More about Hotel El Silencio del Campo
My boyfriend and I stayed at Silencio del Campo for 3 nights. We enjoyed it very much. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with flowers, green grass, tropical plants, and bird feeders. The individual cabins were amazing. The one we were in was built 4 months ago. They are kept very clean as is the restaurant and pool area. There are 2 huge sliding glass windows in each cabin so you can open them to get a nice breeze coming though as well as incredible views of the volcano and the valley on the other side. The showers are also huge which was nice. All of the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The food at Silencio was also very good; we ate there a handful of times.
The only downside to our stay was the construction going on right next door. They are building a 4 story hotel which seems very out of place in Arenal. So there was some noise during the day and some whistling from the construction workers. Also a small part of the view of the volcano was blocked by the partially constructed building. Despite this, we still liked the hotel...everything else was so awesome, the construction didn't seem to matter. We also we're out most of the day doing activites so we didn't deal with it much.
I would definitely stay here..The owner, Luis Diego, definitely knows how to run a hotel!
Wonderful stay in Fortuna
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Silencio Del Campo. We were there for three nights and had a wonderful time. The property is beautiful and has a wonderful view of the volcano. FYI Silencio Del Campo is on the lush side of the Volanco, not the active side!! We were in Cabina 4, and had a breathtaking view from our window. All of the Cabinas have two double beds, front porch with table and chairs, private bath, refridgerator, coffee maker, air conditioning and a television. Heliconias abound on the property which also includes a beautiful pool and lily pond. The rooms were very clean and the breakfast was delicious. The complimentary delicious included fresh fruit, fresh juice, coffee carafe, and your choice of typico (eggs, rice, beans, cheese), toast, omlette, banana pancakes (my personal favorite, I had them all three days). The staff was very friendly. We ate dinner at the restaurant on the property our first night. The food was very good and the wait staff very helpful.
The only downside to our stay at the hotel was the construction of a hotel next door. The hotel looks quite large and it´s a ¨hotel¨ in the true sense of the word, not cabinas, which were what we looked for in Fortuna. The noise started fairly early about 6 am and took place 7 days a week, but since we were up and about early most everyday, it wasn´t that much of an inconvience, I would not let this deter you from a stay at theis great hotel.
We went to the Fortuna Waterfall (down about 450 steep steps, but worth the climb back up!!), did a Jacamar Volcano Hike, enjoyed the hot springs at Eco Thermales, and drove around Fortuna and Arenal (we had our own car). In hindsight the guided tour of the Volanco was ok and wasn´t worth $30 per person. The guide was very sweet, but rather young and not very experienced, she wasn´t able to provide us with many startling facts about the volcano. We did return the following day and drove past the park entrance and found a beautiful viewing area right off the road where we watched firey rocks tumble down the side of the mountain and saw quite a few toucans. Overall, we would recommend doing the hike of the Volanco by yourself if you have transportation or take a taxi, park entrance is only $7 per person.
With regard to restaurants, make reservations!! We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Don Rufino in Fortuna with two other friends. The steaks were fabulous and very reasonably priced, the wine by the glass was fabulous as well. We almost ate there two nights in a row.
Our second night we made reservations at Mirador Steak Restaurant and asked specifically for a table outside with a view. When we arrived they tried to seat us inside and we declined. They then proceeded to seat us, not in the front of the restaurant (where there were 4 open tables), but on the side with only one seat with a view. Their menu was VERY PRICEY, so we left and enjoyed a fabulous meal in Fortuna at La Choza de Laurel. Very reasonably priced and the whole roasted chicken was more than enough for two people.
Overall, go to Don Rufino make a reservation, you don´t need one for La Choza de Laurel (much larger with a rustic flair and picnic bench seating). SKIP Mirador Steak House!!!!!!
Tico Charm and Hospitality
Everything we thought it would be. The property is breathtaking and blends thoughtfully with the landscape. A tropical garden surrounds each cabin and the volcano can be seen from every porch thanks to the one story construction. You truly feel like you are in "El Campo" (the country). Luis Diego (owner) and Alex did everything in their power to accommodate our every need. Starting with a much appreciated welcome fruit drink to phone calls and reservations at all the local activities. Because this is a local business one could feel the warmth and pride in every detail. I would definitely stay here again because I not only felt like I discovered a great little resort but met some very special people.
A word about the building next door. A four story hotel will soon be completed. It is very disappointing to me as I'm sure the people of Fortuna that this type of construction is rearing its ugly head in this beautiful pristine area. Hopefully the local people will realize that unless some form of zoning is put into place ASAP, it could be just the beginning of indiscriminate construction: blocking views, paving massive areas for parking and threatening the aesthetics of a beautiful environment. It is up to the people of Fortuna to create laws that would prohibit inappropriate construction, but as tourists we can encourage environmental awareness by staying in locally owned properties that respect the land and show thoughtful planning in lieu of greed.
We had a great stay at this hotel! The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, the rooms were immaculate and the food was delicious! Nothing bad to say - highly recommend! Thanks Alex and Diego!
Great loacation, extremely nice people
My wife, young daughter (20 months) and I stayed at Silencio in late March.
The entire hotel is great and the staff is very helpful. We stayed in cabina #5 and hat a great view of the volcano. The breakfast was great and the portions were huge, which my daughter seeme dto like.
The hotel construction next door is unfortunate but it didn't bother our stay and we recommend the hotel if you are in La Fortuna.
The hotel also has a familial tie with Eco Termales and that alone makes the hotel the best place to stay.
Diego and his young son were so nice and his son actually volunteered to let my daughter ride one of his personal horses because she was so interested in them. What a nice family!
This place is fabulous! The cabins were gorgeous and spacious. We had our own porch with a table and 4 chairs. We stayed in cabin #7 and had a direct volcano view. Everyone is very helpful and nice. The restaurant there is good. Breakfast is complimentary. The only downside is a Wellness and Spa hotel is being constructed next door. So you have all the construction noise during the day. It is very convenient to town and Eco Thermales.
Spa tip: I found a spa in La Fortuna called Los Suenos Spa and the owner is Lorena. She is located right across the street from the church. I got a full body volcanic mud wrap for $25!! Yes, the facilities are VERY, VERY basic, but she is very professional and did a great job. She also does massages, facials, etc.
if you like heliconias and gingers in your landscape this place is for you; the grounds are landscaped with these and other tropical plants. grounds are immaculate but not lush. stayed 2 nights in late april, 2007. cabina #6. each cabina has large sleeping quarters; ours with 2 double beds, nice shower, washing and makeup area; a/c with remote control, tv, mini refrigerator. dining area is covered open area; small pool. staff very friendly and helpful. food- inexpensive, fresh, but not inspiring. there is construction of a five story monstrosity on an adjacent property- but construction noise was not a problem for us. (i can only imagine what this structure will do for the ambience at silencio in the future.)
Great hotel once the construction next door stops
This hotel was very clean and nice, but unfortunately there is major construction going on next door and it doesn't look like it will be done anytime soon. A new resort is being built and they work before 7am and on Saturdays and Sundays. Once this is completed, this is a great place to stay. The people are extremely nice and accommodating.
If you don't mind early morning noise, then you would be fine staying
here during the construction. We stayed here in mid-April 2007.
Wonderful Hotel, Great Location, Service with a Smile
We stayed at Silencio del Campo May 14-16 and thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. It is in a great location, close to the town of LaFortuna and with a great view of Arenal volcano.
We stayed in cabin three. The cabins were new and spacious. Our cabin had two double beds, air conditioning, and a big bathroom. We were quite pleased with the accomodations. The hotel grounds are immaculate with beautiful lush landscaping.
Our most memorable experience about this hotel was the level of service provided by the staff. When we arrived (tired after driving several hours), Alex greeted us with a smile and with two fruity drinks. Alex was also extremely helpful in booking our excursions (he took care of all of the details). All of the hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful and provided service with a smile. Also, the breakfast was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the banana pancakes!
There is a major construction project directly next door. A spa/resort is being built and construction noise was continuous from the early morning until the evening; however, the construction did not bother us a bit.
Silencio del Camp is a gem in LaFortuna. Despite the construction, this was our favorite hotel during our travels throughout Costa Rica!
Highlight of our Trip
Partner and I stayed last week in Cabin #6 with a direct view of (mostly cloud-covered) Arenal. The staff was the most gracious and friendly in all our week's experience of CR. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, the room was immaculate, and the breakfasts are delicious. Alex arranged our evening trip to Eco Termales, their hotsprings, which is about 200 mtres down the road. We almost went again the following night. The construction next door is, indeed, unfortunate. Aside from the aesthetic distraction, though, we only were bothered by the construction noise the day we decided to hang around and read/nap. (See photos.) The only other complaint we had was that the furniture on our little patio was not very comfortable; a minor point, but everything else was so well thought out (oh, perhaps better pillows, too!). But again, we felt most welcomed by Alex and the staff and would definitiely return or recommend. A great homebase for Arenal sites and activities.
Costa Rican plants
Plants in Arenal Botanical Garden 1996
Areanl Volcano, Costa Rica
Top of Baldi Hot Springs
La Fortuna Taxi Fares
This weekend begins my stay at the Arenal Lodge. I know it is a bit of a ways from La Fortuna. My question is this, does anyone have any recent experience with the cost of a taxi from the Arenal Lodge to La Fortuna? Also, does anyone know what the taxi fare is from La Fortuna Airport to La Fortuna itself? Thanks to all.
Re: La Fortuna Taxi Fares
We stayed at the Arenal Paraiso, but that is quite a bit closer to La Fortuna. Just as a data point for you, our fare was about 3,000 CRC each way. I would guess that a fare might be around 7,000 CRC, but the Arenal Lodge might be able to tell you.