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Hotel El Silencio del Campo
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We hired a car at the Avis Aeropuerto (which isn't really at the airport..ha) in San Jose and drove the very windy roads to La Fortuna. Thank God for GPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are no shoulders on the roads, few markers to state what the road is, and so it is pretty intense, especially when navigating around trucks on corners.
It is a very pretty drive though...and thankfully not too long..about 3-4 hours, depending on how lost you get.
Arenal Volcano was covered in clouds when we arrived, but the hotel and its grounds made up for that. Next door is a monstrous hotel, which I was hoping was not what I had booked into. Thankfully El silencio was more our style.
Cute little cabins...very clean, spacious...and extremely well maintained. Beautiful grounds and gardens, which attracted lots of birds, lizards, and even a roosting bat under a banana leaf etc. And the perk of the hot springs pools at the back of the hotel...which were lovely...some pools were hotter than others...and it was nice to try them all.
Our cabanas were not ready, as we had arrived early...so we wandered the grounds...then the bar tender opened the hot pool bar...and we relaxed with our feet in a pool.
We had a wonderful lunch...marvelous service...great tasty food...nice to be able to put that all on our room bill.
Rooms were ready...so we settled in...then spent some serious time in the hot pools.
We had prearranged with El Silencio to go with Canoa Aventura on an Arenal hike, then to Tabacon hot springs for an evening in hot water...and a buffet...I will do that review next. That was all arranged for us, and we were given a sale price as a bonus!! Know that it was a great experience...the guide was terrific and Tabacon was amazing. Was nice that the hotel could arrange that for us.
Breakfast at El Silencio was just as good as lunch...very professional people.
Someone had kindly placed banana sections out on a dead bush in front of the open air restaurant...so we dined as we watch all the birds feed. Great fun.
Arenal Volcano showed itself in fine form this am...and we watched until the hairnet of clouds concealed the peak...wonderful.
Would so encourage people to visit this fine hotel...staff was terrfic and helpful. Stay was lovely.

Room Tip: away from the road...but all cabanas are quiet as this place is out of the town
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your beautiful comments. Our staff is glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Our main priority is always the clients' satisfaction. That's the goal we work for every day.Thanks a million for having chosen our property as your destination to come stay and relax. it was a pleasure to serve you. Look forward to welcoming you again.
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Hotel Silencio del Campo in Arenal is a "Little Paradise". The grounds are beautiful! The hot- spring tubs were awesome to soak in after our days of active adventures and the pool-side drink service was really nice. The staff were so welcoming and friendly we truly felt like valued guests. Having our own luxury cabana-like cabin was very romantic. The restaurant was such a delight-from the excellent service, to the tasty dishes, to the reasonable prices, to the atmosphere-we never even made it into La Fortuna to dine. We had clear days so our view of the volcano was magnificent. We could just feel the stress rolling off of us here. This is what a vacation is supposed to feel like. The hotel provided a complimentary facial upon check-in! Now this is how to start a vacation! I would have liked to have taken advantage of the beautiful on-site spa services, but thought it was even pricier than US spa prices, so I did not partake. Although we were excited about going on to our other adventures in Costa Rica, it was hard to leave this lovely, romantic, private little paradise. We stayed during low season, so we had our favorite hotspring tub to ourselves. Relaxing, romantic, beautiful, great service, impeccable care and cleanliness, what else is there to say. Would recommend. Would definately stay here again!

Room Tip: All cabins have a private front patio that faces the volcano, so if the visibility is good, the view...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you very much for taking a few minutes of your valuable to share your comments with all of us in regards to your recent stay at our hotel. We are looking forward to having you back in a near future. it will be a pleasure to serve you again. We are all happy to learn that you had a lovely stay. if there's a future trip back to Costa Rica, we are hoping you can give us another opportunity to host you.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here at the end of May this year and it was an incredible place. The views of the volcano were sensational, the hot springs quiet, extemely clean and relaxing. The rooms were spacious and immaculate and were great to return to every evening. The staff could not have been more helpful with our every request and I would not hesistate recommending El Silencio (one small point, you do need to have a car or hire a taxi to get here from La Fortuna but it is only a 6 or 7 minute easy drive)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you very much for sharing your comments based on your recent stay at our hotel. We are glad to know that you fully enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to serve you. Hopefully this is not the first or the last time you come visit us. We are looking forward to seeing you in the future. Thank you for choosing us as one of your destinations during your visit to Costa Rica.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Must admit, I felt a bit disappointed having not booked the Nayarra and having had to go there en route to our drop off to Silencio.

However, this is a great hotel! The rooms/cabins are spacious and well maintained. The bathroom was a little tired.

Breakfast was good and dinner too, with great service, however the was a lack of atmosphere, but this likely due to our "out of season" visit and some heavy showers in the evening. For our early tour, breakfast was arranged in advance which was nice. The chap at reception was also super firendly interms of arranging tours and helping us with crossing the border in Nica.

The hot springs are brilliant and were a great retreat at the end of the day. I like the way the tours were added to our bill so we could pay by card at the end of our stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
We appreciate the time you invested to make your comments. That's really helpful and necessary to keep improving our service. We are kind of sad for not having fully met your expectations as our main priority is our clients' satisfaction. We are hoping you can take us into consideration again for a future visit to Costa Rica. Again, thank you a lot for your comments as we will take those into consideration.
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San Carlos, California
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I found the privately owned Hotel El Silencio del Campo on Trip Advisor, read the reviews and booked a four night stay having never been to Costa Rica, La Fortuna or the Arenal Volcano area. After a week and a half of surfing on the Guanacaste coast, arriving at Hotel El Silencio del Campo was like stepping into an oasis of comfort and relaxation. The individual cabins had wonderful beds and quality linens. The restaurant area was lovely and the amazing food and staff treated each and every guest like they are in a private home. The first morning at breakfast I noticed the gardeners working under the very detailed direction from someone who cares deeply about the native plants and the gardens that surround the hotel, volcanic pools and surrounding property ... the gardens are a wonderland and you can see and feel the the pride and care that the owners (who live onsite) provide to their guests. The spa and massage I had was out of this world and the impeccably kept hotspring pools are other worldly. Do not stay at one of the larger hotels ,,, this one is authentic and a must visit!!! We loved it and will be back.

Room Tip: Any of the cabins in the middle or in the back of the property by the spa are lovely! All are positi...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thanks very much for having chosen our property as one of your destinations for vacationing and for having shared your opinion with all of us based on your recent stay. We are glad to know that we fully met your hotel expectations. We loved the way you described your experience and everything our hotel has to offer to the clients. Look forward to welcoming you again in a near future.
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Walnut Creek, California
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

For a twenty-something couple looking for relaxing lodging in a town full of places to have adventurous activities during the day, Hotel Silencio del Campo was the perfect choice! It is located too far out of the town of La Fortuna to walk, but it would be an easy drive and cabbing was fairly inexpensive. Each room is a stand-alone cabina. The outside appears rustic and charming, while the inside has all of the amenities of an upgraded and classy modern hotel room. As per others' suggestions to request a high number cabina to be further away from the street, we were placed in cabin 17. Although you cannot see the volcano from inside the room, open the front door and there she is! There was a nice table on the front "patio" to sip coffee and watch the clouds pass over the volcano. (note: when we first arrived I was certain that cabin 18 had THE BEST view. But ours was GREAT too!). The friendly staff at this resort made this trip especially memorable (special shout out to Jose at the pool bar). The included breakfast had limited options, but was very nice to look forward to. Each day started with a fruit platter, juice, coffee, and water. Then an entree of moderate portion, all while we admired the beautiful birds that have a feast on papaya and banana just outside the open air restaurant. The natural hot springs (no water treatment! = no burning eyes!) were near the back of the property (approximately 6 of varying temperatures). Very relaxing given their surroundings of lush tropical flora, with some occasional fauna! We also took advantage of the free mud facial treatment and were offered a discount on a second service, so my partner had a very lovely massage. The spa area has two additional hot springs that really added to the experience. Since we traveled during low season, we pretty much felt that we had the resort to ourselves the entire trip. We only saw people at the pool 3 times out of our many visits. The spa was empty when we had our treatments. The restaurant only ever had 2 other tables occupied while we ate. Although we heard that the downside to low season travel is that you may never see the top of the volcano, we took pictures every day thinking "this is as good as it's going to get..!" and then it just kept getting better!! PURA VIDA! (Consider discussing your travel plans with Nikki at PuraVidaEh.com to rece(ive discounts and further suggestions! - we did and she was fabulous!)

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you so much for the detailed review. We appreciate your opinion very much. We are all glad to know that you enjoyed your visit and that our staff made all possible so you got a nice experience. If you ever return to Costa Rica, we are hoping you can give us another opportunity to serve you. it will be a pleasure to host you again in the future. Thanks a million for being part of El Silencio del Campo family.
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

I loved staying at this hotel and stayed here for four nights. It was almost like having you're own house, every family or person had their own cabin to stay in. It was included with breakfast every morning which was delicious and came with yummy fresh fruit. There were also hot springs with different temperatures of the volcano. There was a bar where you could get non virgin or virgin cocktails. Lovely service everyone was very helpful and kind for our stay. It was a bit expensive but it was worth it for this lovely hotel. I went to the spa for a pedicure with my mother and we both enjoyed it, it was very relaxing and peaceful I would defiantly come back!!!!!!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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LuisDiegoZuniga, Propietario at Hotel El Silencio del Campo, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you very much for your input based on your recent stay at our hotel. it was a pleasure for us to have you in our hotel. Hopefully you come visit us next time you make it to Costa Rica. Our team is glad to know that you had a pleasant stay. Look forward to seeing you in a near future.
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Property: Hotel El Silencio del Campo
Address: 5 km west from the Catholic Church in La Fortuna | Main Street, right hand side, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4417, 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 Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Business 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 featuring a set of swimming pools, hot springs and spa, also offers its guests 23 individual villas with a small patio right outside facing the majestic Arenal Volcano, surrounded by colorful and lush gardens, that gives a natural sensation to your experience. ... more   less 
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