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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 6 El Castillo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This place deserves 5 full starts. The location is fabulous, the food was super delicious, fresh, vegetarian made by the chef there. The rooms were very clean, with amazing views, hot water, and window nets so you can leave the windows open. The price was incredible, for a private room for 3-4 people we paid 60-70 in June. That is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is such a beatiful location. the staff are so welcoming. Stay here don`t go to La Fortuna town unless you want more touristy experience. Here you are close to the land and a fabulous view of the volcano. The tent was very comfortable, the birds, monkeys and the rest sang us awake ! Food was excellent and worth paying... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stayed overnight while passing through the area & glad we found it. The views of both the volcano & lake are spectacular as it sits on a hill directly between them. We stayed in one of the rooms which are nothing special, but are clean & functional (& dirt cheap!). The staff is super friendly & the group dinner including... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

My family and I loved our stay at Essence. It's absolutely worth the difficult drive. We appreciated the room, hot tub, amazing views, etc. but the food was the best part! My mother has several serious food allergies, and the chef Marvin went out of his way to serve her specially prepared meals (on top of the three-courses he was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

My fiance and I absolutely loved Essence. The people, food, facilities, surrounding area, and vibes were amazing. We cancelled the rest of our trip to stay there because we enjoyed it so much. I will definitely return there. You can't go wrong staying at Essence. Once you get there, you become part of the family that lives there...really wonderful people.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Excellent stay... Marvin and staff is super awesome... Food is like served in 5 star restuarants... Getting here is tough (follow signs for butterfly garden and 700m ahead on left is this heaven) Beautiful views from everywhere here... Just amazing...!!!

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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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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. ... more   less 
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