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Hotel El Silencio del Campo
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

This is a wonderful hotel. Our favorite aspects of it: incredible pool/hot springs right on site, every person working there was super friendly, helpful, warm and a pleasure. Spa services (Elena) were heavenly. When one goes for a massage here, it's in a large tent near the hot springs, but still very private. The tent is filled with candles and beautiful dark wood, a dim soothing environment. Aromatherapy, a wonderful fragrant massage oil, so soothing and then a pineapple tea with little cookies afterward. The bartender was incredible and made incredible cosmopolitans at only $5 or $6 a drink. Rooms are simple but clean and tastefully decorated, coffee pot and safe in the room, giant walk in shower. A gentleman at the front desk easily arranged an atv tour for my son and myself. Larson in the dining room was especially wonderful--always attentive, a smile and down to earth. Hummingbirds are all over the grounds as are beautiful flowering plants and trees, ducks, geese, bullfrogs, butterflies. I would happily come back here in a moment!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

Good location between downtown Fortuna and Volcano attractions. Friendly and helpful staff gave good advice (except for Benedictus Restaurant- see my other review). They were very helpful getting activities booked

Individual cabanas are nice, with the exceptions of having only 30 seconds of hot water (no exaggeration) and one of our queen beds having noticeable indentation -- probably just from extensive use.

The single hot spring they offer is nice enough....but haven't been to others to compare. The massage service I received -- Deep Tissue-- was above average. The free breakfasts are pretty good as well.

When we were here, weather was rainy and overcast, so not able to comment on the volcano view. Overall satisfied.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

My wife and I stayed there on our honeymoon and it was fantastic. You have your own place which gives you privacy while being in the middle of everything. We ate at the restaurant as much as possible. It was great and the waiter was very helpful. The spa was great and the hot springs weren't bad. Great city! Great place to stay!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank THart005
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Stayed here last year and was lucky to have found this place. The surroundings were gorgeous, food was good and reasonably priced..would definitely stay here again. Volcano views and toucans in the trees. And the private cabins were very comfortable. Only stayed 2 nights, wish it was longer.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

We stayed here five nights in November 2011. This hotel was the perfect choice and location for our family of 2 adults and 3 kids ages 4, 6 and 8. It was close enough to all activities. We originally were going to book Arenal Observatory Lodge which was a little out of the way until I learned the volcano was not spewing lava. Decided it was not worth driving back and forth for our daily adventures which included pickup/dropoff in the tour price. The Hot Springs pool is great and was approximately 100 degrees F. Because we had it on site, we did not feel we needed to go to any of the Hot Springs tours with dinner. It is large enough for the kids to enjoy as a swimming pool and for us to sit and hang with bar close by (too bad not swim up). It was not quite 4 feet deep but had plenty of sitting area, a nice waterfall and view of the volcano. Swimming pool is a bit cold but the kids enjoyed it for a bit prior to going to the Hot springs. There is a small playground with swings, see-saw, etc. Rate included daily breakfast which made the daily cost of staying there a great bargain and convenient to eat before going on a tour/adventure. You have choice of 5 breakfasts (ranked in order of deliciousness): Typical, Banana Pancakes, Omelette with peppers, ham, mushrooms, Rancheros (fried eggs with tomato sauce) and Toast w/Jam & butter. Fresh fruit plate, juice/coffee/hot chocolate also came with breakfast. Hot chocolate was awesome. Lunch/dinner menu is good (note: we are from NJ and drank the tap water with no problem) if you stick with the typical dishes and the grilled fish (tilapia) or chicken. If there are more than 2 seated tables, restaurant service is very slow, due to inefficient staff. (Tip: leave condiments on each table; take an order, give to kitchen before taking the next table's order) Benedictu's Steak House is 2 minute walk next door however would NOT recommend going there (bad service; steaks, though tasty, took 1 hour and came only with 1 side and they wouldn't accept credit card until we said we didn't have cash on us and refused to go to La Fortuna for ATM) The cabins are comfortable, spacious and stand-alone, so very private and quiet. You do not have to worry about disturbing your neighbors! Great view of volcano. Shower w/consistent hot water also spacious. Bathroom counter sink separate from toilet/shower and large area. Shelves for putting stuff on but no storage for clothes or hanging wet clothes. Nice outdoor sitting area facing volcano. We were in Cabin #4 and wi-fi worked with no problems (we heard the service for back cabins weren't so good and had requested prior to arrival) We were lucky and saw the volcano on 3 clear days during transitional time in November. Weather here was great too. Only rained one day. No phones in room but front desk extremely helpful and would make phone calls for you as needed. They were also helpful with recommendations for kid-friendly activities. Our adventures (1 per day) were: Canos Negros tour (great, relaxing way to view wildlife but 4 hour round trip drive not our favorite); Horseback to La Fortuna Waterfall (our 4 and 6 y.o. rode w/guides and guides let them steer horses); Ecoglide zipline (kids did Tarzan swing alone but rode ziplines in tandem with guides); spelunking in Venado Caves (this was awesome; the kids were a little scared at first but after the first 10 minutes, loved it, and they crawled through every hole and climbed up the walls with our help); hiking at Hanging Bridges (no guide but saw lizards, various birds, pit viper) and Arenal Volcano National Park (went all the way up to the 1992 lava trail which was totally worth the $20 admission ($10/adult) and saw cool wildlife there too) and Jeep Boat Jeep to Monteverde.

In summary:
Pros: Hot Springs, breakfast included, stand-alone, spacious, private cabins, on-site restaurant, helpful front desk, refrigerator, working Wi-Fi, close to all activities/adventure tours, free facial (though only 15 min long, not long enough)

Cons: cold swimming pool, lack of storage for clothing so had to live out of suitcase, no place to hang wet clothes to dry, if restaurant busy, takes long time for meal, no pasteurized milk for the kids

Room Tip: For good wi-fi, choose cabins toward front. Cabins in middle are close to swim pool. Cabins toward back are closest to Hot Springs pool. All rooms have view of volcano.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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