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Toro Amarillo, 1 kilometro al Norte de la Iglesia de, Bajos del Toro 21203 Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#1 of 2 hotels in Bajos del Toro
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique luxury cloud forest hotel set in Costa Rica's pristine Bajos del Toro region. Flanked by two national parks, this all-suite and private villa hotel combines upscale comforts with an intense natural immersion experience. Outstanding features include farm-to-table cuisine, a wellness spa, an adventure park, and authentic cultural experiences. Zip-lining, rappelling, horseback riding, waterfall hiking, oxcart painting, Tico cooking lessons, free Wi-Fi, and more can be enjoyed by couples and families.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Bicycle tours
Board games / puzzles
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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AnnaColorado wrote a review Nov 2021
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We had originally planned to stay at the Tabacon thermal resort & spa for 5 days, but the resort didn't have any availability for 5 days so we needed to find another hotel for two nights. We found El Silencio because it was the only luxury hotel we could find close to San Jose airport without having to stay in San Jose for more than 1 night. The drive to El Silencio from La Fortuna was a little hairy, with all the twists, turns, narrow road & a lot of pot holes. We didn't have a 4-wheel drive so we were nervous not being able to make it to El Silencio but we did & well worth the drive. The resort is lovely & the staff was super friendly. We spent 12 days in Costa Rica & the service at El Silencio was the best we received in all of Costa Rica. The service was superb & so prompt. We never had to wait for much of anything. It rained hard the entire 2 days we were at El Silencio but the resort & our room were so comfortable that it was nice to just decompress. The drive back to San Jose was challenging as there were sections that are steep incline & our car could not make it up. Luckily there's a lower incline route that we ended up taking. Highly recommend El Silencio if you are looking for a low key, peaceful resort. The weather was much cooler in this area. Highly recommend a 4 wheel drive or a car with decent horsepower. Also don't attempt to drive to/from this resort after dark.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Guest Relations, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 2 days ago
We celebrate that you found us! El Silencio Lodge & Spa's proximity to the San José Airport (SJO) makes us a perfect destination to start or end an amazing Costa Rica adventure. Thanks for voicing many of the recommendations that we provide to our guests. Bajos del Toro is a hidden gem, inlaid in a mountainous wonderland of forest and waterfalls. Far removed from the concrete jungle but within 90 minutes of the airport. We strongly recommend using an SUV to reach us (and to drive more comfortably around Costa Rica). Another great option is to engage a private driver. We will gladly relay your praise of our team as the most hospitable you found during your getaway. Our goal is to be the very best and it is always encouraging to learn that we are succeeding. Warmest regards and best wishes for an amazing Holiday Season!
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skybab wrote a review Mar 2021
los angeles15 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favourite
A paradise in Cost Rica! We decided to visit Costs Rica after found El Silencio online and the pictures online did not do it justice. The service The locals and staff members were the best part of our stay. We met the nicest and most warm people who took care of us and attended to our every need in such detail. We got to know the staff members on a personal level and it made the stay even more special. (A huge thank you to Merlyn from reception, Bryon, Edwardo and Kenneth(much thanks to pics) from activities and Mario, Alejandro and Luis from dining 😊). Activities We were blown away by the caliber of in-house activities. Usually we tend to venture out of resorts to find the best experiences, but during our stay at El Silencio we took advantage of the zip-lining, horse back riding and waterfall hikes situated just inside the resort, which were absolutely breathtaking. To summarize we were so impressed with the place and what it had to offer. I would definitely recommend this place if you enjoy adventure and beauty. El Silencio would remain as one of the most memorable place in our hearts. Thank you everyone!💖
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from El Silencio Lodge, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 27 Mar 2021
Hi Skybab! It was a delight to be your hosts and it was a delight to read your glowing review of El Silencio Lodge & Spa. We are proud of the caring hospitality that our team has crafted over the years. It's been a team effort, engaging our neighboring communities, and the best selection of professionals. Our unique combination of eco-adventures, fine dining, luxurious accommodations, and pristine forest is only surpassed by the authentic friendship that permeates the lodging experience. We thank you back, wholeheartedly!
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Volker L wrote a review Nov 2021
Murrieta, California128 contributions26 helpful votes
This place is truly a hidden gem From the airport pick up , the front desk staff, housekeeping staff and my favorite the restaurant staff, juan Carlos, Luis , Alejandro and the chef and his kitchen ream, this is what a team looks like. Once you are here, you are family, this place is special by all means. A world away , yet so close Fantastic homes to waterfalls, a super relaxing hummingbird garden as well as an on site spa, once you come here, you want to come back Gracias El silencio !!! What a wonderful place
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Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Guest Relations, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 4 days ago
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about El Silencio Lodge and the brand of hospitality that we love to craft. It was a true pleasure to be your hosts and we are grateful for letting us fully showcase the hidden wonders of our surroundings and the peaceful charm that characterizes our hospitality. We are thrilled to learn that you are inspired to return. We hope to see you again very soon.
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Morgane A wrote a review Nov 2021
9 contributions3 helpful votes
What a wonderful stay in this amazing Relais&Chateaux property! The service is great, friendly and the cuisine is excellent. The location is splendid and really immerses you into the Costa Rican nature. We did many great activities and our guides were very knowledgeable. A big thank you to Frederic, Marie, Chef Nicolás, Juan Carlos and all the staff that made our stay truly exceptional. Pura vida !
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Guest Relations, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 1 week ago
Bearing the Relais & Châteaux imprimatur is an honor that we hold dearly. It inspires us to craft unforgettable hospitality experiences to charm and delight our guests. We were delighted to be your hosts, showcasing the uniquely soothing properties of Costa Rica's cloud forest and the many wonderful adventures it holds within.
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Judi W wrote a review Nov 2021
Orlando, Florida287 contributions117 helpful votes
We loved everything about El Silencio Lodge. The Farm to Table dining was delicious. We really liked the Costa Rica cooking style. We tried every homemade soup and loved them all. I am so glad I was able to get a Cappuccino every morning made with skim milk. The bar was great too, they had Fevertree tonic. The tours were outstanding. We hiked to Las Gemarous waterfall and the three waterfalls on site with guides. We had a great whitewater rafting trip with Class II and III rapids. The trip included a guide in a small kayak taking pictures and video of us during the two hour ride on the Sarapiqui River. If you like massages, book one here. We booked a couples massage after the whitewater rafting and it was one of the best we have ever had. The massages are wonderful in Costa Rica. We loved getting into our private hot tub after hiking.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Guest Relations, Guest Services / Front Office at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Responded 2 weeks ago
To spark an adventure state of mind and a joyful state of being is our ultimate hospitality goal. Thanks so much Judi for sharing the many details that inspired you to fall in love with El Silencio Lodge & Spa and Costa Rica. It was a true pleasure to be your hosts. We love to connect our visitors with our country's authentic culture through adventures, wellness, and gastronomy. And in addition to our many onsite experiences, we are thrilled to help our guests enjoy many of the extraordinary trips and treks that surround us. We hope you return to this special refuge very soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Poas Volcano (7.3 km), Finca Organica (6.6 km), and Blue Falls of Costa Rica (6.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a view of the mountains, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Las Ventanas Restaurant, Restaurant Tipico Toro Amarillo, and Restaurante Nene.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Silencio Lodge & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does El Silencio Lodge & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is El Silencio Lodge & Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.