We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of April.
This hotel is unlike typical hotels you stay at in which each room is its own little house as opposed to an apartment style hotel where you walk along a hallway to your room. The rooms were huge. Shower was very large as well. They had a wooden lodge-type feel to it. On the front porch, you have a few tables and some chairs to relax. The surrounds are very beautiful with all sorts of plants which makes it a very nice view. You can also see the volcano from your porch. The grounds were very well kept and you get a chance to see some hummingbirds, geckos, frogs, birds and we spotted a turtle near the pond up front. There is also a hot springs at the back which was really nice. It was nice to have your own hot springs. We spent every night there after a long day of hiking and sightseeing. The bar near the hot springs at the back had great prices. $5 for cocktail. Among the cheapest I've seen at a hotel. There is also medium-sized swimming pool as well. The good thing about this hotel is that it seems very private and was not crowded. Many times we were either the only ones in the hot springs/pool or accompanied by 1 or 2 couples. However, since each room is out in the open, you may get the odd gecko that finds its way into your room. Another thing is that you hear all the night sounds the birds/insects make. There was one particular bird that woke us up a few times during the night because it was making its call. THey also have free wireless internet near the lobby. Rooms near the front might get a signal but our room was near the back so we couldn't get the signal until we we walked closer to the lobby.
Service was excellent. The hotel and restaurant staff were friendly and helpful. We dealt mostly with Eliomar at the front desk and he was very nice and a good source of information. We were also greeted with two free drinks when we checked in. That was a nice touch.
Breakfast was delicious. I recommend the gallo pinto. It's rice with beans, tortilla and eggs. Each breakfast also had a plate of fresh fruit, which was delicious, as well as juice and coffee.
The hotel is on the main road where most of the hotels are situated. It's about a few dollars cab ride to town. Be careful of taxi drivers that overcharge. We got dinged once when we cabbed to the La Fortuna Waterfall.
Things to do:
You can go into the La Fortuna town which is a short cab ride away. We went on the Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs tour. That was nice and we got to experience the hot springs at Ecothermales, which was huge and very nice as well. But it was much more crowded than the hot springs at this hotel. We also went to the La Fortuna Waterfall for a hike down and a swim.
One of our favourite hotels. Excellent service. Beautiful grounds. Clean and large rooms. Access to your own hot springs with cheap drinks. The only people that may not like this is if they don't like being outside since you will see geckos/frogs and hear lots of insect and animal noises at night
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park