With so many hotel options in the La Fortuna/Arenal area, it is hard to choose where to stay. I’ll share a full review of our three-night stay at Hotel El Silencio del Campo and why it is the perfect hotel for families. With large one-bedroom suites, thermals baths with bar service, breakfast included and even a small farm with pony rides.
Arrival to Hotel El Silencio Del Campo, La Fortuna:
Located just down the road from the main town of La Fortuna, Hotel El Silencio del Campo is near well-known resorts such as Baldi and the Springs Resort. You’ll see a wooden sign and gate marking its location.
Stop at the reception in order to check-in. You’ll be greeted with cold towels and a smoothie as a welcome to the hotel.
A map is provided along with information about how to get towels, what time you can milk a cow at the farm and the location of the hot springs.
Once all the information has been exchanged, a credit card is placed on hold and any questions are answered, a staff member leads you to the parking area. From there, the staff walks you through the maze of paths to your own private villa!
Rooms at Hotel El Silencio Del Campo :
There is a choice of three types of rooms. The standard villa features two queen beds, a small mini bar area complete with drinks and snacks (for purchase), a large bathroom sink with separate toilet/shower. Robes are provided for your use along with shelves to place your belongings. Outside the door is a patio with a table for four.
Looking for a room for two? Book their romantic room with a king-size bed, the same amenities as above and then two extra chairs inside. If you really want to add some romance, book the romantic room with Jacuzzi!
Traveling as a family of 5? Book the Family room with two queen beds and a single bed (all in the same room).
Besides the bed configuration and having a jacuzzi, the rooms are similar and are scattered along wandering paths throughout the hotel property.
We stayed in room 11, which was about ½ way into the property and along the back path towards the hot springs. It was perfect since it was close to the playground and an easy walk to both the restaurant and the thermal pools.
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Hot Springs:
The hotel features its own private hot springs located at the back of the resort. It is a short walk from any of the villas down the left or right side. You’ll walk past the spa and duck pond before you reach the entrance.
The largest of the hot springs is the first pool that’s you’ll encounter and the closest to the bar. It has a zero-entry at the front and then entrance stairs around to the right. This pool features plenty of seating, a waterfall and lounge chairs nearby. One day it was the coolest pool and then another day it was the hottest!
Down the left side path, you’ll find a smaller pool with more seating, a waterfall, and a depth of only 3.5 feet or so. This was our favorite pool because it’s great for kids and has a covered seating area with a table for four. Also located down the right side is a private hot tub tucked away. It features a powerful waterfall and is nice and hot. Perfect for a waterfall massage.
Down the right-side path, from the bar, you’ll find a cold pool, a jacuzzi with jets and then a smaller version of our favorite pool down at the bottom with two lounger chairs under a covering.
Almost all of the hot springs provide privacy, tranquility, and warmth. Drink service is provided once your order at the bar and you can enjoy your drinks while in the hot springs. The bar also features a small snack menu.
The hot springs are not open to the public, so most days we were the only family enjoying them. Even with other families and couples, we each found our own pool to enjoy.
I highly recommend the Oreo Frappuccino and smoothies for the kids.
Note: I didn’t see any lifejackets or water toys, so bring your own if your kids would like them.
The hot springs don’t open until mid-afternoon. The staff cleans the hot springs from 6:30 am till 12:30 pm. However, we went down to the hot springs around 11:30 am one day and the staff was finished cleaning and the bar service was open.
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Pool:
In addition to the hot springs, the hotel also features a large non-heated pool at the center of the property. Also located nearby is a baby or kids pool. There are deck loungers, chairs, and tables for use. It is open from 10 am-10 pm, but grab your towels at reception before heading down to the pool.
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Farm:
Also located on the hotel property is a farm with a variety of animals as well as a garden. If you go to the farm around 7:30 am you can milk the cow. We took part in this activity and were impressed with how clean the cow was and how easy she was to milk!
We also visited with the mini ponies, chickens, sheep and various farm animals.
If your children would like to take a pony ride, you can come back to the farm around 9/9:30 to ride around the property. We were out on tours both days, so we missed the opportunity.
Both activities are free of charge for hotel guests.
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Spa:
There is a spa on site that offers facials, massages, and treatments. I did not take part in any of the services, but they are there if you’d like to use them. The spa is located in a private area of the hotel property across from the duck pond.
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Playground:
Located just across from the second parking area, there is a nice playground with swings for all ages, a slide, seesaw, and little tikes climber. It’s perfect for the kids to get out a bit of extra energy.
The villas are all contained inside a pedestrian-only area with only one road running into and out of the property on the far right-hand side. This makes the hotel property extremely kid-friendly.
Hotel El Silencio Del Campo Restaurant:
Breakfast is included for all guests from 6:30 am. There are two covered outdoor dining areas with views overlooking trees where the staff places fruit to lure the birds. It’s perfect for bird watching.
Breakfast includes a variety of options ranging from a typical Costa Rican breakfast of rice and beans with eggs to waffles and pancakes. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also complementary. However, my favorite was the fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, and fresh-pressed juices.
We also decided to enjoy dinner at the restaurant one night after a busy day of tours and soaking in the hot springs. We were visiting during the low season and had dinner quite early, so we were the only patrons in the restaurant.
I ordered a zucchini boat and my husband ordered Tica soup and salad. Our meals were ok. The zucchini boat needed a bit of moisture, so I added the famous Lizono salsa as well as guacamole.
My son enjoyed his cheese quesadilla and we all liked the volcano brownie. You can’t beat a nice warm brownie complete with French vanilla ice cream and fudge.
- Is Hotel El Silencio del Campo family-friendly? Yes! We loved having our own private villa in a stand-alone building. We had plenty of privacy and didn’t have to worry about a bit of extra noise from our son, especially when he wakes up early. The hotel also features a playground, farm to milk cows, pony rides and free breakfast starting at 6:30 am.
- Does Hotel El Silencio have natural hot springs? No, the only natural hot springs are at Tabacon Thermal Resort. All of the other hotels use a variety of heater pumps to warm the water. However, the hotel does not sell day passes and thus the only people using the hot springs are guests. The hot springs are extremely well cared for and private.
- Does Hotel El Silencio decorate for the holidays? Yes! Guests visiting from mid-November until January will enjoy season decorations all around the resort, including decorations on each villa.
- Does Hotel El Silencio offer family rooms? Yes, families as large as 5 can enjoy a villa. However, there are no villas currently with multiple rooms. All of the beds are located in one room, but parents can enjoy the outdoor seating area.
- Does Hotel El Silencio offer umbrellas? Yes, they are umbrellas located in the front lobby and near reception. Feel free to borrow one during your stay.
We absolutely loved our stay at Hotel El Silencio Del Campo, Costa Rica. The hotel is centrally located to explore all the great restaurants and activities in the area. The thermal pools were a favorite and the entire property was really family-friendly. We stayed during the transition period between the rainy season and the dry season, so the rates were really affordable. Check out the link below to book your stay!
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