nearby in the mornings. The (one) free massage on arrival is a nice touch. The romance of the 'hot springs' was somewhat reduced by seeing it empty and being cleaned; presumably it's actually just thermal hot water piped in from the adjacent hot springs resort owned by the same business. But it was very pleasant to sit soaking - in our case in the continuous gentle rain! The regular swimming pool is very small indeed for anyone wanting to swim lengths. The looming monstrosity of the new hotel is a definite negative, though we were far enough from it not to be troubled by any A/C fan or other noise from it. One wonders if the owners will be able to keep it filled...

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monroe, New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2010

My wife, brother, and me went on a 8 day trip to Costa Rica. We stayed at Hotel el Silencio for 4 of the days. We had a great time at the Hotel. All the staff members were helpful, smiling, and gave good recommendations for places to eat and activities to do, and in the process saved us a ton of money.
One thing I didnt like was that we were interested in seeing the jungle cats in the area and wanted to know if there was a zoo around - the front desk guy acted like nothing like that even existed. Later on we found out that The Springs Resort had their own small zoo with different cats from the area. We told the same guy and he suddenly knew all about it.
Also, when asking about the places with hot springs they never mentioned the springs resort but when I asked other people in the area and looked it up myself we decided to go there and really thought it was amazing at a great price. (40 dollars for 2 days, used their restaurants/pool tables/etc, and had a great time)

Positives:
- clean, beautiful cabins
- nice view of the volcano
- great location close to the city (but not in it), and closer to the volcano trails than other places.
- saw toucans there frequently
-wifi in our rooms

Negatives:
- Large hotel next to it overshadows the place and causes it to lose some of its beauty
- NO PHONES IN ROOMS. IF YOU WANT TO TALK TO THE RECEPTIONIST YOU HAVE TO GO THERE.
- The breakfast orange juice and fruits were good. The remainder of the 5 choices we had were mediocre but included in our stay there.
- Hot spring looked a little dirty - never ended up going there.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Family 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*
Number of rooms: 23
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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