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El Silencio Lodge and Spa

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We've just returned from an incredible three weeks in Costa Rica and couldn't fault any of the accommodation we stayed in. El Silencio was a truly idyllic escape. We stayed for three nights at the beginning of our trip, which was perfect for de-stressing and immersing ourselves in the truly breathtaking surroundings. Our lodge had stunning wrap around views of the cloud forest, was perfectly appointed and very comfortable. The bathroom was large and doors opened onto our private jacuzzi which was welcome at the end of a long day hiking, as were the hot water bottles placed in our bed at turndown, when we returned from dinner! The estate is vast with rivers, waterfalls, zip lining, hikes (and more) all on site and you can book many activities on and off the grounds. The main restaurant served delicious food and the staff were a delight, so attentive but yet informal. We ate in their other (family) restaurant - Hierbabuena - only once. Maybe it was an 'off" night but several things weren't available off a quite limited menu and we felt the standard was not as high. My only criticism is the lack of a gym or swimming pool - on non-active and rainy days it would've been a welcome distraction! However it wouldn't deter us from visiting again.

The road here was very windy. Once here, it was worth it. The views are amazing. Miles of well maintained trails to beautiful waterfalls. The staff was excellent. The concierge remembered us right away. She was helpful in arranging our massages and chocolate tour. Meals were delicious. I will highly recommend to my friends seeking quiet and solitude. Not for anyone looking for an exciting nightlife.

I brought my 16 year old daughter here on a special trip, and it was a great choice. The onsite hikes are fabulous, and all the offsite activities are fantastic as well. We did all the trails on the property and did horseback tour and the del toro waterfall hike. Can't even pick a favorite - they were all so great! The food is wonderful, and the rooms are so quiet. Nothing bad to say at all!

This place is great. After the windy road, through the clouds, as it was getting dark - the warm towels and welcome mint drinks pretty much set the scene for the next few days. We stayed in a new master suite with two bedrooms for us and our two children. We took a hike to the waterfall La Promesa with Gregory and he was great with them (and us!) and we saw bugs, birds and other animals. The food was probably the best we had on our trip in Costa Rica (3 hotels total - all of which were great).

There is something wonderfully serene and peaceful about El Selencio. Perhaps it is the fact this small boutique hotel is nestled in an isolated spot in a cloud forest 2/3 up a mountain, or maybe it the cooling breeze that was constantly blowing through the forest, or maybe it was the constant sound of running water that you can hear from the main river and many streams that run throughout the property. In any event, this is a place that is made for relaxation. We spent 2 nights in their new 2 bedroom Master Suites, which is actually a 2 bedroom bungalow about 7 minutes walk from the hotel reception. The rooms are spacious, with 1 large double and 2 queen rooms. There is a large bathroom with shower but no bath although there is a hot tub on the veranda which faces out to the forest. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept on. There is no WiFi in the Suite although there is at the hotel reception. Personally I think this is a shortcoming as I see having WiFi as the same as having hot water for the shower but I appreciate that others may see this differently. Certainly I would have preferred to have WiFi to be able to watch Netflix etc at night. The food at the hotel was good as opposed to excellent or exceptional. We ate at the less formal restaurant which served typical Costa Rican food and the main restaurant. We are not particularly foodies but I certainly would not say we were blown away by the food. If you are after Haute Cuisine, I suspect there are better places to go, but I also expect people don’t come to El Selencio for just the food. We were at the hotel with our 9 and 13 year old daughters. Although the hotel clearly caters for families and there were others with children of similar ages, we felt El Selencio is quite sophisticated and is therefore more suited to adults or at least older teenagers. That said, even our youngest could appreciate that this is a special and wonderfully relaxing place. We all loved the walks up to see the waterfalls. One tip: this hotel is in the cloud forest and is significantly cooler than other parts of Costa Rica that we visited. We ended up wearing fleeces and long trousers that were not required anywhere else during our trip. Bring warm clothing!

I stayed at El Silencio for 10 nights this month on my own as my annual holiday away from the family for peace and quiet and this was exactly what I got. The lodges are lovely and large with drink making facilities and a small fridge, large bathroom and large windows with fantastic views. I cannot praise all of the staff enough - they are professional, very friendly and helpful. Because I was there for longer than most guests stay, the chef offered to make me something different for dinner on two of the nights which was very kind of her. There is plenty to do there but of course you cannot predict the weather which is cool and quite often rainy for several hours. The hotel offers indoor activities though which you can do on rainy days which I thoroughly enjoyed. The hiking was excellent as well as the horse riding, with very knowledgeable guides to point out flora and fauna. There is a heater in the room and the turn down service always puts a hot water bottle in the bed in the evening. Free hot chocolate drink in the afternoon was also very welcome. Thanks to William, the manager, Jonathan, Martine and the other guys in the restaurant, all the chefs, maids, Orlando & Gregory and the other guides, Monika & Victoria on reception, Jimmy and Milton who were the drivers - they made my holiday a truly wonderful experience.

We stayed at El Silencio at the recommendation of our travel company Central America Vacation, and they were spot on! This place was the perfect remote and quiet getaway. We did several of their tours during out stay, each one was amazing and unique. The guides were friendly and fun which provided some distraction during some of our more difficult hikes (they even cleaned and dried our muddy shoes after!) The food was amazing during our entire trip, the entire staff was friendly and assisted us with practicing our Spanish. Make sure you check out the waterfalls on the property if you go, they are not to be missed!

Stayed here for 3 nights and I have to say I absolutely LOVED it. Was the 3 rd property we had visited in different locations all with their different good points. However nothing came anywhere near this place. Every comfort is catered for from fires in the room, to hot chocolate delivered every afternoon, and shoes cleaned FOC. The staff go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience. My husband was poorly with a really bad cold and they delivered dinner to the room even though this is not a part of their normal service. Special mention to the waiters Eduardo, Jonas and another lovely young guy with dark hair, tall whose name I have lost. The reception too were brilliant, both girls were eager to please and helpful. As my husband was ill, we missed a bird watching tour which without asking they refunded to our bill. You are in the cloud forest so the weather is unpredictable to say the least. We did manage the waterfall hike with Orlando which was lovely and he took time to point out anything of interest. For me, forget rustic, if you want to be remote but in complete comfort then this is the place for you.

Our trip was just a short weekend get-a-way and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The hot tub was hot when we arrived and they delivered our hot chocolate right to our cabin. The macadamia crusted chicken was delicious at the Las Ventanas restaurant. The next morning was cool, but nice for a hike to 5 different falls. Too bad we didn't have more time to relax even more.

The positive reviews say it all... the property is not so easy to reach, but when you arrive you immediately feel like it is your private resort in the cloud forest. It was an absolutely perfect honeymoon destination with everything you need on the property and, perhaps more importantly, an absence of the things that you really can live better without. The rooms are perfectly appointed, the food and staff are wonderful and the surroundings could not be more spectacular. This is a place I would love to visit on a yearly basis to disconnect from all of the stress of the modern world!

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Hotel highlights

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

El Silencio Lodge and Spa places you 23.1 mi (37.2 km) from Aguas Zarcas Church and 23.2 mi (37.4 km) from Aquas Zarcas Square. This 15-room, 4-star hotel has private in-room spa tubs along with a full-service spa and free self parking. Doka Estate is 26.1 mi (41.9 km) from the hotel, which is in the mountains.


Free cooked-to-order breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: Las Ventanas specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Hierbabuena Restaurant offers relaxing garden views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


All 15 rooms provide private spa tubs, furnished balconies or patios, and minibars. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries, and pillowtop beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters ensure a restful night. Coffee makers, safes, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of El Silencio Lodge and Spa enjoy features like a full-service spa, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for CRC 170.00 per vehicle. Front-desk staff can assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this spa hotel include coffee/tea in a common area, a library, and express check-in.

Room options

Deluxe Suite

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Villa, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Master Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 708 reviews