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Toro Amarillo, 1 kilometro al Norte de la Iglesia de, Bajos del Toro 21203 Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#1 of 2 hotels in Bajos del Toro
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4.7
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4.9
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4.8
Value
4.5
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique luxury cloud forest hotel set in Costa Rica's pristine Bajos del Toro region. Flanked by two national parks, this all-suite and private villa hotel combines upscale comforts with an intense natural immersion experience. Outstanding features include farm-to-table cuisine, a wellness spa, an adventure park, and authentic cultural experiences. Zip-lining, rappelling, horseback riding, waterfall hiking, oxcart painting, Tico cooking lessons, free Wi-Fi, and more can be enjoyed by couples and families.
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Free breakfast
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Javier B wrote a review Sep 2022
Escazu, Costa Rica41 contributions15 helpful votes
The hotel itself is beautiful. The restaurant is located next to a river with forest all around, food is great and service just as great. Villas are quite comfortable and cosy, each one has a jacuzzi and terrace, enough space for kids to play and room service is available. The surroundings are just incredible. They’ve managed to re-forest the entire place, there’s beautiful vegetation everywhere, hiking trails, waterfalls, bikes free for use, a small farm in which kids can feed trout and chickens and visit their green house where they grow ingredients for their restaurant. Horseback riding tours are available too which are great for the whole family. Staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, all of them where polite and more than happy to assist with everything, they make the stay much more enjoyable and make you feel welcomed since you arrive at the front gate. Around the area within 10 minutes you can drive to Dinoland, which is super fun for kids and offers tours and hiking, trout fishing all around and some amazing sights. I honestly loved the place, and we’ll definitely visit many times, specially since my son planted a tree which is a part of their reforestation efforts, and he’s very excited to see the tree grow.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for such a thoughtful review Javier! We were delighted to host your family and love to learn that your stay fully reflected the caring hospitality that has placed us among the world's best destinations. We have crafted every detail in support of a natural immersion experience that connects the spirit to the wonders of the forest. Our signature experiences are meant to propitiate relaxation, friendship, and bliss. We look forward to your future visits! Your special tree will be here to give you a green greeting!
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skybab wrote a review Mar 2021
los angeles15 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favorite
A paradise in Cost Rica! We decided to visit Costs Rica after found El Silencio online and the pictures online did not do it justice. The service The locals and staff members were the best part of our stay. We met the nicest and most warm people who took care of us and attended to our every need in such detail. We got to know the staff members on a personal level and it made the stay even more special. (A huge thank you to Merlyn from reception, Bryon, Edwardo and Kenneth(much thanks to pics) from activities and Mario, Alejandro and Luis from dining 😊). Activities We were blown away by the caliber of in-house activities. Usually we tend to venture out of resorts to find the best experiences, but during our stay at El Silencio we took advantage of the zip-lining, horse back riding and waterfall hikes situated just inside the resort, which were absolutely breathtaking. To summarize we were so impressed with the place and what it had to offer. I would definitely recommend this place if you enjoy adventure and beauty. El Silencio would remain as one of the most memorable place in our hearts. Thank you everyone!💖
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Mar 27, 2021
Hi Skybab! It was a delight to be your hosts and it was a delight to read your glowing review of El Silencio Lodge & Spa. We are proud of the caring hospitality that our team has crafted over the years. It's been a team effort, engaging our neighboring communities, and the best selection of professionals. Our unique combination of eco-adventures, fine dining, luxurious accommodations, and pristine forest is only surpassed by the authentic friendship that permeates the lodging experience. We thank you back, wholeheartedly!
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Jamie A wrote a review Sep 2022
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We booked this hotel through the Relais et Chateau website and had planned to use a generous gift certificate that we received for our wedding. We indicated this on the reservation. When we arrived, they did not indicate there would be a problem using the gift certificate. Yet on teh day we checked out, the hotel said they did not know how to redeem the Relais et Chateau gift certificate. It has been almost a month since we checked out and the matter has not yet been resolved. The room and accommodations were great and the staff was very pleasant. We enjoyed hiking to the waterfalls. We have fond memories of the trip. But we hope the matter of the gift certificates is resolved soon.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Greetings Jamie and thank you so much for celebrating El Silencio Lodge & Spa's amazing location and elevated services. We loved to be your special honeymoon destination and thank you for letting us know that wonderful memories were crafted during your visit. We sincerely regret the confusion regarding the redemption of the Relais Châteaux gift certificate. Please know that we are actively engaging with Relais Châteaux to resolve the situation as expeditiously as possible. Kindest regards!
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Kat Waller wrote a review Sep 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The landscaping is vast, rich and beautiful! Waterfalls, Hiking tours, Archery, Outdoor Yoga, Sound baths, a Hot tub on a deck in every freshly decorated private cabin, stunning views, full service spa and the delicious farm to table eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables and more! The entire staff, management and tour guides were all genuinely kind extending every best effort toward our every comfort. I can’t recommend this place more highly. Truly a piece of heaven in a cloud forest.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 3 weeks ago
It was a special pleasure to be your hosts Katwalls11! We have created this special destination with caring attention to detail and an enthusiastic commitment to showcasing Costa Rica's best. As a hidden cloud forest destination, we love to surprise our visitors with unexpected adventures, experiences, and comforts. Thank you so much for giving a shoutout to our team's authentic charm and hospitality. We hope to welcome you back to this paradise very soon!
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Giovanna S wrote a review Sep 2022
Santa Barbara, California86 contributions54 helpful votes
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Definitely the most healing luxurious place to stay in Costa Rica. We were literally in a cloud forest with farm to table food and all the amenities one could want. Everything about El Silencio is 5 star and beyond. Each lodge is beautiful with your own private jacuzzi and spectacular views, the craft cocktails are perfectly balanced and the food is literally grown in their green house. The property is on 500 acres with amazing trails to waterfalls, wildlife observing and even swings in the middle of the forest. I can’t wait to go back!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Kindest greetings Giovanna! El Silencio Lodge & Spa honors its Relais & Châteaux imprimatur by ensuring every guest lives an extraordinary hospitality experience. Thanks for sharing your enthusiastic impressions about this cloud forest wonderland. Our hospitality seeks to delight and surprise our guests with charming details, picture-perfect views, and thoughtful surprises! We can't wait to be your hosts again!
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likeswaterfalls wrote a review Aug 2022
Los Angeles, California8 contributions2 helpful votes
Really hard to review this hotel without resorting to serious superlatives. We LOVED our room -- really, your own cabin. Floor to ceiling glass, filled with light, your own spa, super well appointed. If you're into jungles and waterfalls -- and who isn't? -- you have miles of hiking, biking, running trails into it all -- feet away from your front door. The service was as good as I've found in the best hotels around the world -- from everyone (wait staff, front desk, General Manager, cleaning staff, etc.). The food was incredible. My partner loved all her meals. I'm a vegetarian and was a bit challenged for plant-based protein, but the new head chef there made me a special meal on our second night that included a quinoa gnocchi he created for the meal was was truly one of the best vegetarian dished I've had. He's creating a new menu and I pleaded with the chef and GM to include it! If you're traveling to Costa Rica, I highly recommend you include El Silencio. Like us, you may consider it one of your favorite hotels anywhere.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica is a land of waterfalls and stunning forest sights. This kaleidoscope of greens and shimmer inspired the creation of El Silencio Lodge & Spa. We embrace a unique brand of hospitality that captures the happiness mantra of the Pura Vida. We are delighted to learn that your stay offered the precise experience that we pledge in our every single one of our services. Our most sincere thanks for taking the time to detail the aspects that fully marveled you and your partner. We are thrilled to earn a special spot in your list of favorite hotels in the world. And we certainly hope to see you again very soon.
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Al G wrote a review Aug 2022
Nassau, New Providence Island6 contributions
After two years, we had the opportunity to visit this stunning hotel in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Again, the service and warmth of their staff captivated us, we will definitely become regulars on our future trips! Thanks to Rolando for the experience at Toro Bohemio bar!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Aug 29, 2022
We love to charm guests with Costa Rica's best cloud forest experiences! Thanks for returning to this wonderland of stunning views, connection to nature, and heartfelt friendship. Here's looking forward to your many returns! We are always adding new experiences and elevating our services to ensure that El Silencio Lodge & Spa is ever enchanting.
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Amy R wrote a review Aug 2022
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We had the most incredible stay here. Everything from the villa to the grounds to the hospitality simply blew us away. We brought our three kids - ages 5 and 3-year old twins- and instantly felt like family. They were so kind and accommodating, and our kids just fell in love with the staff. We hiked (the Mystic and waterfalls), gathered eggs from the chicken coop for the kitchen, fed the trout, spent hours drinking hot chocolate and playing by the fire in the lodge, planted a tree by our villa, and enjoyed the rainy, beautiful scenery. The food was amazing and the wine list was just as incredible. We absolutely CANNOT wait to come back. My husband (who has traveled extensively worldwide for his work) said this is the best place he’s ever stayed!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: The drive to the hotel can be tricky. Try to arrive before dark.
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Responded Aug 29, 2022
Greetings Amy! We can't wait to be your hosts again. Please know that your words mean a lot to us and inspire us to remain at the very top of Costa Rica's premium hospitality offerings. Our signature warmth draws upon a setting that elicits bliss, wellness, and a pure connection to nature and friendship. We were absolutely delighted to host your family. Thank you for letting us know that you will be returning in the near future. In the meantime, we will take great care of your family's tree :)
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JUAN CARLOS MONTERO wrote a review Aug 2022
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Our visit from the room, to the service of the marvelous staff to the food and the location allowed us to enjoy an amazing weekend. The Restaurant and the selections in the menu, are delightful. For the staff their intent, and warmth are exceptional.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Aug 8, 2022
Greetings Juan Carlos! We have crafted a special destination that inspires bliss, connection to nature, and the warmth of authentic friendship. Thanks for joining us in this special hideaway lodge in Costa Rica's incomparable Bajos del Toro region. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. Already looking forward to your return!
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Sam Smith wrote a review Aug 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This hotel, while located in a natural paradise, offers little value for the price. The best views are located outside the property. Pros: * Located in the middle of waterfalls * Onsite waterfalls * Adventure park with zip lines * The staff tries to be helpful Cons: * Slow service at the restaurant. Overpriced for value. The restaurants outside the property have better food at a much lower price. * Poor options for vegetarians * Difficult to schedule times for activities * Isolated and not close to anything * Some rooms have views of ... other rooms instead of nature. * Hot water is finicky and didn't work well * The humidity makes it hard to dry things
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Aug 8, 2022
Kind greetings samsmith181. It was a pleasure to be your hosts. Inlaid in a green wonderland of waterfalls and mystical cloud forest, El Silencio Lodge & Spa welcomes travelers with bespoke services and a brand of hospitality that is keen to delight. We regret that your experience and impressions fell short of our standards. We appreciate your positive feedback and would certainly welcome further comments regarding the areas you found lacking. It seems that our vegetarian options did not fulfill your expectations and this had a negative overall impact on your enjoyment of our dining offerings. We will review this with our Chef. All of our Suites and Villas are surrounded by gardens and are individually laid out in a tiered setup to guarantee privacy and excellent views of the forest, the river, or the cloud-kissed mountain. Please do reach out with any suggestions that could have made a difference. Sincere regards!
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$447 - $646 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaBajos del Toro
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Poas Volcano (4.6 miles), Blue Falls of Costa Rica (4.3 miles), and Finca Organica (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a view of the mountains, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Las Ventanas Restaurant, Restaurant Tipico Toro Amarillo, and Mia's Pizza.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does El Silencio Lodge & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is El Silencio Lodge & Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.