location in the rainforest, hiking trail Value for money was not as expected. For the price the amenities and conditions of the rooms was pretty basic. There is rustic, which is fine, but basic for the price paid was not as expected. Night staffing wasn't very receptive.
You can have fine dining and a full service spa after a walk through the forest just steps from your room. Warm during the day, showers cool the afternoon for a lovely breeze at night, perfect for stargazing. Beautiful chapel as part of the property is converted for special events.
We went during the rainy season, so it felt as if we had this hotel to ourselves. Actually one evening we did! The staff was amazing. They have a movie theater that they normally have scheduled movies, but they let us pick out a movie we wanted to watch. Free breakfast every morning. Since there were so few people there, we got to pick from the list of foods served during their buffets and they made it fresh. All the veggies are grown there at the hotel. They also have a dairy farm there so I had the best sour cream ever. We had a few tours scheduled away from the hotel, and even though we had to drive a bit, the hotel staff made sure we were comfortable. Also, they upgraded our room to a villa. It had a fireplace, huge bathtub, and beautiful view! I cannot say enough good things about this hotel!
We just returned from a 3 night stay which was part of the 'Amigas in Costa Rica' package. El Silencio is not 'just another upscale hotel or lodge', it is truly unique. Immersing ourselves in this location, literally we could feel ourselves unwind and relax from the moment we stepped out of the car. From the first greeting by the friendly and accommodating staff, we were made to feel like this was our home. It was such a remote and peaceful location there were many times that we felt like we were the only two people there. There was a good balance of activites/tours and relaxation time. The food selections are healthy and delicious, the dining area spectacular and we appreciated having the organic gardens and trout pond accessible to walk to. The cultural experience was a highlight of our stay, the local people made us feel like family. Being here has by far been the best vacation experience we have had. We are rejuvenated from being surrounded by the beauty of the cloud forest, hik...