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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

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Arenal National Park | El Castillo de La Fortuna, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 0651230, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't sure what to expect, but we really enjoyed our time here. Totally different than anywhere we've ever stayed. We opted for the superior tent - excellent beds, view of the jungle and lake. Communal bathrooms were clean and no issue. Staff here are all amazing.....especially fond of Niko, Melissa, Enrique, Antonio and Jairo. All of them will take... More 

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Spalt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is place is great, if you like to be in a quite area... We loved it. The view on the Vulcan Arenal and the lake are breath taking. There're rooms in houses, which are very nice, but we were in a tent. Also had a balcony with partly a view on the lake.... The noise of jungle around. We... More 

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tellysurf
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I truly have mixed feelings about Essence Arenal (to the extent that I'm uncertain whether it deserves a "poor" rating, or an "average" rating based on how the hostel markets ourselves). I love the location and the affordability. My struggles with Essence Arenal primarily are rooted in my personality and what I look for in a vacation. One thing is... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I am absolutely lyrical about this place. This is a recollection I will keep my whole life. We slept in a superior terrace tent with a great view over the forest and lake. It was really peacefully and in the morning we woke up with the sound of howler monkeys. Very friendly personal who were always willing to help with... More 

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The deluxe treehouse tents are a unique and exciting experience that our children absolutely loved. It would be quite warm during the day, but is pleasant in the evenings. You will not be in the room anyways during the day if you are in the area. The trail to the hilltop garden was a nice hike with howler monkeys and... More 

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Laval, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We stayed in a Deluxe Tent the 5 of us (2 adults and 3 teenagers) with great view over the jungle. The beds were comfortable and no mosquitoes at night in the tent. Common shower and bathroom areas were clean. After a month that the volcano was hidden in the clouds, we were lucky to see it shortly early in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Acabamos ahí por recomendación de TripAdvisor y la verdad fue un error. Lo único bueno del hotel son las vistas al volcan y el personal. La habitación estan descuidadas, las camas y los muebles viejos. El baño muy cutre y sin agua caliente. El desayuno insuficiente sabiendo que en esta zona haras una caminata por el monte. Las cenas son... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My first impression of Essence Arenal was how beautiful the property is. We were warmly greeted immediately upon arrival, and given a lovely tour. Our room had a gorgeous view, and I enjoyed having the jungle all around us. Dinner was delicious - well worth the price to socialize with other travelers from all over the globe. We enjoyed hiking... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Essence Arenal Boutique is part of a bigger project, that includes a permaculture farm. The spot is absolutely breathtaking: the landscape, the view of the volcano and the lake, the plants....Staff is very friendly and supportive of making arrangements for hikes or traveling on. There is a jacuzzi overlooking the lake and the volcano. The lunch and dinner options are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Essence is a very special place. First of all, the people are wonderful! So warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable, they are there to make your stay as fun, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. The food is the best you will find anywhere in the area. They have a thematic dinner every night - one night Mexican, another Italian, Indian, etc. -... More 

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