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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Great view on the Arenal volcano and the lake. Probably the last hotel on the trail and located highest on the hill opposite to the volcano. Clean, basic room, shared bathroom, the managing girl enthusiastic in an US-american way. Great jungle surroundings nice for short...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 13 March 2012

We stayed here, with our 4 young children for 3 nights. They had a quadruple room with bunk beds and we a double room next door. As previous reviews have said, the rooms are basic, but the beds comfortable. We shared the shower and toilet...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We stayed here for three nights in February. Rooms are in the o.k department but v.good value for money and the location is excellent, there are plenty of nice places to lounge around with a beer in the evenings too.. Walk 5-10 minutes up the...More

Thank kirp
Reviewed 19 February 2012

With family of 6 we shared 2 rooms for 2 nights. Our take: Lovely people, good food - communal dining was very nice, good rooms (but it ain't The Peninsula), clean showers and loos; all in all great value for money. We all loved it...More

Thank Alexander3200
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Stayed for two nights, one with a private bathroom and one in the tents. Definitely preferred the room, but the tents weren't bad at all. The drive IS as bad as everyone says, but definitely doable (we even did the drive at night the second...More

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Brittany F
14 April 2017|
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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|
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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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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"
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"We chose a room with a private bathroom."
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"Deluxe terrace tent #4 had an awesome view and a double bed"
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