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    Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

    El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230, Costa Rica
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    04/06/2017 05/06/2017
    1 room
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      2 adults
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          US$35
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          Overview
          • Excellent62%
          • Very good26%
          • Average6%
          • Poor3%
          • Terrible1%
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          “organic farm” (24 reviews)
          “other guests” (20 reviews)
          Free Internet
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          Breakfast included
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          2.0 Star Hotel
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          1 - 5 of 457 reviews

          Reviewed 4 weeks ago

          Location: This hostel is located in a scenic spot high above El Castillo, on the south side of Lake Arenal. I'm sure there are people who manage to get here without their own vehicle, but it would be tough walking up the mountain to get...More

          Thank Rachel P
          Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

          Essence Arenal is a great place to be. All the staff is really nice and disposable. They propose a lot of tours and activities, no time to get bored. And the view is breath taking. you can also access to the farm where there is...More

          Thank Hajar K
          Reviewed 4 weeks ago

          Essence had stunning views and incredible food! Breakfast and lunch costs 6 bucks, and dinner is 12- great deal for the quality of food! Casada for lunch ( standard costa rican food) and themed for dinner ( spanish, mexican, etc etc). The hostel is very...More

          Thank Julie F
          Reviewed 6 April 2017

          A local person is San Jose recommended this place and it was totally worth it. We booked a large tree top tent that accommodated 5 adults. The bathrooms were close by. The were large organic farms and natural pools all around the property. The even...More

          Thank Akshatha P
          Reviewed 13 March 2017

          A friend of ours told us to visit this little gem. It's a fun drive down a dirt road to get there and the view is phenomenal. I loved our tent which was on a bamboo structure with a perfect little balcony that looked out...More

          Thank Carly K
          Linda Vista Hotel
          666 reviews
          #1 of 2 hotels in El Castillo
           
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          308 reviews
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          206 reviews
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          Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa
          1,904 reviews
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          About
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          • Top amenities
          • Pool
          • Free Parking
          • Restaurant
          • Free Internet
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          • Free Parking
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          • Hot Tub
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          • Price range
          • US$33 - US$57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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          • Non-Smoking Rooms
          • Number of rooms
          • 8
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          • Location
          • Costa Rica >
          • Province of Alajuela >
          • Arenal Volcano National Park >
          • El Castillo
          • Also Known As
          • Essence Arenal Boutique Hotel El Castillo
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          Traveller (380)
          Room & Suite (66)
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          Hotel & Grounds (267)
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          Brittany F
          Hi! Im going to the hotel end of May and still dont know how to get there. How did you get from San Jose to the hotel? Im not planning on renting a car but you think I should? Thanks!
          14 April 2017|
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          Brittany F
          How do we get from La fortuna to your hostel?
          14 April 2017|
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          Response from ZaMartin | Reviewed this property |
          Take the 142 west from La Fortuna. Take a left to enter Arenal Volcano National Park, which is well marked. Follow the signs to Essence. You will go through the tiny town of El Castillo. Keep going. When you think... More
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          Love_traveling491
          Is it easy to reach this accommodation if we don't rent a car. And how will we get around from this property to the volcano, waterfall etc if we don't have a car. Would you recommend this to us?
          27 October 2016|
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          Response from gary g | Reviewed this property |
          As the others have said you will need a car. I wouldn't exactly say you need a high clearance auto but it wouldn't hurt.
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          "Tree Top Tents!"
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          "awesome views, yoga, organic farm"
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          "if you enjoy to wake up in the middle of the nature, ask to stay at the farm, you wont regret it!! And say..."
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          "Go for a tent!"
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