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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

Arenal National Park | El Castillo de La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 0651230, Costa Rica
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Ranked #2 of 5 El Castillo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Essence Arenal was a great base a couple of nights while visiting the volcano. The views from the accommodation are great, and we spent a leisurely morning exploring the farm and hiking trail through the forest. The dinner meal was good value and tasty food. The road to get there is steep and rough, but it is only 500 m... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I only have praise for Essence Arenal. It was recommended to me by two locals in CR, and so I took their advice and stayed a night in one of the military style tents. You really will not get more bang for your buck anywhere in La Fortuna or the surrounding area. The views are epic and the accommodations are... More 

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I really enjoyed my stay at Essence Arenal Hostel. I was planning to stay there for 3 nights, then I added one more night and canceled my monteveda cloud forest trip just because I like it so much. I can stay there for years I guess. It's very peaceful place there, and the food the chef provided everyday is so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I stayed at Essence in December 2012 and stopped by for dinner in February 2014. When I go back, I will stay there again. The location is breathtaking. El Castillo is a little out of the way, and it is possibly the most peaceful place I've ever been. You can walk around the organic farm, do yoga or meditate on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Two best rooms have 1/2 of shower without curtain or door so water splashes off you into bathroom. No ceiling fans and in August it does not get "no-fan-needed" cold at night. Lights malfunctioning. Broken window screens. Door handle broke and locked us in room, worker told us management had known of handle problem previously. Summary: poorly maintained, could be... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in the safari tents. We should have been alerted right away by the use of the term “boutique hostel.” Really. It was great listening to the sounds of the jungle at night, and having a private porch to hang out on. Some of the staff who work at the hostel (Henry and Chico in particular) --... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We stayed in a tent with balcony, did Yoga at 6.am breathing the sun, had great food an fun preparing it together with the creative chef an laughed a lot with the crew! Thanks to them! Pura Vida! My advice: Bring your own car and if sleeping in a tent you need a mosquitonet.

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Chardon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Essence is amazing. After two weeks of traveling up and down Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, this experience was more than we could have asked for. The staff was friendly, helpful and skilled, the location was breathtaking, and we left feeling refreshed and eager to visit again. We really appreciated Essence's emphasis on health and wellness. The vegetarian meals, prepared by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a very nice little hostel. The people are great, their is a little pool and trampoline for kids up the hill on their finca. About two doors down there is a little bakery which makes *the* best rye bread and cookies! You may need to order in advance. The hostel provides breakfast, lunch and dinner at a price.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Loved this place. Great quiet location with a fantastic view. The amenities were good and the food was excellent. Enjoyed seeing the volcano from the jacuzzi (although the water was not hot enough). We stayed in one of the delux rooms and were warned that it occasionally had pressure problems in the shower. However, we discovered that the pressure in... More 

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Address: Arenal National Park | El Castillo de La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 0651230, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
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Number of rooms: 8
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