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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

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Essence Arenal is an incredible volcano and lake view hostel, the perfect opportunity to live a real eco experience in a familiar atmosphere. With all comforts: pool, cafeteria, Japanese heated pool, common kitchen, fire place, jungle trails, waterfall, private or shared bathroom, TV and DVD rental, Internet, Play Station, tours info. And a unique position to observe volcano activities.
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1 km al sur de El Castillo junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230 Costa Rica
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport77 km
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Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

If you don’t like tourist places like la fortuna, El Castillo and essence Arenal is the place for You. Staff was heartwarming and we felt like home after minutes. Veggie food available and yummy. View is incredible! Highly recommended

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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

This proved to be my favourite hostel during my time in Costa Rica! It’s a bit tricky to get to, perched up on the hill in El Castillo, but offers splendid views of the Arenal Volcano, especially at sunset. You can tell the hostel itself...More

Thank Catherine B
Response from EssenceArenall, Gerente at Essence Arenal Boutique HostelResponded 27 May 2018

Dear Catherine, Thanks so much for sharing your experience and visiting Essence Arenal. for us was a real pleasure to serve you. come back soon!! Best regards!!

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

The place is great, the big tents are nearly up in the trees with a great view on the lake. It is like sleeping in the middle of the forest. Nice jacuzzi to use in the evening, and a common area. Plus the food they...More

Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 3 April 2018

The lure of beautiful views of El Arenal volcano and Lake Arenal was what attracted us to Essence and we were not disappointed. Our photos are the stuff of postcards. Though Essence classifies itself as a hostel we had a spacious, comfortable room with a...More

Thank SUPGuy
Response from EssenceArenall, Gerente at Essence Arenal Boutique HostelResponded 4 April 2018

Dear guest, Thank you very much for staying with us and shared you experience, was a real pleasure to have you here. We hope to welcome you again King regards from Essence staff.

Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

We had dinner at the Essence Arenal where they make only one dinner each evening. It is totally prepared right there in the kitchen area and you can participate if you desire. They have some volunteer staff who get room and meals and the room...More

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Response from EssenceArenall, Gerente at Essence Arenal Boutique HostelResponded 23 March 2018

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for visit Essence Arenal and taking time to evaluate us, If ever come to Costa Rica againg would be a pleasure to welocmne you another time. Kid regards

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Brittany F
14 April 2017|
Response from EssenceArenall | Property representative |
Dear Brittany, Sorry for not reply your question. We din´t see the email at the right time. apology for any inconvenience Best regards, Jairo Lopez.
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14 April 2017|
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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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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"Tents 5,6 and 7 have the best views"
14 Feb 2018
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"We chose a room with a private bathroom."
5 Jan 2018
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"Deluxe terrace tent #4 had an awesome view and a double bed"
2 Jun 2017
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"Tree Top Tents!"
6 Apr 2017
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US$27 - US$58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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