I selected this hotel based on the rave reviews left on Tripadvisor. I have to say, everyone is right, this is a great hotel.
There is a monster hotel being built next door and the construction did start on the early side, but considering we were rarely in the room, it was not enough of a nuisance for me not to recommend the hotel or to stay elsewhere if I was to return in the near future.
Now the many positives... Arenal / La Fortuna is a gorgeous place and the hotel is located 5 KM outside of town and on the road out to the hot springs, volcano, etc., so it is centrally located to places you will want to go and see. The grounds are beautifully maintained. Everything is sparkling clean - our room, the pool, the restaurant. I did not notice any bugs in our room of any sort, even though we were essentially in the middle of a rain forest... definitely a positive from my perspective. The "room" was spacious and it is a real treat from a traditional hotel. In addition, I thought it was the best free breakfast we had in Costa Rica as it was always fresh and made to order. We also ate lunch there one of the days and enjoyed the food.
It is of note that my friend and I did not have a car. We chose to fly Nature Air around Costa Rica and we had no problem coming and going as we wanted to. The tours (which we booked ahead of time on the Internet) will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. Cabs are a nominal cost compared to the US and they arrive quickly. My friend and I easily got into La Fortuna (Restaurant Don Rufino was enjoyable) or to the waterfall (highly recommend!) by taking taxis. As our Spanish is horrific, English speaking drivers were often sent for us, and they would point out fun toursity things along the way. As a side note, if you drive to the falls, be warned - calling that a road is a pretty liberal definition of the word.
Again, as others have noted, the owners of the hotel are extremely kind, helpful people. They are genuinely interested in making your vacation a good one.
As far as activities while we stayed there, we also ziplined using Skytrek in Arenal (also highly recommended - I always felt safe and it is SO fun). The Skytrek facility is not too far from the hotel. In addition, we did do the Volcano Hike and Ecothermales (with dinner) package through Sunset Tours. We chose Ecothermales (same owners as the hotel) as I read it was the "least touristy" of the springs. Although I have no comparison, it was very serene the evening I was there. The facilities at Ecothermales were clean and the grounds are gorgeous; the dinner, although not spectacular, was solid for a tour associated meal.
All in all, Arenal / La Fortuna was a highlight of our vacation in Costa Rica and this hotel was part of this great experience. I look forward to returning to this hotel and part of the country in the future.
- 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